Legendary violinist Ruggiero Ricci, one of Intermusica’s first artists, dies aged 94
Published: 06 August 2012
Today we received the sad news that the great violinist Ruggiero Ricci has died, aged 94. Ricci was one of the three first artists on the Intermusica roster when it was founded 30 years ago. Founder and Managing Director Stephen Lumsden pays tribute:
“Ricci was a legend who had a similar career path to his close friend Yehudi Menuhin being a child prodigy as well as a prolific performer and recording artist. I remember him telling the story of the day he played to Albert Einstein, among others.
He was famous particularly for his marathon concerts, a number of which Intermusica presented in London, including all the Bach solo Sonatas and Partitas, the 24 Caprices of Paganini and many concerts where he played three major concerti in one evening.
Ruggiero had a golden heart and not a bad bone in his body. In later years he became a legendary teacher as well and will be much missed by the violin world in particular, which regards him as one of the true greats. I have a lot to be thankful for in knowing him and having had his support at the very beginning. Our deepest condolences to his widow, Julia, from everyone here at Intermusica.”