Riccardo Bonci

Organ Intensive Guest Artist

Born in Terni (Italy), Riccardo graduated in Piano and Organ from the Conservatoires of Terni and Perugia, gaining full marks in both, and also trained as Opera Repetiteur and continuo playing.

The training went on in London at the Royal Academy of Music, where he graduated from the “Postgraduate in Performance” Organ course with Distinction and the much coveted award of “DipRAM”; during his studentship he also studied the Art-Harmonium and Choir Conducting.

The Royal Academy of Music awarded him the “PIDEM Organ Fellowship” for the academic year 2005-2006.

After having worked at St Barnabas Church in Dulwich for 15 years as Assistant Director of Music, he was appointed Organist at the Cathedral of Orvieto.

Riccardo has performed with some very distinguished musicians and musical institutions (BBC Wales, Trevor Pinnock, Lydia Mordgovitch, Thomas Indermühle, Johannes Geffert, Levon Chilingirian, Dante Quartet, Bloomsbury Chamber Orchestra, London Oriana Choir, Young Musician Symphony Orchestra, Solisti di Perugia) in prestigious venues and for well-known concert societies (BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall, Westminster Cathedral, Royal Festival Hall, King’s Place, St James Piccadilly, St John Smith Square, Huddersfield University, Magdalen College Oxford; Amici della Musica Perugia, Amici della Musica Trapani, Sagra Musicale Umbra, St Peter’s Vatican City; Neresheim Abteikirche; Thomaskirche, Leipzig; Hofkirche, Dresden; Georgenkirche, Eisenach; National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai).

His CD releases, The John Reading Manuscript of Dulwich College (Brilliant Classics), The Grand Tour Goes to England (Master Chord) and the Petite Messe Solennelle (Brilliant Classics) have been received very positively by the specialised press: “★★★★✩” (Choir and Organ); “★★★★✩ Virtuosité sans faille…” (Diapason); “highly communicative performances… outstanding” (Organist’s Review); “★★★★✩ Bonci’s performances are slick and polished” (Early Music Magazine); “most enjoyable and convincing” (Church Music Quarterly); “Delicada y solvente interpretación del organista italiano y una toma sonora realmente admirable, ejemplar” (Codalario, January 2014); “Riccardo Bonci shows and impressive awareness of the style and offers a generally most convincing performance…” (The Diapason, August 2014); “…an unusually striking account of the work’s instrumental interlude, the ‘Prélude religieux’.” (Gramophone, April 2015).