Giovanni Ricciardi was born in Genoa and took up the cello at the age of six. He studied at the Nicolo Paganini Conservatory in Genoa under Professor Nevio Zanardi where he attained the highest grades.
He has taken courses in musical interpretation and musical teaching methodology at the Accademia di Alto Perfezionamento in Padua, the Music School in Portogruaro, the Bavarian Academy of Music, and Musik Hoch Schule in Mannheim with Michael Flaksman.
Giovanni has been the recipient of many prizes amongst which are Citta di Stresa International Contest, Rovere D’oro International Contest and Citta di Genova National (Bow instruments) Contest.
He performs regularly as a soloist in concerts both in Italy and abroad performing with the Florentine Chamber Orchestra, Italian Philharmonic, Las Plamas Philharmonic (Spain), Campinas University Orchestra (Brazil) and La Paz Symphony Orchestra (Bolivia). He has also performed in numerous festivals including Madrid Tchaikovsky Festival, the IBM International Festival in Brazil, Volgograd Festival, Ascoli Piceno Festival, Festival Internazionale Isola di Capraia and Flamensemble-Florence
He is regularly invited to Latin America by the Dante Alghieri Society in collaboration with Entel Partner Telecom, where he gives classes at the La Paz National Musical Conservatory. He has made recordings for various recording labels including Fabbri Editori and Arcadete Gallo Philharmonia. He is also involved in charitable musical initiatives of humanitarian nature collaborating with the UN, UNICEF, ACNUR, Amnesty International and Projeto Niños de Rua. In addition to this, he has been European Artistic Consultant for the National Symphony Orchestra Foundation of La Paz in Bolivia.
With the company Pippo Delbono (Prize Donatello 2004) he has also performed in numerous festivals around the world: Avignone Official Festival, BerlinFestspiele, Holland Festival, Theatre Rond Point-Paris, International Festival of di Castilla y Leon-Spain
He has played in a trio with violinist Felix Ayo and pianist Andrea Dindo (Philarmonia, Brahms opus 87 trio) and in duo with pianist Grazia Amoruso (Philarmonia, Schumann, Faurè and Debussy music).
Role: Classical Artist