Riccardo Perugini was born in Montepulciano on June 20, 1996. Since the age of five he has been interested in piano and composition. After completing his piano studies with Maestro Rita Cucè, he made his debut at the age of sixteen as a solo pianist with the Orchestra Giovanile Aretina, with the piano concertos KV 414 and KV 466 by W.A. Mozart.
Since 2015, Riccardo has been studying composition with Maestro Andrea Portera at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, also studies with Maestro Girolamo Deraco in Lucca and has been chosen to follow the Composition Masterclass in Montepulciano with Maestro Mauro Montalbetti.
He has received several commissions. On the occasion of the concert in Arezzo organized by UNESCO in 2015, he composed: “Lamplight Serenata” for soprano, women’s choir, two harmonicas, viola and MIDI keyboard). He received a commission from the Venice Art Biennale (2016: “Il Vascello Fantsma”, music for children), a commission from the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (orchestral musical adaptation of the opera “Le vent du soir” by Jacques Offenbach) and two in commissioned by the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina (“Voluptas” and “Sifr” for string orchestra). He is currently working on two commissions: the first from the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte in Montepulciano (for voice, prepared piano and vibraphone) and the second commissioned by the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini (for voice and orchestra).
He came second at the International Vocal Espoo Composition Competition 2016 in Helsinki with his composition “Preghiera” for women’s choir, two solo sopranos and string quintet and received the Special Mention at the international composition competition 2 Agosto 2017 in Bologna with his composition “The Aberrant Blooms of Mind”, concertino for alto saxophone and orchestra.