Dr Gian-Franco Ricci

Lecturer

School of Creative Arts (Music)

Career Summary

Biography

Dr. Gian-Franco Ricci  has 27 years experience teaching piano in various countries, with 23 of those years in university settings in the United States and in Australia. He has taught at the University of Newcastle since 1996 and became a permanent, full time Piano Lecturer there in 2002. In 2009 he joined the prestigious Piano faculty of the University of Auckland School of Music where he was invited to teach as Senior Lecturer in Piano for that year. In addition , Dr Ricci has extensive experience running a private teaching studio.

Gian-Franco has an unusually wide range of skills which he brings to his teaching craft including: a systemized and unique approach to teaching piano technique, experience in instructional design as applied to music, and experience in incorporating Music Technology and computer-based learning into to his instrumental teaching. His teaching also draws on his broad musical formation which encompasses various exceptional pianistic and string traditions. Born in South America to a musical family, Gian-Franco studied in the United States with many noted pianists including, Béla Síki and Theodore Lettvin, he has also participated in Leon Fleischer and Abbey Simon Master Classes. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan, a Masters degree in Piano Performance from the University of Massachusetts and a PhD in Music from the University of Newcastle (Australia).

Mr. Ricci has appeared as recitalist and in ensemble in the United States, Europe and Australia. He has broadcast live for PBS public radio in the United States as well as the ABC in Australia. He has performed and recorded with his father, the renowned violinist Ruggiero Ricci in the US and Europe. His recordings include the world premiere of Yusef Lateef’s Piano Sonata on Atlantic Records, and the complete Schubert Sonatinas with Ruggiero Ricci (Violin) on the Ricci Collection label. Mr Ricci was appointed as an examiner for the AMEB in 1997 and is currently a diploma examiner and a teaching syllabus examiner. He is recognized for his expertise in professional development for piano teachers and in teaching pedagogy. He has given many workshops for piano teachers here and in Europe on a broad range of topics from building technique, to tone production and functional piano skills.

Gian-Franco’s students have achieved success at competitions and examinations in Australia and overseas and have gone on to win places at prestigious international schools such as Eastman and the Menuhin School in the UK.

Research Expertise
A graduate of the Universities of Michigan and Massachusetts, Gian-Franco has broadcast on the American PBS network and on the ABC. He has recorded music of Yusef Lateef for Atlantic CD and in Salzburg recently recorded a Schubert disc with violinist Ruggiero Ricci.


Qualifications

  • PhD (Music), University of Newcastle
  • Master of Music, University of Massachusetts

Keywords

  • Instrumental Pedagogy
  • Music Theory
  • Piano
  • Spanish Art Music

Languages

  • Spanish (Fluent)

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
130201Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy50
190407Music Performance50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Creative Arts
Australia
1/01/2003 - 31/12/2003Associate LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Drama Fine Art and Music
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Creative Work (32 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Walker SKA, Scott-Mitchell, Cook I, Ricci G, Allan C, A recital of the music and reading of letters of Ludwig van Beethoven, celebrating the installation of Beethoven¿s Death Mask, generously donated to the Conservatorium by Sir William Bowmore MBE AO, Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, Newcastle, NSW (2011)
Co-authorsSally Walker, Ian Cook, Christopher Allan, Anthea Scott-Mitchell
2009Ricci G, SCHUBERT, F.: Violin Sonatas (Sonatinas) - Opp. 137, Nos. 1-3 (Ricci Salzburg Series) (Ricci), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, CORELLI, A.: Violin Sonatas, Op. 5, Nos. 8-12 / BACH, J.S.: Violin Partita No. 2, BWV 1004 (Ricci, Nesbitt, Keyes), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, KREISLER, F.: Violin Music (New Millenium Edition) (Ricci, Shiozaki), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, MOZART, W.A.: Violin Sonata No. 18 / BEETHOVEN, L. van: Violin Sonata No. 4 (Ricci Early Years, Vol. 4), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, BRAHMS, J.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (Ricci Salzburg Series) (Ricci, Hofer), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, BACH, J.S.: Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042 / SAINT-SAENS, C.: Violin Concerto No. 3 / RAVEL, M.: Tzigane (Ricci Early Years, Vol. 1), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, SCHUBERT, F.: Violin Sonatas (Sonatinas) - Opp. 137, Nos. 1-3 (Ricci Salzburg Series) (Ricci), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, BRAHMS, J.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (Ricci Salzburg Series) (Ricci, Hofer), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, Violin Recital: Ricci, Ruggiero - FLURY, U.J. / BACH, J.S. / YSAYE, E. / WIENIAWSKI, H. / SARASATE, P., Australia (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Violin Short Pieces (Complete) (Ricci Salzburg Series), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, CORELLI, A.: Violin Sonatas, Op. 5, Nos. 8-12 / BACH, J.S.: Violin Partita No. 2, BWV 1004 (Ricci, Nesbitt, Keyes), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, TARTINI, G.: 50 Variations on a Theme by Corelli / PAGANINI, N.: 60 Variations on Barucaba (Solo Violin Variations) (Ricci), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, Violin Recital: Ricci, Ruggiero - BACH, J.S. / BARTOK, B. / HINDEMITH, P. / PROKOFIEV, S. / PAGANINI, N. (Ricci - A Six Decade Retrospective), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, SIBELIUS, J.: Violin and Piano Works (Complete) / Violin Recital: Ricci, Ruggiero - BACH, J.S. / HINDEMITH, P.(Ricci Live Recordings, Vol. 3), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, BEETHOVEN, L. van: Violin Sonatas Nos. 5, "Spring" and 9, "Kreutzer" / DEBUSSY, C.: Violin Sonata (Ricci, Bagnoli), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, Violin Recital: Ricci, Ruggiero - LISZT, F. / WIENIAWSKI, H. / BRAHMS, J. / LOCATELLI, P.A. / PAGANINI, N. / KREISLER, F. (Virtuoso Recital), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, KREISLER, F.: Violin Music (New Millenium Edition) (Ricci, Shiozaki), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, MOZART, W.A.: Violin Sonata No. 18 / BEETHOVEN, L. van: Violin Sonata No. 4 (Ricci Early Years, Vol. 4), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, PAGANINI, N.: Violin and Guitar Music (Ricci, Cardi), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, CHOPIN, F.: Nocturnes (arr. for violin and piano) (Ricci, Wilhelmsen), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, CHOPIN, F.: Nocturnes (arr. for violin and piano) (Ricci, Wilhelmsen), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, BRAHMS, J.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (Ricci Salzburg Series) (Ricci, Hofer), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, Violin Recital: Ricci, Ruggiero - SHOSTAKOVICH, D. / SCHUBERT, F. / SPOHR, L. (Ricci Live Recordings, Vol. 6 - Ricci in Concert with Colleagues), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, BEETHOVEN, L. van: Violin Sonatas Nos. 5, "Spring" and 9, "Kreutzer" / DEBUSSY, C.: Violin Sonata (Ricci, Bagnoli), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, Violin Recital: Ricci, Ruggiero - SARASATE, P. de / DOHNANYI, E. / RACHMANINOV, S. / KREISLER, F. / RAVEL, M. / ERNST, H.W. (Gypsy Melodies), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, Violin Recital: Ricci, Ruggiero - BACH, J.S. / PAGANINI, N. (Ricci Live Recordings, Vol. 4 - Diamond Jubilee, Hong Kong, 1988), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, Violin Recital: Ricci, Ruggiero - BEETHOVEN, L. van / BARTOK, B. / PAGANINI, N. (Ricci Live Recordings, Vol. 5), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, Violin Recital: Ricci, Ruggiero - BACH, J.S. / HINDEMITH, P. / PAGANINI, N. (Ricci Early Years, Vol. 2), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, BACH, J.S.: Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042 / SAINT-SAENS, C.: Violin Concerto No. 3 / RAVEL, M.: Tzigane (Ricci Early Years, Vol. 1), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, Violin Recital: Ricci, Ruggiero - VERACINI, F.M. / MOZART, W.A. / HINDEMITH, P. / KREISLER, F. / BEETHOVEN, L. van (Ricci Early Years, Vol. 3), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, Violin Recital: Ricci, Ruggiero - BEETHOVEN, L. van / FRANCK, C. / ARNOLD, M. / BULL, O.B. / LISZT, F. (Ricci Live Recordings, Vol. 2), Australia (2009) [J1]
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Other (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Ricci G, Ricci N, ''The Nexus of Spanish Dance and the Piano Music of Spanish Nationalist Composers: "Albéniz: Burlando a la Bulería"', ( pp.xx-xx). Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars (2014) [O1]

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2006Ricci G, The Design and Development of ¿Materials of Music¿: Four Computer-Based Lessons for First Year University Level Students, University of Newcastle (2006)
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015An Identification of Historical Influences and Current Trends in Australian Piano Pedagogy
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2009Online Keyboard Harmony - Creating and Assessing an Online Introductory Keyboard Harmony Class for Undergraduate Level Keyboard Music Majors
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2009Pedalling Piano Music: The Performers Educated Ear is the Ultimate Guide
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Sole Supervisor
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Dr Gian-Franco Ricci

Position

Lecturer
School of Creative Arts
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Music

Contact Details

Emailgianfranco.ricci@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 8916

Office

RoomCON104
BuildingThe Conservatorium of Music
LocationThe Conservatorium
Cnr Laman and Auckland Street
Newcastle, NSW 2300
Australia
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