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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.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Music), University of Newcastle, 18/10/2006
  • Master of Music, University of Massachusetts, 26/05/1990

Research

Research keywords

  • Instrumental Pedagogy
  • Spanish Art Music

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.

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Fields of Research

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

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Instrumental Pedagogy
  • Music Theory
  • Piano
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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Ricci G, SCHUBERT, F.: Violin Sonatas (Sonatinas) - Opp. 137, Nos. 1-3 (Ricci Salzburg Series) (Ricci) (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, SCHUBERT, F.: Violin Sonatas (Sonatinas) - Opp. 137, Nos. 1-3 (Ricci Salzburg Series) (Ricci) (2009) [J1]
2006Ricci G, The Design and Development of ¿Materials of Music¿: Four Computer-Based Lessons for First Year University Level Students, University of Newcastle (2006)
2014Ricci G, Ricci N, ''The Nexus of Spanish Dance and the Piano Music of Spanish Nationalist Composers: "Albéniz: Burlando a la Bulería"', Spanish Music and their Western Others, Melbourne, Australia (2014)

Publications

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Conference (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"', Spanish Music and their Western Others, Melbourne, Australia (2014)

Creative Work (43 outputs)

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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)
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, MOZART, W.A.: Violin Sonata No. 18 / BEETHOVEN, L. van: Violin Sonata No. 4 (Ricci Early Years, Vol. 4) (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, MOZART, W.A.: Violin Sonata No. 18 / BEETHOVEN, L. van: Violin Sonata No. 4 (Ricci Early Years, Vol. 4) (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) (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, Violin Recital: Ricci, Ruggiero - BACH, J.S. / BARTOK, B. / HINDEMITH, P. / PROKOFIEV, S. / PAGANINI, N. (Ricci - A Six Decade Retrospective) (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, TARTINI, G.: 50 Variations on a Theme by Corelli / PAGANINI, N.: 60 Variations on Barucaba (Solo Violin Variations) (Ricci) (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, SCHUBERT, F.: Violin Sonatas (Sonatinas) - Opp. 137, Nos. 1-3 (Ricci Salzburg Series) (Ricci) (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, PAGANINI, N.: Violin and Guitar Music (Ricci, Cardi) (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, KREISLER, F.: Violin Music (New Millenium Edition) (Ricci, Shiozaki) (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, Violin Recital: Ricci, Ruggiero - BEETHOVEN, L. van / BARTOK, B. / PAGANINI, N. (Ricci Live Recordings, Vol. 5) (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) (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, SCHUBERT, F.: Violin Sonatas (Sonatinas) - Opp. 137, Nos. 1-3 (Ricci Salzburg Series) (Ricci) (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, BRAHMS, J.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (Ricci Salzburg Series) (Ricci, Hofer) (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, MOZART, W.A.: Violin Sonata No. 18 / BEETHOVEN, L. van: Violin Sonata No. 4 (Ricci Early Years, Vol. 4) (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, BRAHMS, J.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (Ricci Salzburg Series) (Ricci, Hofer) (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, 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, 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 - FLURY, U.J. / BACH, J.S. / YSAYE, E. / WIENIAWSKI, H. / SARASATE, P. (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, BRAHMS, J.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (Ricci Salzburg Series) (Ricci, Hofer) (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, BEETHOVEN, L. van: Violin Sonatas Nos. 5, "Spring" and 9, "Kreutzer" / DEBUSSY, C.: Violin Sonata (Ricci, Bagnoli) (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) (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, Violin Recital: Ricci, Ruggiero - BACH, J.S. / PAGANINI, N. (Ricci Live Recordings, Vol. 4 - Diamond Jubilee, Hong Kong, 1988) (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, SCHUBERT, F.: Violin Sonatas (Sonatinas) - Opp. 137, Nos. 1-3 (Ricci Salzburg Series) (Ricci) (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, Violin Recital: Ricci, Ruggiero - BACH, J.S. / HINDEMITH, P. / PAGANINI, N. (Ricci Early Years, Vol. 2) (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, BRAHMS, J.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (Ricci Salzburg Series) (Ricci, Hofer) (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) (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) (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, MOZART, W.A.: Violin Sonata No. 18 / BEETHOVEN, L. van: Violin Sonata No. 4 (Ricci Early Years, Vol. 4) (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, KREISLER, F.: Violin Music (New Millenium Edition) (Ricci, Shiozaki) (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, KREISLER, F.: Violin Music (New Millenium Edition) (Ricci, Shiozaki) (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) (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, Violin Recital: Ricci, Ruggiero - SARASATE, P. de / DOHNANYI, E. / RACHMANINOV, S. / KREISLER, F. / RAVEL, M. / ERNST, H.W. (Gypsy Melodies) (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, Violin Recital: Ricci, Ruggiero - LISZT, F. / WIENIAWSKI, H. / BRAHMS, J. / LOCATELLI, P.A. / PAGANINI, N. / KREISLER, F. (Virtuoso Recital) (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, BRAHMS, J.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (Ricci Salzburg Series) (Ricci, Hofer) (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, KREISLER, F.: Violin Music (New Millenium Edition) (Ricci, Shiozaki) (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, BEETHOVEN, L. van: Violin Sonatas Nos. 5, "Spring" and 9, "Kreutzer" / DEBUSSY, C.: Violin Sonata (Ricci, Bagnoli) (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, Violin Recital: Ricci, Ruggiero - SHOSTAKOVICH, D. / SCHUBERT, F. / SPOHR, L. (Ricci Live Recordings, Vol. 6 - Ricci in Concert with Colleagues) (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) (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Violin Short Pieces (Complete) (Ricci Salzburg Series) (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, SCHUBERT, F.: Violin Sonatas (Sonatinas) - Opp. 137, Nos. 1-3 (Ricci Salzburg Series) (Ricci) (2009) [J1]
2009Ricci G, CHOPIN, F.: Nocturnes (arr. for violin and piano) (Ricci, Wilhelmsen) (2009) [J1]
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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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Grants and Funding

No funding.

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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.5

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20092013PhD (Music)Principal SupervisorSynchronous and Asynchronous Online Learning: Developing New Music Teaching Strategies for Beginner to Advanced Pianists

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2009M Creative Arts (Music) [R]Sole SupervisorPedalling Piano Music: The Performers Educated Ear is the Ultimate Guide
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Dr Gian-Franco Ricci

Work Phone(02) 4921 8916
Email
PositionLecturer
School of Creative Arts
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaMusic
Office
CON104,
The Conservatorium of Music,
The Conservatorium
Cnr Laman and Auckland Street
Newcastle NSW 2300
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/gianfranco-ricci