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

Code Description Percentage
130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy 50
190407 Music Performance 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Creative Arts
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Creative Work (32 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Walker 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-authors Ian Cook, Christopher Allan, Anthea Scott-Mitchell
2009 Ricci G, SCHUBERT, F.: Violin Sonatas (Sonatinas) - Opp. 137, Nos. 1-3 (Ricci Salzburg Series) (Ricci), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009 Ricci 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]
2009 Ricci G, KREISLER, F.: Violin Music (New Millenium Edition) (Ricci, Shiozaki), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009 Ricci G, MOZART, W.A.: Violin Sonata No. 18 / BEETHOVEN, L. van: Violin Sonata No. 4 (Ricci Early Years, Vol. 4), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009 Ricci G, BRAHMS, J.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (Ricci Salzburg Series) (Ricci, Hofer), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009 Ricci 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]
2009 Ricci G, SCHUBERT, F.: Violin Sonatas (Sonatinas) - Opp. 137, Nos. 1-3 (Ricci Salzburg Series) (Ricci), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009 Ricci G, BRAHMS, J.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (Ricci Salzburg Series) (Ricci, Hofer), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009 Ricci G, Violin Recital: Ricci, Ruggiero - FLURY, U.J. / BACH, J.S. / YSAYE, E. / WIENIAWSKI, H. / SARASATE, P., Australia (2009) [J1]
2009 Ricci G, TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Violin Short Pieces (Complete) (Ricci Salzburg Series), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009 Ricci 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]
2009 Ricci G, TARTINI, G.: 50 Variations on a Theme by Corelli / PAGANINI, N.: 60 Variations on Barucaba (Solo Violin Variations) (Ricci), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009 Ricci G, Violin Recital: Ricci, Ruggiero - BACH, J.S. / BARTOK, B. / HINDEMITH, P. / PROKOFIEV, S. / PAGANINI, N. (Ricci - A Six Decade Retrospective), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009 Ricci 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]
2009 Ricci G, BEETHOVEN, L. van: Violin Sonatas Nos. 5, "Spring" and 9, "Kreutzer" / DEBUSSY, C.: Violin Sonata (Ricci, Bagnoli), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009 Ricci G, Violin Recital: Ricci, Ruggiero - LISZT, F. / WIENIAWSKI, H. / BRAHMS, J. / LOCATELLI, P.A. / PAGANINI, N. / KREISLER, F. (Virtuoso Recital), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009 Ricci G, KREISLER, F.: Violin Music (New Millenium Edition) (Ricci, Shiozaki), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009 Ricci G, MOZART, W.A.: Violin Sonata No. 18 / BEETHOVEN, L. van: Violin Sonata No. 4 (Ricci Early Years, Vol. 4), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009 Ricci G, PAGANINI, N.: Violin and Guitar Music (Ricci, Cardi), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009 Ricci G, CHOPIN, F.: Nocturnes (arr. for violin and piano) (Ricci, Wilhelmsen), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009 Ricci G, CHOPIN, F.: Nocturnes (arr. for violin and piano) (Ricci, Wilhelmsen), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009 Ricci G, BRAHMS, J.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (Ricci Salzburg Series) (Ricci, Hofer), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009 Ricci G, Violin Recital: Ricci, Ruggiero - SHOSTAKOVICH, D. / SCHUBERT, F. / SPOHR, L. (Ricci Live Recordings, Vol. 6 - Ricci in Concert with Colleagues), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009 Ricci G, BEETHOVEN, L. van: Violin Sonatas Nos. 5, "Spring" and 9, "Kreutzer" / DEBUSSY, C.: Violin Sonata (Ricci, Bagnoli), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009 Ricci G, Violin Recital: Ricci, Ruggiero - SARASATE, P. de / DOHNANYI, E. / RACHMANINOV, S. / KREISLER, F. / RAVEL, M. / ERNST, H.W. (Gypsy Melodies), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009 Ricci G, Violin Recital: Ricci, Ruggiero - BACH, J.S. / PAGANINI, N. (Ricci Live Recordings, Vol. 4 - Diamond Jubilee, Hong Kong, 1988), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009 Ricci G, Violin Recital: Ricci, Ruggiero - BEETHOVEN, L. van / BARTOK, B. / PAGANINI, N. (Ricci Live Recordings, Vol. 5), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009 Ricci G, Violin Recital: Ricci, Ruggiero - BACH, J.S. / HINDEMITH, P. / PAGANINI, N. (Ricci Early Years, Vol. 2), Australia (2009) [J1]
2009 Ricci 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]
2009 Ricci 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]
2009 Ricci 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Ricci 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2006 Ricci 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

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current2

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters0.6
PhD0.5

Current Supervision

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

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2009 Masters Pedalling Piano Music: The Performers Educated Ear is the Ultimate Guide
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
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

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

Office

Room CON104
Building The Conservatorium of Music
Location The Conservatorium
Cnr Laman and Auckland Street
Newcastle, NSW 2300
Australia
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