The Central Coast Philharmonia

Richard Biaggini Biography

Richard Biaggini studied at the Simon Bolivar Conservatory of Music in Venezuela and at the Latin American Academy of Violin where he was a student of Jose Francisco del Castillo for eight years. He began his undergraduate studies at Duquesne University in Pittsburg in 1998, where he also was the recipient of the first prize of the Pittsburg Performing Arts Foundation. He later transferred to Indiana University in 1999 to pursue an artist's diploma with violinist Yuval Yaron. Richard came to UCSB in the fall of 2001 to continue his studies under Professor Yaron, and to take part as first violinst in the Young Artist String Quartet, the graduate fellowship quartet in residence at UCSB. Richard has performed Shumann's piano quintet with the faculty at UCSB among other various recitals. Richard was a winner of the UCSB Symphony Concerto Competition, where he performed Mendelsson's "Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64." Richard has also been the recipient of several scholarship programs in the Santa Barbara region. Richard received first prize from The Santa Barbara Performing Arts Foundations annual scholarship competition, and scholarships from the Santa Barbara Music Club. Richard has performed with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra under Maestro Heiichiro Ohyama, as well as performances with the Santa Barbara Symphony. He has been an active performer through out Santa Barbara and is continually asked to perform for various venues. Richard appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras in Venezuela, performed with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra in Detroit, and has participated in the master classes of such renowned musicians as the Guarneri String Quartet, Juilliard String Quartet, Dorothy Delay and Midori, among others.

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