Natalino Ricciardo


Lucerna Festival String



Born in 1965 in Genoa (Italy), Natalino Ricciardo studied and graduated from the Conservatoire of his hometown (Conservatorio Niccolò Paganini) with full marks under the guidance of M. Antonino Virtuoso. He then studied further at Fiesole Music School in Tuscany, where he also won the audition for the Italian Youth Orchestra as First Horn.
In his career, he won numerous competitions and auditions. In 1984, at the age of 19, he won the position of Principal Horn at Teatro San Carlo of Naples, where he played for two years. In the same year, he also won the position of Second and Fourth Horn at the RAI National Symphony Orchestra (Italian Radio) and in 1987 the position of Fist Horn.
In 1988 he became Principal Horn of Teatro Carlo Felice of Genoa, until 1997. From 1998 until 2020 he was Principal Horn of the Royal Theatre of Turin (Teatro Regio).
He regularly collaborates as First Horn with La Scala theatre (Teatro alla Scala) of Milan, and with Philharmonic Orchestra of La Scala, taking part to various international tours (China, Japan, Korea, North and South America, Europe, Egypt, United Arab Emirates)
As First Horn, he also played with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Lucerna String Festival, Orchestra di Santa Cecilia of Rome, Orchestra Mozart of Bologna, OSI Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice of Venice, l’Orchestra Filarmonica “Arturo Toscanini” of Parma, Orchestra Giovanile Italiana, RAI of Naples and others.
He regularly plays natural horn. Among the others, he usually collaborates with Orchestra Le Cercle de l’Harmonie of M° Jérémie Rhorer. He collaborated with the most important conductor such as: Abbado, Maazel, Muti, Prêtre, Gergiev, Metha, Chung, Gatti, Luisi, Noseda, Bychkov, Chailly, Levine, Inbal, Oren, Sinopoli. He played chamber music in prestigious musical institution and formation such as Stresa Festival, Società del Quartetto, Società dei Concerti of Milan. He is also a member of Corni del Teatro Alla Scala (La Scala’s Horns) group, with whom he performed in many concerts nationally and internationally.
Regarding his recent projects, he is collaborating in the LaFil Orchestra project based in Milan under the guidance of M° Daniele Gatti. He also inaugurated the performance of the complete symphonies of Brahms by performing the Trio op. 40 for Horn, violin and piano with the violinist Franz Peter Zimmermann.
In 2019, he was invited by Daniele Gatti to work as tutor for the brass section of his conducting course in the Accademia Chigiana of Siena.
In the same year he became the tutor of the brass section of PCYO (Pan Caucasic Youth Orchestra) after being invited by m° Gianandrea Noseda. Alongside his performing career, he has always been teaching in Italy and abroad.
In 1992 he started to teach at the National Conservatoire of Cuneo. In 2000 he got the first place in the teachers’ national competition, and after that he became Horn Teacher in the Conservatoire of Turin, where he still teaches.
Starting from 2019, he is also Pedagogy Professor in the Master in Music Pedagogy at Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana (CSI).