Career and activities
Riccardo made his debut in 2012 as a conductor in St Petersburg (Russia) with the State Hermitage Orchestra and he conducted: the London Classical Soloists, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and Malta Youth Orchestra, the Kammerphilharmonie Graubunden, the FVG Orchestra, the Mihail Jora State Symphony Orchestra the “Virtuosi Brnensi”, the Hans Swarowsky Orchestra, the Nuova Cameristica di Milano Symphonic Orchestra and OSM Symphonic Orchestra. He has collaborated with internationally renowned soloists such as Fabrizio Meloni, Diego Dini Ciacci, Roberto Plano and with Directors such as Fabio Cherstich and Gianluigi Toccafondo.
He has collaborated with the RCO Royal Concertegebow Orchestra and with Maestro Daniele Gatti as Conductor in Residence of the Malta Youth Orchestra on the occasion of the RCO Meets Europe 2018 project.
For his operatic debut, he conducted “Suor Angelica” by Giacomo Puccini, during the “Varese Estense Festival”, on June 26, 2018, directed by Serena Nardi and with Marta Mari and Patrizia Patelmo in the role of "Suor Angelica "and "zia Principessa" respectively. He conducted in 2019 Don Giovanni by Mozart at Teatro di Varese and Teatro Sociale di Stradella, Pavia.
As Chorus Master he conducted the "Ottetto Chigiano", the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and the Malta Philharmonic Chorus. He has collaborated with many relevant choral ensembles including in 2017, the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, on the occasion of the realization of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in Valletta, receiving unanimous approval from critics and the public and the first prize for "the best production 2017 "of the Malta National Arts Award.
As Chorus Master of the Malta Philharmonic Chorus he has curated in particular the realization of "The Planets" by G. Holst and "Chichester Psalms by L. Bernstein directed respectively by Michalis Economou and Wayne Marshall
He has worked as assistant conductor in Oslo Opera Theater, Monte Carlo Opera Theater, Brno Opera Theater, Parma Opera Theater, Pavia Opera Theater, Bruxelles Opera Theater. He is also appreciated as "maestro collaboratore" after having worked at the Teatro Fraschini in Pavia and at the Rossini Opera Festival in Wildbad.
In 2014 he made the critical edition of Tebaldo e Isolina di Francesco Morlacchi for the first modern performance, with maestro Antonino Fogliani as a conductor in Rossini Opera Festival in Wildbad.
Many composers have entrusted to him the first worldwide performance of their orchestral music: in 2016 he was proud to receive the musical direction of the first world premiere of the Andrea Gottardello's "Una notte a Punta di Mezzo" a Symphonic Poem for the 200th anniversary of Varese Città, with the participation of the internationally renowned pianist Roberto Plano. He performed five pieces of contemporary Maltese music during a folk fusion orchestra concert with Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2018 he conducted the first world premiere of Concerto for Oboe and Clarinet by Euchar Gravina with Fabrizio Meloni and Diego Dini Ciacci as soloists. In 2018 he conducted as well "Rockquiem": a cross over rock for orchestra (Malta Philharmonic Orchestra) and band, based on Mozart`s music. He will conduct the first world premiere of "Natività": an Opera in two acts by Pippo Molino.
Riccardo Bianchi, is a young choir and orchestra conductor born in Varese, in the north of Italy, near Milan.
He is currently Artistic Director and Chorus Master of KorMalta - Malta National Choir and Assistant Conductor at Malta Philharmonic Orchestra,. He is as well Musical Director of OSM (Orchestra Sacro Monte di Varese) in Italy.
He was awarded with two Special Commendations at the London 2015 Conducting competition as the best Beethoven`s performer of the competition. He was awarded with Diploma di Merito in Choir conducting and poliphony in 2015 and 2016 from the Accademia Chigiana di Siena with Roberto Gabbiani (Chorus Master of “Teatro alla Scala” in Milan, “Teatro dell’Opera” in Roma, Teatro Regio in Turin, “Maggio musicale fiorentino” in Florence).
He is graduated in orchestra conducting at the Conservatorio “G. Tartini” in Trieste with Antonino Fogliani, as well as graduated with a post-Master's academic degree at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano (Switzerland) to improve his orchestra conducting skills, with specific focus on contemporary music, with Arturo Tamayo. He carried out his choral conducting studies and graduated in 2011 at the Conservatorio “G. Verdi” in Turin under the guidance of Dario Tabbia, director of “Il Coro Giovanile Italiano” (Italian Youth Choir). He has been furthering his musical training at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena where he studied orchestra conducting with Gianluigi Gelmetti and choral conducting with Roberto Gabbiani
During his studies, he participated in the “Conducting Masterclass” with Gianluigi Gelmetti (2012, 2013) Dejan Savic (2012), Sigmund Thorp (2012), Daniel Gazon (2013) , Achim Holub (2015), Donato Renzetti (2015), Michalis Economou (2018)
He is also graduated in philosophy with Honours at the “Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore” in Milan.