Giovanni Ricciardi (born 1968 in Genoa) is an Italian cellist.
Ricciardi played at the age of six and graduated from the Niccolò Paganini Conservatory in his hometown. The solo career led him to play with prestigious symphonic orchestras in many theaters around the world, in Ricciardi has appeared with many of the major orchestras of South America, Europe and Asia, and worked with the most distinguished conductors.
Assistant to Michael Flaksman as a young boy with whom he studied and disseminated Antonio Janigro 's technique.
He has won numerous competitions including the international competition for the city of Stresa, the international competition for the Premio Rovere d'Oro, the national competition for stringed instruments in the city of Genoa.
He has recorded several CD s on a very wide repertoire ranging from Bach to Vivaldi, Pergolesi, Debussy, Fauré, Schumann, Brahms.
In 2015 he was a supporter and musical director of the first reunion of over 120 cellists in Genoa, a historic event for the city.
Olaf John Laneri
Olaf John Laneri was born in Sicily from Italian father and Swedish mother; he takes his diploma with honours at the Conservatory of Verona, and continues afterwards his artistic education in Italy at the Piano-Academy of Imola, where he graduates as a Master in September 1998.
After several first prizes in national competitions, he results prize-winner at the international competitions of Monza , and in Japan of Tokyo and Hamamatsu. In the summer of 1998 he wins the 50th edition of the competition "F.Busoni" of Bolzano (2nd prize "with particular distinction"; 1st prize has not been awarded), where already the previous year he distinguished among the finalists; and in 2001 wins the 2nd prize at theWorld Music Piano Master of Monte-Carlo.
About his performance of Brahms’ Variations on a Theme of Paganini, included, only one recording of an Italian, in a CD published for the Fiftieth Anniversary of the competition, A.Cohen writes on International Piano: “Certainly the best live performance I ever heard”.