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Dr. Ricci runs a private studio in Crows Nest, conjointly with his wife, Natalia Ricci, a permanent staff member of the Sydney Conservatorium, with whom he has given many master classes in Europe and Australia. He has many years experience as an AMEB Diploma examiner, and an adjudicator at competitions and eisteddfods. Gian-Franco’s latest project is the development, in collaboration with Avondale College, of the first fully online music pedagogy course in Australia.
Gian-Franco's broad range of abilities, from solo performance to designing eLearning music software, allows him to incorporate technical and interpretive skills, biomechanics, technology, and principles of sports psychology into his teaching.
Gian-Franco Ricci was a Lecturer in Piano at the University of Newcastle from 1996 to 2016, and during that time was invited by the University of Auckland (NZ) to teach as Senior Lecturer in their piano department. Dr. Ricci has over two decades of experience teaching piano at tertiary level. During that period, Gian-Franco also coordinated the piano strand, taught piano techniques and music pedagogy classes, as well as coached music ensembles.
Born into a musical family of renowned musicians, Gian-Franco studied in the USA with many well-known pianists including, Béla Síki, Leon Fleischer, Abbey Simon and Theodore Lettvin. Dr. Ricci earned his BMus and MMus in the US and a Ph.D. from the University of Newcastle (Australia).
Dr. Ricci has performed extensively in the United States, Europe, and Australia. His live broadcasts include performances for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in the USA as well as the ABC in Australia. His recordings include the world premiere of Yusef Lateef’s Piano Sonata on Atlantic Records, and the complete Schubert Sonatinas with his late father, violinist Ruggiero Ricci, on the Ricci Collection label.