||Riccardo Donati was born in Fucecchio (FI) on September 24, 1972.
At the age of 14, he began studying double bass at the Music Conservatory “L. Cherubini” of Florence, where he graduated with highest honors from the class of Alfredo Brandi.
Shortly thereafter, he studied with Salvatore Villani and Franco Petracchi. In 1995 under the guidance of Amleto Manetti, he graduated in piano, again with highest honors.
Donati has performed as soloist with several orchestras including:
the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of “Santa Cecilia” of Rome, the Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, the “Solisti Fiorentini”, the Orchester Westdeutsche Symphoniker, the “Guido Cantelli” Orchestra of Milan.
In 2001, he was the first double bass player in the history of Florence’s Teatro Comunale to perform, in the presence of many important national and international political figures, the Concerto No. 2 in B minor by Giovanni Bottesini with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestraat the Region of Tuscany Celebration. The concert was broadcast by Radio Rai 3.
He won numerous “first prize” in various national and international competitions including:
Imperia International Instrumental Competition Execution “Rovere d’Oro”,
“City of Genoa” National Competition for String Instruments.
He won the 1st prize at the 28th edition of the International Prize “Valentino Bucchi” in Rome, in 2005, gaining a further recognition as the “Silver Medal” of the Quirinal.
He won second place at Venice’s “Vittorio Pitzianti” National Competition for Double Bass in 1997, and at the prestigious International Competition “Giovanni Bottesini” in Crema (Italy) in 1999. He has won international auditions for Principal Bass with:
the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo (Monaco, France),
the “G. Verdi” Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale in Trieste ( Italy),
the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra in Florence and the Teatro alla Scala Orchestrain Milan.
In addition to working with the best Italian symphonic and chamber orchestras, he keeps an intense teaching schedule of courses and master classes throughout Italy and abroad.
He was music professor at the Conservatory “N. Paganini” of Genoa, in 1999, at the Conservatory “G. Rossini” of Pesaro, in 2003, and at the State Conservatory of Music “L. Campiani” of Mantova between 2004 and 2008.
As of 2009, he teaches at the Conservatory “G. Puccini” of La Spezia.
Since 1995, as “Principal Bass” of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, Donati has played with many of the world’s greatest conductors, such as: Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Georges Pretre, Claudio Abbado, Seiji Ozawa, Loren Maazel, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Semyon Bychkov and Giuseppe Sinopoli, and has taken part in numerous tours of France, Spain, Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Denmark, Greece, Russia, China, Taiwan, Japan, Romania, India, Hungary, and Singapore with its principal conductor, Zubin Mehta.
In 2001, he recorded a CD of musical miniatures called Miniature for double bass and piano, in 2004 a CD called La Contrabbassata with “The Bass Gang” Quartet and Franco Petracchi, in 2006, he recorded Klezmerata Fiorentina’s first live CD called “Fifteen Variations on the Theme of Life” and in 2010 a live CD of tango music with the “Reffrain Quartet”.
Since 2005, Donati has been the bass player of the “Klezmerata Fiorentina” quartet with whom he has performed extensively in such prestigious venues as: the St. Petersburg (Russia) Philharmonic Hall, the Rachmaninoff Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Società di Quartetto of Milan, Amici della Musica of Florence, Skirball Center of Los Angeles, Martha Argerich Project of Lugano, the Verbier Festival as well as numerous other festivals around the world.