Riccardo Perugini was born in Montepulciano on 20 June 1996.

He has been interested in piano and composition since the age of four. He studied composition with Andrea Portera, Mauro Montalbetti and Detlev Glanert and attended composition workshops held by Mauro Lanza, Francesco Filidei, Oscar Bianchi and Kalevi Aho.

He has received several commissions among which the Biennale d'arte di VeneziaMaggio Musicale Fiorentino2 Agosto Composition CompetitionCantiere Internazionale d'arte di MontepulcianoEchi Festival, ESTOVEST Festival in Turin, Fondazione Teatro Grande di Brescia on occasion of the 9th Festa dell'operaSincronie FestivalTorinodanza Festival in collaboration with Teatro Stabile di Torino - Teatro Nazionale, Teatro Elfo PucciniNexus Festival, MilanOltre, New Ensemble Xenia Turin and the Hangzhou Contemporary Music Festival at Zhejiang Conservatory of Music (...)


He was also awarded in several international competitions:

  • 2nd prize during the International Vocal Espoo Composition Competition 2016 in Helsinki with his composition "Preghiera" for female choir, two solo soprani and string quintet.

  • Honorable mention during the 2 Agosto International Composition Competition 2017 in Bologna.

  • Finalist of the Alba Rosa Vietor International Composition Competition 2018 with his composition "Fiore di plastica" for soprano and piano trio.

  • Honorable mention during the Uuno Klami Composition Competition 2019.

  • Excellence Award during the 1st Hangzhou Contemporary Music Festival 2020 "Art Creation Awards" International Orchestral Composition Competition.

  • 1st prize and audience prize during the 1st International Ferruccio Busoni Composition Competition 2021 with his composition "Ciò che rimane" for soprano, string orchestra and electronics.

His music has been awarded by Salvatore Sciarrino, Francesco FilideiNarong PrangcharoenYe Xiaogang, Fabio Vacchi, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Kalevi Aho, Magnus Lindberg, Thierry Escaich, Calliope Tsoupaki, Willem Jeths, Tansy Davies, Faye-Ellen Sylverman (...)

In 2018 he founded the Ensemble Stamina and is artistic director of the Echi Festival since 2020. 

His works have been performed in Italy and abroad by orchestras and ensembles such as the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, Orchestra della Toscana, Solisti del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Tapiola Sinfonietta (Helsinki), Female Voice Choir LyranAmatis Piano Trio (Concertgebouw, Amsterdam), Divertimento Ensemble, ERATO Ensemble (Vancouver), Shanghai New Music Ensemble (Hangzhou), K!ART Ensemble (Copenhagen), Trio Hegel, Ensemble degli Intrigati and by conductors and soloists such as Alessandro Cadario, Valerio Galli, Jutta SeppinenCamilla Battaglia, Michele Marco Rossi, Giovanni Martinelli, Francesco Vernero (Maurice quartet), Katharine Dain, Genevieve Létang (harpist of Ensemble Linea), Claudio Pasceri, Maria Grazia Bellocchio, Sequoia and Mirco Ghirardini (clarintist of Ensemble Sentieri Selvaggi). His music has been broadcasted on Rai radio 3, Rai 5, NPO radio 4 (Netherlands), Yleisradio Oy (Finland).