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 MontalbettiDetlev Glanert and attended composition workshops held by Mauro Lanza, Francesco Filidei, Oscar Bianchi and Kalevi Aho.

He has received several commissions from institutions and festivals such as the Biennale d'arte di VeneziaMaggio Musicale Fiorentino2 Agosto Composition CompetitionCantiere Internazionale d'arte di MontepulcianoECHI Festival, EstOvest Festival, Fondazione Teatro Grande di Brescia, Ensemble Forma Libera (GMI), Contemporary Cello WeekLa Filharmonie - Orchestra Filarmonica di FirenzeTorino-danza Festival in collaboration with Teatro Stabile di Torino - Teatro Nazionale, Teatro Elfo PucciniMilanOltre 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, soli 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 (Het Concertgebouw).

  • 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.

  • 2nd prize during the 69th Washington International Composition Competition (Kennedy Center).

  • 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, Alexander Lonquich, Magnus Lindberg, Christopher Theofanidis, Calliope Tsoupaki, Willem Jeths, Tansy Davies, Michaël Levinas and Michael Torke (...)

In 2018 he founded the Ensemble Stamina and is artistic director of the ECHI Festival since 2021. 

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 (Amsterdam), Divertimento Ensemble (Milan), ERATO Ensemble (Vancouver), Shanghai New Music Ensemble (Hangzhou), K!ART Ensemble (Copenhagen), Trio Hegel, Sunrise Quartet (Washington), Ensemble degli Intrigati and by conductors and soloists such as Alessandro Cadario, Valerio Galli, Jutta SeppinenCamilla Battaglia, Michele Marco Rossi, Giovanni Martinelli, Francesco Vernero (Quartetto Maurice), Katharine Dain, Genevieve Létang (Ensemble Linea), Claudio Pasceri, Alexander BaillieMaria Grazia Bellocchio, Sequoia and Mirco Ghirardini (Sentieri Selvaggi). His music has been broadcasted on Rai radio 3, Rai 5, NPO radio 4 (Netherlands), Yleisradio Oy (Finland).