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, Detlev Glanert and attended composition workshops held by Mauro Lanza, Luca Francesconi, Francesco Filidei and Kalevi Aho.
In 2022 he was selected to take part in the masterclass taught by Unsuk Chin, Gregory Vajda, Peter Eötvös and featuring Danubia Orchestra Óbuda at the Peter Eötvös Foundation in Budapest.
He has received several commissions from institutions and festivals such as the Biennale d'arte di Venezia, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, 2 Agosto Composition Competition, Cantiere Internazionale d'arte di Montepulciano, EstOvest Festival, Fondazione Teatro Grande di Brescia, Ensemble Forma Libera (GMI), Contemporary Cello Week, La Filharmonie - Orchestra Filarmonica di Firenze, Torinodanza Festival in collaboration with Teatro Stabile di Torino - Teatro Nazionale, Teatro Elfo Puccini, MilanOltre and the Hangzhou Contemporary Music Festival at Zhejiang Conservatory of Music.
He was also awarded in numerous international competitions such as the Vocal Espoo Composition Competition 2016 (Espoo Cultural Center), the 2 Agosto International Composition Competition 2017, the Alba Rosa Vietor International Composition Competition 2018 (Het Concertgebouw), the Uuno Klami Composition Competition 2019, 1st Hangzhou Contemporary Music Festival 2020 "Art Creation Awards", the 1st Ferruccio Busoni International Composition Competition 2021, the 69th Washington International Composition Competition 2022 (Kennedy Center) and the 1st Vladimir Mendelssohn International Composition Competition 2022 (Ascoli Piceno Festival).
His music has been awarded by Salvatore Sciarrino, Francesco Filidei, Narong Prangcharoen, Ye Xiaogang, Fabio Vacchi, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Giovanni Sollima, 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 Lyran, Amatis Piano Trio (Amsterdam), Divertimento Ensemble (Milan), ERATO Ensemble (Vancouver), Elaia Quartet (Berlin), 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 Seppinen, Camilla Battaglia, Michele Marco Rossi, Francesco Dillon (Quartetto Prometeo), Francesco Vernero (Quartetto Maurice), Katharine Dain, Genevieve Létang (Ensemble Linea), Claudio Pasceri, Alexander Baillie, Maria Grazia Bellocchio and Mirco Ghirardini (Sentieri Selvaggi).
His music has been broadcasted on Rai radio 3, Rai 5, NPO radio 4 (Netherlands), Yleisradio Oy (Finland).