Uto Ughi

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Uto Ughi
Uto Ughi in 1970
Uto Ughi in 1970
Background information
Birth nameBruto Diodato Emilio Ughi
Born (1944-01-21) January 21, 1944 (age 78)
Busto Arsizio, Italy
Years active1951–present
LabelsRCA Records

Bruto Diodato "Uto" Ughi Knight Grand Cross OMRI (Italian: [ˈuːto ˈuːɡi]; born 21 January 1944) is an Italian violinist and conductor. He was the music director of the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia between 1987 and 1992. He is considered one of Italy's greatest living violinists and is also active in the promotion of classical music in today's culture.[1]


When he was young he started to play the violin, at only «5 or 6 years» he said, and he made his debut at 7 years old, at the Teatro Lirico di Milano. At 12 years he was considered a mature artist.[2][3]

He involves himself in many activities to promote music culture. He is the founder of several music festivals, namely "Omaggio a Venezia", "Omaggio a Roma" (1999–2002) and "Uto Ughi per Roma." In tandem with Bruno Tosi, Uto Ughi instituted the musical prize "Una vita per la Musica" ("A life for Music").

On September 4, 1997, he was commissioned Cavaliere della Gran Croce by the Italian President and in 2002 he received a degree honoris causa in Communication studies. He has won various awards, the most prestigious "Una vita per la musica - Leonard Bernstein" (23/6/1997), "Galileo 2000" prize (5/7/2003) and the international prize "Ostia Mare" (8/8/2003).

Ughi has possessed the following fine instruments: the Van Houten-Kreutzer (1701) and Sinsheimer-General Kyd-Perlman (1714) by Antonio Stradivari; and the Kortschak-Wurlitzer (1739), Ole Bull (1744) and Cariplo-Hennel-Rosé (1744) by Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù.

He received the America Award of the Italy-USA Foundation in 2015.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Notes
1978 Beethoven Complete Violin Sonatas
1986 Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1 - Sarasate - Carmen Fantasy]]
1988 Paganini Violin Concertos No. 2 "La Campanella" and No. 4
1991 Dvořák - Violin Concerto - Romance - Romantic Pieces
2013 Violino Romantico

Other albums[edit]

Year Album details Notes
1994 Beethoven - Tchaikovsky violin concertos

including :

Violin Concerto (Beethoven) in D Maj, op.61

Violin Concerto (Tchaikovsky) in D Maj, op.35

  • Performed with Roman Swiss Radiotelevision Orchestra (RTSI) and conducted by Marc Andreae
  • TV broadcasts respectively from 1970 and 1981, released in CD after digital remastering



  1. ^ "New York Magazine". Books.google.co.uk. 1985-10-21. p. 50. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  2. ^ "The famous Italian violinist Uto Ughi in concert at the Romanian Athenaeum | The Art of Living". Theartofliving.info. 1975-10-01. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  3. ^ Akshita Nanda (2015-03-03). "Italian violinist Uto Ughi practises every day for last 67 years, Entertainment News & Top Stories". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2016-04-05.

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