Uto Ughi

Diodato "Uto" Ughi, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI (Italian: [ˈuːto ˈuːɡi]; born 21 January 1944 in Busto Arsizio, Italy), is an Italian violinist and conductor. He was the music director of the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia between 1987–1992. 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]

Uto Ughi

Uto Ughi in 1970
Background information
Birth nameBruto Diodato Emilio Ughi
Born (1944-01-21) January 21, 1944
Busto Arsizio, Italy
Years active1951–present
LabelsRCA Records
Associated actsOrchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

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

Year Album details Notes
1986 Paganini - Violin Concerto no. 1 – Sarasate - Carmen Fantasy
  • Released: 1986
  • Label: RCA Red Seal Digital
  • Format: CD, LP
  • Performed with Orchestra da Camera di Santa Cecilia
1988 Paganini - Violin Concertos - No. 2 "La Campanella" and no. 4
  • Performed with Chamber Orchestra of Santa Cecilia
1991 Dvorák - Violin Concerto - Romance - Romantic Pieces
2013 Violino Romantico
  • Performed with I Filarmonici di Roma

Other albums

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

  • Released: 1994
  • Label: Ermitage
  • Format: CD
  • 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


  • Quel diavolo di un trillo. Note della mia vita (That devil trill. Notes from my life) (2013)


  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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