Ruggiero Ricci has died, age 94.
San Francisco born, he gave his first public performance in 1928 and made his Carnegie Hall debut before he began to shave. Blessed with flying fingers, he was often referred to as the Paganini of the 20th century.
A man of immense natural warmth, he carried on playing and teaching until he could barely hold a bow. I last saw him at Dartington about eight years ago, giving informal tuition to anyone who cared to drop by.
Among the Golden Agers, he was perhaps the most democratic. Well played, Ruggiero, you won’t be forgotten.