Riccardo Crocilla graduated with honors from the Conservatory “Niccolò Paganini” of Genoa, under the guidance of G. Laruccia and then improved with G. Garbarino, T. Friedli. He holds the position of first Clarinet in the Orchestras of Cagliari, Genoa, Trieste and Lausanne.
Since 1996 he has been the first Clarinet of the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino with whom he played and plays under the direction of the most prestigious international sticks, from Zubin Mehta to Seiji Ozawa, Andras Schiff, Daniel Barenboim, Daniel Oren, Daniele Gatti, Claudio Abbado, Giuseppe Sinopoli.
He played with the RAI Orchestra, the Orchestra of Padua and the Veneto, the Filarmonica of the Teatro alla Scala, the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; regularly collaborates with the Cappella Barca, the Israel Philarmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the “La Fenice” Theater of Venice.
It combines the orchestral activity of Solista. Remember the performances of the Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra K 626 by WA Mozart in Florence, in the Palazzo Vecchio, under the direction of Zubin Mehta, in June 2002, and at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, under the direction of Andras Schiff, last May 2015; the Symphony concertante for soloists and orchestra K 297b by W. A. Mozart, at the Musikverein in Vienna, always under the baton of Z. Mehta; Warum? for Flute, Clarinet and Orchestra by Sofia Gubaidulina, premiered, in the presence of the author, at the Emilia Romagna Festival, in July 2014; the Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra by Aaron Copland and the Duetto-Concertino for Clarinet, Bassoon and Orchestra by R. Strauss, for the 2014-15 Season of the Florence Opera-Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
He received the prestigious “Premio Galileo 2000”, as a young promise of Italian concertism. He has recorded for the labels ARTS, Bongiovanni, Discantica, Columna Musica, Idyllium.
He plays Yamaha clarinets and D’addario reeds.