Ruggero Allifranchini

“You don’t get good wine by aging vinegar for many years. It is still vinegar.” You need to start with a good violin. Ruggero talks about his Stradivarius and Zygmuntowicz violins, what they bring to the music he plays and how they influence his life. Ruggero Allifranchini is the associate concertmaster for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and John H. and Elizabeth B. Myers Chair. Fun fact: Ruggero was a jazz drummer for many years.

This segment aired as part of MN Original episode #104.


Ruggero Allifranchini is the Associate Concertmaster of the SPCO. He was born into a musical household in Milan, Italy and raised on a diverse musical diet, ranging from Beethoven to John Coltrane. In 1984, he studied at the New School in Philadelphia with Jascha Brodsky and later at the Curtis Institute of Music, studying with Szymon Goldberg and chamber music with Felix Galimir. In 1988, he received the Diploma d’Onore from the Chigiana Academy in Siena, Italy. In 1989, he co-founded the Borromeo String Quartet, with whom he played exclusively for eleven years.

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