Riccardo Bergonzi lives and works in Cremona. In 1979 he graduated from the Cremona School of Violin-making and was awarded the Gold Medal "G. Merola" as the best pupil of the school. For 10 years he was a teacher at the Cremona International School of Violin Making.
Over the years Riccardo Bergonzi has participated and been recognized in major national and international competitions: 1976 Gold Medal at the Bagnacavallo exhibition as "youngest violin-maker"; 1988 Gold Medal at the Bagnacavallo exhibition as "best violin" with special mention for the varnish; 1990 Gold Medal at the Bagnacavallo exhibition for his cello; 1991 Cremona International Triennale: his instrument is first in the viola category.
Riccardo pays particular attention to set up and sound; his craftmanship is recognized all over the world.
Along with his activity as violin-maker Riccardo Bergonzi is also a painter and a sculptor, working with wood and bronze. This interest for art is undoubtedly an important complement to the activity of violin-making, contributing to the study of forms by a richer and more personal touch.