Violinist Richard Amoroso joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1998. Born in 1970 to a musical family, he is well-known for his involvement in the Philadelphia musical community and for his extensive work with young people. A former pupil of past Philadelphia Orchestra concertmasters, Norman Carol and William de Pasquale, Mr. Amoroso continues in the long and rich tradition of these artists.
Most important engagements include a recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and a solo appearance with the Philly Pops Orchestra. In addition, Mr. Amoroso speaks from the stage to both subscription and young audiences of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He is also a frequent participant in the orchestra’s chamber music series and Family Concerts. Most recently, Mr. Amoroso performed as soloist with the Helena Symphony in Montana performing Shostakovich's Violin Concerto.
Mr. Amoroso's relationship with The Philadelphia Orchestra began at the age of 13 when, as winner of the orchestra’s student concerto competition, he performed as soloist with the orchestra on the stage of the famed Academy of Music. He continued his studies at the Settlement School of Music and later earned his bachelor's degree from Dickinson College, graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
Mr. Amoroso also has had an extensive teaching studio for the last 18 years. Some of his students have gone onto receiving scholarships at major universities and conservatories. Others are now playing professionally in orchestras around the country. Mr. Amoroso's students range in age and ability from young beginners to older professionals. His instrument is a Nicolai Gagliano from 1765. He resides in Ocean City, NJ. He is an avid golfer and sports fan.