Department of Strings

Stanley Ritchie

Distinguished Professor of Music (Violin, Early Music)

Ritchie, Stanley


Contact Information:
Merrill Hall, MU115


Early Music

  • D.S.C.M., Sydney Conservatorium of Music, 1956

Stanley Ritchie has directed and appeared as soloist with many period instrument ensembles,
including The Academy of Ancient Music, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Tafelmusik, and the
Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra. He is in demand for master classes and workshops
throughout the world.

Professor Ritchie is a member of Duo Geminiani with harpsichordist Elisabeth Wright, and was a
member of Three Parts Upon a Ground, specializing in 17th-century music for three violins. For
twenty years he was a member of The Mozartean Players, with whom he recorded the complete
Mozart and Schubert Piano Trios for Harmonia Mundi.

Prior to his appointment to the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music in 1982, Ritchie had held
various positions as a modern violinist, including concertmaster of the New York City Opera
Orchestra, associate concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and first violinist of the
Philadelphia String Quartet.

His recordings also include Vivaldi's Violin Concertos, op.7, with Christopher Hogwood and the
Academy of Ancient Music (Oiseau-Lyre); Bonporti's Concerti e Serenate, with Bloomington
Baroque (Dorian Discovery); J. S. Bach's Sonatas for Violin and Obbligato Harpsichord, with
Elisabeth Wright (Focus); and, most recently, Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied
Violin (Musica Omnia). His book, Before the Chinrest - a Violinist's Guide to the Mysteries of Pre-
Chinrest Style and Technique, was published by IU Press in 2012.