Riccardo Ceni, born in Milano in 1970, studied composition with Bruno Bettinelli and Azio Corghi, conducting with Maurizio Benini, Daniele Gatti, Guido Maria Guida and Carlo Maria Giulini (Scuola di Musica di Fiesole), choir conducting with Norbert Balatsch (Bayreuther Festspiele), Franco Monego and Tonu Kaljuste, graduating in composition, polyphony composition, choir conducting and orchestra conducting (conservatories of Milano, Bologna, Accademia di S. Cecilia). He got a laurea cum laude in literature – musical dramaturgy at the University of Milan.
After an apprenticeship as a coach and choir conductor, he became resident conductor at Guido Cantelli Orchestra and director of Ensemble 2 Agosto. He’s invited as a conductor by Orchestra Sinfonica Arturo Toscanini, Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Massimo di Palermo - Operalaboratorio, Arena di Verona, Teatro alla Scala Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino, Orchestra da Camera di Mantova, I Pomeriggi Musicali, Sax-Ensemble in Madrid. He cut the cds "Skin", "Dolly today - around Fauré" (Stradivarius), the dvd “Luis De Pablo – Música para Saxofón” and a cd on music by Enrique Muñoz. Among his collaborations as a conductor: Marcello Fois, Pippo Delbono, Gabriele Vacis, Moni Ovadia, Francesco Manara, Bruno Canino, Gianluca Cascioli, Serghei Galaktionov, Christophe Desjardins. He was finalist at the competition “Young Orchestra Conductors of the EC” (Spoleto 2003).
He wrote an opera taken from Offenbach's music, commissioned by the Münster’s Theater. He cooperates as a consultant with Ricordi, with Musik and Ästhetik and with the tv broadcasting Raisat.
Full professor of Harmony and Analysis and former coordinator for international relations at the Conservatorio of Parma, he teaches at the University of Parma and at the CSI of Lugano; he was professor of conducting at the Conservatorio of Ferrara, professor and coordinator of the postgraduate specialization course “Musica d’oggi” (Conservatorio of Bari), visiting professor at the Real Conservatorio Superior of Madrid and professor of Music Analysis at the University of Parma. In 2016 he has been elected director of the Conservatorio of Parma.