Max Riccio holds a Bachelor’s Degree in guitar from the Escola de Música da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil, 2013) where he studied with Paulo Pedrassoli, and a Master’s Degree from the Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil, 2017), where he was guided by Nicolas de Souza Barros and Ermelinda Paz. His Master’s Degree was concluded with the elaboration and publication of the teaching method O violão entrou na roda – a practical guide for beginners, which was considered an innovative teaching methodology and which has earned him numerous invitations to conferences and workshops at major universities and festivals throughout Brazil.
As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed at many national music festivals and concert halls like IV Mostra Internacional de Violão da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (2015) and XIII Mostra Internacional Fred Schneiter (2016), as well as in recordings for radio and TV programs, including premieres from Quincas Laranjeiras (Rádio MEC FM) and recordings for soap operas (Rede Globo) where he played Oud.
He began his studies with popular music but soon turned his interests towards the classical repertoire. Having always had contact with various instruments from the guitar family, and moved by his curiosity for and development towards a diversity of timbres and accents, his passion for the romantic guitar began in 2012 when he acquired a copy of a Lacôte model. Since then he has researched works and arrangements for the instrument, always striving to develop a personal reading of the Early Romantic’s aesthetic thinking.