American violinist Ruggiero Ricci has died at the age of 94.
Born in San Francisco in 1918, he began playing the violin when he was six and was taught by maestro Louis Persinger.
He made his professional orchestral debut in London in 1932 when he performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto and later the same year he played for scientist Albert Einstein at the California Institute of Technology.
After service in the Air Force during World War II, Ricci returned to the classical stage, performing more than 5,000 concerts all over the world.
He also followed in his mentor's footsteps and taught at the Juilliard School, the University of Michigan and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.