Robert R. Riccardi Sr, established his Violin Shop in 1966. He was a professional Double Bass player with the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra for 33 years, retiring in 2000. Being a part of a prestigious musical family was a great asset.His four uncles and his father while pursuing other careers established a place for themselves in the music business, all playing bass and cello.
His great uncle Anthony Quintile broke rank to play the harp. It was said that he was the person playing when you listened to Harpo Marx. Robert or Bob as he was known, studied with his uncle Anthony Quintile, Roger M. Scott (Philadelphia Orchestra) and Peter M. Pauli (Detroit Symphony).
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