From our facebook page: a profile of Richard Amoroso, first violin.
Hometown: Upper Darby, PA
Philadelphia Orchestra member since: January 1998
What are some of your hobbies? --Playing golf, exercising, and hunting down good pizza.
Are any of your family members musicians? --Many of my family members are musicians - my father, several cousins, aunt and uncles and my grandfather.
Are you related to the famous Amoroso Baking Company? --I am not related but my father grew up in the same neighborhood as the Amoroso baking family.
What is one of your favorite tour or run out stories? --One special concert and memory is a concert we played a few years ago in Saratoga Springs. On a very hot steamy night, a large beetle landed on my shirt. After asking my stand partner to brush it off, she instead sent it down the middle of my shirt. I played 20 more minutes until intermission with it crawling around on my stomach.
Do you teach? --I teach several students privately each week out of my home.
Please tell us about your violin and/or bow. --I play on my Nikolai Gagliano from 1761, which is like a family member to me. The bow I use is nothing extraordinary in terms of value, but it draws a great sound out of my violin.