Uto Ughi

po_Ughi-UtoDiodato “Uto” Ughi (born January 21, 1944) is an Italian violinist and conductor.

Uto was the music director of l’Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia from 1987–1992. He is considered one of Italy’s greatest living violinists and is also active in the promotion of classical music in today’s culture.

When he was young he started to play the violin, at only «5 or 6 years» he said, and he made his debut at 7 years old, at the Teatro Lirico di Milano. At 12 years he was considered a mature artist.

He involves himself in many activities to promote music culture. He is the founder of several music festivals, namely “Omaggio a Venezia”, “Omaggio a Roma” (1999–2002) and “Uto Ughi per Roma.” In tandem with Bruno Tosi, Uto Ughi instituted the musical prize “Una vita per la Musica” (“A life for Music”).