Music: Prodigy at 41

Violinist Ruggiero Ricci appeared on the stage at Carnegie Hall for the first time dressed in a Little Lord Fauntleroy suit with flowing white bow tie and velvet kneepants. He was nine years old, and his hair flopped over his ears. With such classic equipment, he could scarcely have failed to make it as a prodigy—and he made it big. The more uninhibited critics, recalls Ricci. "called me the greatest violinist playing, which meant that I have had to fight Ricci ever since." Now 41, Ricci is still fighting Ricci. He seems to be doing nicely. During a lull in his...

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