Jacopo Ristori completed his studies in Genova at the Conservatorio “N. Paganini” with Nevio Zanardi and he graduated in Alessandria with Claudio Merlo in 2010. Very important was the encounter with Antonio Meneses, with whom he took lessons and masterclasses for two years for improving his musical and technical skills. Jacopo worked as a freelance cellist in Italy for years while he was developing interest in the historical performance practice.
In 2016 he moved to the Netherlands for deepening his knowledge in early music and studied with Viola de Hoog in Utrecht. In June 2019 Jacopo completed his studies at the Utrecht Conservatory, with distinction from the whole jury (they called his performance and arrangement of Schumann’s cello concerto remarkable). During his studies in Utrecht, Jacopo also started to practice the violone in G (8 foot) for approaching the early baroque period and studying the role of the bass in the 17th century. Apart from the baroque and classical period, Jacopo is also practicing 19th century repertoire from a historical point of view experimenting with principles of the performance practice of that time.
Jacopo Ristori took part in the masterclass, focused on the romantic repertoire, with Jesper Christensen during the Romberg Dagen in Amsterdam in 2018. In September 2020, he was part of the internship organised by Collegium Vocale Gent led by Philippe Herreweghe. Jacopo lives in the Netherlands working as a freelancer and he works with various ensembles such as Concerto Köln and the Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht led by Johannes Leertouwer. In October 2020 he was invited by the Narratio Quartet to perform Verklärte Nacht by Schönberg in the concert series of the 10th edition of the Académie Européenne de Musique Ancienne de Vannes.
In 2021 he took part to the first edition of the international competition “Beethoven in seiner Zeit” in duo with the pianist Anastasiya Akinfina. They were among the five finalists receiving a special merit award. Recently he became the owner of an instrument built in South Germany around 1780.