Martin Riccabona was born in 1993 in Hall in Tyrol. After taking piano and organ lessons in his hometown Innsbruck, he came to the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität in Linz as a junior student in the fall of 2009. There he studied organ (Brett Leighton) and harpsichord (Jörg Halubek & Brett Leighton) from 2011-16.
He spent the 2013/14 academic year at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg (organ with Wolfgang Zerer and Pieter van Dijk) via the Erasmus student exchange program.
From 2016 to 2018 he completed a master’s degree in organ with Bernhard Haas at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, and from 2018 to 2021 a master’s degree in harpsichord with Erich Traxler and Augusta Campagne at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna.
He received further impulses and inspiration through lessons with Bernadetta Šuňavská (organ), Menno van Delft (harpsichord and clavichord), Rudolf Jungwirth, Wolfgang Hörlin and Patrick Ayrton (improvisation), as well as at numerous seminars and master classes, among others with Michael Radulescu, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, Andrés Cea Galan, Christopher Stembridge, Louis Robilliard, Massimiliano Raschietti, Ben van Oosten (organ) and Christine Schornsheim (harpsichord).
He is 2nd prize winner of the International Organ Competition Daniel Herz in Brixen (2012), Paul Hofhaimer in Innsbruck (2013) and Schnitger in Alkmaar (2017) and winner of the Grand Prix d’ECHO in Freiberg 2014, which earned him the title “Young ECHO Organist of the Year 2015”.
In 2017, he won the Nibelungen Competition of the Lions Club Linz.
As a soloist he performs at various concert series and organ festivals (including Treviso/I, Toulouse/F, Freiberg/D, Fribourg/CH, Trondheim/N, Alkmaar/NL, Brussels/B), particularly on the important historical organs of Europe. In addition, he regularly performs on organ and harpsichord as a church and chamber music continuo player as well as in oratorio and opera productions. His playing has been documented in contributions for radio and television and on CD.
Martin Riccabona is deeply involved in instrument building issues and regularly participates as a consultant in organ building projects. Since its completion in 2018, he has been custodian of the new concert hall organ in the Linz Brucknerhaus, whose planning and construction he accompanied as a member of the organ commission.
Since 2019 he has been teaching organ, harpsichord and harpsichord correpetition at the Musikschule Linz. In the summer semester of 2021, he will take on a teaching position for organ at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich.