He made his debut at the age of thirteen with Paganini’s Capricci. At fifteen, he won the Geneva Competition and two years later, in 1958, he was the first prize winner in the Geneva Paganini Competition. His extremely vast repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary music. Composers such as Sciarrino, Donatoni, Piston, Piazzolla and Xenakis have dedicated their works to him. He performs with the most important orchestras and the most important conductors, both as soloist and as conductor. His passion for chamber music led him to create the Quartetto Accardo in 1992, while his interest in young people has spurred him to carry out an intensive teaching activity.
Salvatore Accardo has come back to Siena in 2004, where he was once a Student and later an Instructor from 1973 to 1980.