Francesco Geminiani

(1687 - 1762)

One of the leading Italian virtuoso violinist-composers of his time. Born in Lucca, he studied under the Italian violinist-composer Arcangelo Corelli and in 1714 settled in England, establishing a career as a brilliant performer. Of his compositions the best known are his concerti grossi, opus 2 and 3. Through his teaching he transmitted the technique and style of Corelli to later generations. The Art of Playing on the Violin, an invaluable 18th-century treatise on violin playing, was for many years misattributed to Geminiani. Read more on Wikipedia.