Born in the Tuscan city of Lucca, Francesco Geminiani (1687-1762) studied violin with Archangelo Corelli and composition with Alessandro Scarlatti. He held posts in various orchestras in his native Italy before moving to London in 1714 where he pursued a tripartite career as a performer, composer and teacher. Towards the end of his life he settled in Ireland, a country he knew well having stayed there for extended periods since the 1730s. He died in Dublin. Geminiani’s compositions are modelled closely on those of Corelli and include solo sonatas, trio sonatas and concertos. His treatise, The Art of Playing on the Violin, which was published in 1751, is one of the most important publications of its type.

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