Antonio Vivaldi

A native of Venice, Vivaldi was a priest and composer of Baroque music. He is particularly known for his violin concertos, four of which he arranged together in the series ‘Four Seasons’ (1723), which is still frequently performed. His father, Giovanni Battista, was a professional violinist, and he toured Venice taking young Antonio with him. In 1693, Vivaldi began his studies to become a priest and was ordained at the age of 25, soon gaining the nickname Il Prete Rosso, “The Red Priest”. In 1706, because of health problems, Vivaldi had to withdraw from active priesthood. He worked at a school for orphans instead, teaching his pupils music, but also devoting himself to composing. Except for concertos, he is also known for his fourty-six operas, seventy-three sonatas, numerous sinfonias and sacred music.