(b Bergamo, c. 1725; d Palermo, 1802). It. violinist and composer. Solo violinist at Württemberg court in Stuttgart 1758–72 and in Moscow with Catherine the Great 1774–83. Visited London 1785 and 1791. Inveterate gambler, died in poverty. Regarded as greatest violinist of his time, forerunner of Paganini. Wrote 17 vn. concs., 30 vn. sonatas.
From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.