01 August 1755 - 28 March 1818
Antonio Capuzzi was an Italian violinist and composer of the early classical era. Born in 1755, he studied in Venice under A. Nazari (violin) and F. Bertoni (composition), before becoming concertmaster with the orchestra at the Teatro di S. Samuele in 1780 and eventually orchestral director at the Testro di S. Benedetto. Much of his music remains unknown today, though his concerto for double bass is a staple of the repertoire, particular for students. The manuscript for the concerto was found in the British Museum, and the work is dedicated to Kavalier Marcantonio Montenigo, presumed to have been the original performer.