Antonio Lolli ( Italian: Antonio Lolli ; circa 1725 , Bergamo - August 10, 1802 , Palermo ) - Italian violinist and composer .
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In 1758 , on the recommendation of Niccolo Yommelli and Padre Martini, he was appointed violinist of the Stuttgart Court Orchestra, and toured extensively in Paris, Vienna, and various cities in Germany and the Netherlands. In 1774 , he was dismissed due to a general reduction in the expenses of the Württemberg court and accepted an invitation to the Russian service as chamber musician of Catherine II . However, the farther, the more Lolly preferred to tour Europe, returning to Russia as little as possible  , and finally in 1783 officially resigned, transferring his place to his student Giovanni Djornovichi . Over the next decade, Lolly apparently performed quite a lot throughout Europe, from Stockholm to Madrid , and by the early 1790s. He settled in Naples, where, according to some reports, he was the bandmaster of the court orchestra.
Lolly’s violin concerts and sonatas were modestly successful, but his performance was highly regarded by his contemporaries. Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart called him “ Shakespeare among violinists”, and after decades, Julius Max Schottky , based on the memoirs of his contemporaries, believed that only Lolly could stand next to Niccolo Paganini  .
- German National Library , Berlin State Library , Bavarian State Library , etc. Record # 102374392 // General regulatory control (GND)
- BNF identifier : Open Data Platform
- Article about Lolly in the Grove Music Dictionary (link unavailable )
- Julius Max Schottky. Paganini's Leben und Treiben als Künstler und als Mensch. ( 1830 )