1678 - 1741
Antonio was born in Venice, where his father taught him violin and sent him into the priesthood. Vivaldi was an unusual priest. If he was in the middle of a service and had a great idea for his latest piece of music, he would dash out of church to go write it down. Nicknamed "The red Priest" because of his fiery red hair, Vivaldi worked at the conservatory of the Pieta, an all girls orphanage, conducting, performing, and teaching violin. the Pieta was said to have he bet-disciplined orchestra in Italy, comprised solely of the girls in the orphanage.
Antonio Vivaldi, the most original and influential Italian composer of the Baroque Period, was famed for his many concertos. Before Vivaldi, concertos consisted of an equal partnership between solo instrument and orchestra. Vivaldi changed the concerto by giving the solo instrument a more prominent, virtuoso role.