Distinguished violinist, who first taught himself. Born in Paris, where he was a pupil of Piffet and Pagin, later going to Padua to study under Tartina and to Parma to study composition under Traetta. He toured Italy, where he played for the Prince of Monaco. Going to London in 1770 he spent five years as director of the Italian Opera. He then returned to Paris, where he directed the Concert Spirituel and the Comedie Italien, in 1890 the Theatre de Monsieur, and afterwards the Theatre Feydeau. He also held a professorship at the Conservatory. He became deaf in 1813 and his last years were spent in poverty. He died in Paris.