Romanini, Romano



Italian violinist and operatic composer; was born at Parma. He studied the violin under Mandovani and composition under Dacci at the Conservatory in that city, graduating from the institution in 1882 with the first prize in both subjects. He was afterward connected as first violin soloist with leading orchestras, and as such went to France and London. He distinguished himself especially in quartet music, and in 1888 was appointed master of the school of the theatre of Savigliano. m In 1900 he won the prize, among sixteen competitors, of the position of first violin at the Teatro Grande and of professor at the Venturi Musical Institute of Brescia. In 1905 he was appointed director of the said institution, which position he holds at the present time. In this same year he presented a composition of his own, Al Campo, a melodrama in two acts. He has also composed two symphonies for full orchestra; several romanzas for the voice; pieces for violin and piano; and numerous works for strings, among which are three minuets and one gavotte. Although these have been played with success in public, none has been published.