He belongs to a remarkable family of violinists, in which son succeeded father for four generations. Filippo was the founder of the family and was born in 1686 and died in 1773. His son Giuseppe (1737-1826) was the next, then Carlo (1772-1806), all of whom were noted for their wonderful performances on the instrument. Antonio was born at Modena and was a pupil of his grandfather, Giuseppe, and of Giovanni Mari, and became an eminent performer and later conductor of orchestras at Cento, Bologna and Ferrara. From 1835 he was leader of the Modena Theatre and conductor of the Ducal Orchestra.