Papini, Guido



Italian violinist and composer; born at Camagiore. He studied under Giorgetti at Florence, and made his debut there in 1860, executing the third concerto by Spohr. Later he led the Societa del Quartette for a number of years. In 1874 he made his London debut at the Musical Union, where he afterward usually appeared, but he has also played at concerts of the Old and New Philharmonic Societies, and at the Crystal Palace. In 1876 he took part in the Pasdeloup concerts at Paris, and also at those of the Bordeaux Philharmonic. He is the composer of a concerto for the violin, and one for the cello; romances; nocturnes; and Feuilles d' album; Exercises du mecanisme, for the violin alone; and Violin School, arrangements and transcriptions. He also edited a number of classical works, among them twenty-four of Paganini's caprices. In 1893 he became head of the violin department of the Royal Academy of Music at Dublin, but gave up the position in 1896 and returned to London, where he Jias since lived, composing and giving a few private lessons.