Pinto, George Frederick



English violinist and composer; born at Lambeth. His real name was Sauters, but he took the name of his grandfather Thomas, an excellent violinist. George inherited the talent of his predecessor. He studied with Salomon and played at concerts and in 1802 accompanied Salomon to Scotland and later went to Paris. He was also an excellent pianist, and sang well. Pinto might have been a second Mozart if it had not been for the excesses which brought his brilliant career prematurely to a close at Little Chelsea. A Shepherd Loved a Nymph so Fair; It Was a Winter's Evening; Little Warbler; and Nature, Sweet Mistress are mentioned as among Pinto's works.