Cavallini, Ernesto, outstanding Italian clarinetist; b. Milan, Aug. 30, 1807; d. there, Jan. 7, 1874. At the age of 10, he entered the Milan Cons, as a pupil of Benedetto Carulli. Following concert tours of Italy, he played in the La Scala orch. and taught in Milan. He gave concerts in Paris (1842) and London (1842, 1845), and then was solo clarinetist at the St. Petersburg court (1852–70) before returning to Milan. A masterful performer, he was acclaimed as the Paganini of the clarinet. He composed a number of works for his instrument.
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