Bartolomeo Cristofori - age: 75

Bartolomeo Cristofori

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ABOUT

Italian instrument maker who invented the piano and was employed by the Medici family. He was also skilled at building existing instruments, such as the clavicytherium or upright harpsichord and the standard Italian harpsichord.He invented two other keyboard instruments in addition to the piano: the spinettone and the oval spinet.He and Adolphe Sax both invented well-known musical instruments.

BEFORE FAME

He may have apprenticed with the legendary violin maker, Nicolò Amati. He was hired by Ferdinando de Medici, the Prince of Tuscany, to maintain the royal collection of musical instruments.

PERSONAL LIFE

His life was poorly documented. All that remained were his birth and death records, two wills, bills he sent to clients, and one interview conducted by Scipione Maffei. His family was residing in Padua in the Republic of Venice when he was born.

FUN FACTS

Inventor Bartolomeo Cristofori were born on Tuesday, birthstone is Emerald, the seaon was Spring in the Chinese year of , it is 108 days until Bartolomeo Cristofori next birthday.

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