Antonio Vivaldi Born March 4, 1678, Venice, Italy
Died July 28, 1741, Vienna, Austria
Bio Antonio Vivaldi was a prolific Italian composer and ordained priest of the late Baroque era. He was nicknamed the “Red Priest” because of his bright red hair. Vivaldi spent most of his life as a church musician, composer, teacher and conductor. His exuberant, innovative compositional style not only had a major impact on the young Johann Sebastian Bach, but also influenced the musical transition from the Baroque period to the Classical period. Vivaldi wrote many sacred choral works, over 40 operas and some 500 instrumental concertos.