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Cristofano Malvezzi (Composer)

Born: 28th June 1543, Lucca, Italy

Died: 22nd January 1599, Florence

Nationality: Italian

Cristofano Malvezzi was an Italian organist and composer of the late Renaissance. He was one of the most famous composers in the city of Florence during a time of transition to the Baroque style.

Malevezzi was born in Lucca. From 1551 he lived in Florence, serving the Medicis from 1562. He held a number of organist posts in the city, and also taught pupils, among them Jacopo Peri, who is often regarded as the inventor of opera.

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