Antonin Kraft (Composer)
Born: 30th December 1749, Rokycany, Czechia
Died: 28th August 1820, Vienna, Austria
Antonín Kraft was a Czech cellist and composer. He was a close friend of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.
Kraft was born in the Bohemian town of Rokycany of a German Bohemian ethnic family which had assimilated into Czech. He received early musical education on the cello from his father before going to university in Vienna to study law. He soon obtained a position in the Imperial Hofkapelle.