JOHANN GEORG PISENDEL (1687 - 1755)
A pupil of Vivaldi in Venice, Pisendel served as a violinist in the court orchestra at Ansbach. From 1712 he was employed in the Dresden court orchestra, where he became Konzertmeister.
His lessons with Vivaldi date from 1716, followed by further study in Italy. He remained in the service of the Dresden court and earned a reputation as one of the leading German violinists of his time. A number of Vivaldi’s violin concertos were marked ‘for Pisendel’, and seem to have formed part of Pisendel’s repertoire in Dresden.
Seven violin concertos by Pisendel survive, together with four concerti grossi and two violin sonatas – the second for unaccompanied violin, a possible example to Bach.