Pinto, George Frederick
- Nicholas Temperley
(b Lambeth, Sept 25, 1785; d Chelsea [now in London], March 23, 1806). English composer of mixed ancestry. His father’s name was Samuel Saunders or Sanders, but he took his surname from his mother Julia Pinto, daughter of Thomas Pinto and herself the composer of a published vocal duet, The Morning (c1788). His early musical talents were nurtured by his mother and his step-grandmother, the singer Charlotte Brent. He began studying the violin very early, and at eight became a pupil of Salomon, who soon presented him as a prodigy. His first known public appearance was at Raimondi’s concert on 10 June 1795 at the New Lyceum, Hanover Square, when he played a violin concerto by Giornovichi. Between 1798 and 1803 he played frequently at concerts in London and the provinces, and is said to have made two excursions to Paris. At Salomon’s benefit on ...