Ernesto Camillo Sivori was an Italian virtuoso violinist and composer. Born in Genoa, he was a pupil of Paganini. He also studied with Restano, Giacomo Costa and Dellepiane. From 1827 Sivori began the career of a travelling virtuoso, which lasted almost without interruption until 1864. He played Mendelssohn's concerto for the first time in England in 1846, and was in England again in the seasons of 1851 and 1864. He lived for many years in Paris, and died in Genoa on February 18, 1894.