Virtuoso performer and composer Antonio Scontrino (1850-1922) began his study of the double bass at an early age, performing on a modified cello prepared by his father, a carpenter and amateur luthier. Scontrino completed musical studies at the Palermo Conservatory, and in Munich, and spent time touring Europe as a bass virtuoso and orchestral musician. He settled back in Italy and returned to the Palermo Conservatory in 1891 as a professor of composition.
As a composer, Scontrino’s works reflect both his Italian and German training. His vocal works include several operas and works for chorus. Numerous instrumental works include a double bass concerto, an Adagio for violin and winds, and several pieces for string quartet.