Born in Tuscany
in 1818 Ciardi had an early career as soloist. He arrived in St. Petersburg in 1853. He played an old
style Viennese flute and was known for his clear beautiful sound
and impeccable technique. He taught at the Royal Chapel, the Theatre School
and the Conservatory where Tchaikovsky was a pupil.
Ciardi was a prolific
composer. His works formed the repertoire of his much acclaimed performances
and included a flute concerto(Gran Concerto in D
Op.129) and his well known Carneval Russe. He died at Streina, near St. Petersburg in 1877.
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