Antonio Brosa was a Catalan violinist (1894-1979). He was a great friend of Benjamin Britten, who consulted him on the difficulties of Britten's concerto. He premiered Benjamin Britten's violin concerto op. 15 at Carnegie Hallon 28th March 1940, playing on his Vesuvius Stradivarius of 1727 with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, with John Barbirolli conducting. This performance launched his career as a solo violinist. The Vesuvius Strad later belonged to Remo Lauricella, UK based concert violinist/composer.
In 1926, he was married to Margaret Ethel Dallas (born 1892), an artist and a granddaughter of Sir Charles Santley (1834-1922), the famous singer.
He was the leader of a famous string quartet of his own name. He disbanded this quartet in 1939 and he played modern works of Michael Berkeley, Edmund Rubbra, and Michael Tippett He was also the leader of the Pro Arte String Quartet in US.
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