Born in 1792, Matteo Carcassi was an Italian guitarist & composer. Spending most of his live in Paris (where he died on 16th January 1853) he traveled widely across Europe where he gained a reputation as a virtuoso. He visited London in 1822, returning the following year with renewed success and again in 1828. He also toured extensively in Germany in 1824 & 1827. Matteo Carcassi composed many pieces for the guitar, including a popular "method" (Op.