Oboist, cellist, and harpsichordist Giovanni Schiavonetti was born in Venice (date is not known). He was married to the soprano and prima donna Elisabetta Pilotti. Both were associated with the House of Hanover as they were employed at the court of Sophia Dorothea where they first met Handel. The couple came to London in 1710 when Giovanni took a position as a court musician for George II, Sophia’s brother. Soon after arriving, Pilotti-Schiavonetti was offered a position at the Queen’s Theatre, Haymarket, and she became one of Handel’s favourite performers. The couple returned to Hanover in 1728 where Giovanni died in March 1730, followed by Elisabetta in May 1742.