Cellist and composer Filippo Amadei, known as Pippo del Violoncello, was born in Rome around 1665. In his early career he performed in in concerts and religious functions and was acknowledged as Rome’s leading cellist. From 1690 he acted as composer of cantates and oratorios in the service of Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni. He had arrived in London before November 1718 when he performed at Lincoln’s Inn Fields Theatre. He participated in the first collaborative creation of an opera in London. In 1721 he wrote the first act for Muzio scevola. Bononcini wrote the second act, and Handel the third. He died in London around 1725.