Ambrogio

Ambrogio

De Predis, Ambrogio c.1455-c.1506, Milanese painter. He worked under Leonardo da Vinci and copied many of his paintings. He also executed several portraits of the Sforzas (National Gall. of Art, Washington, D.C.; Vienna).
Spinola, Ambrogio, 1569-1630, Spanish general, b. Italy, of a noble Genoese family. In 1602, Spinola entered Spanish service in the Netherlands. He took (1604) Ostend from Maurice of Nassau after a long siege and then carried the war into the northern provinces. Named commander in chief in the Netherlands by Philip II in 1605, Spinola negotiated the 12-year truce of 1609. Early in the Thirty Years War he led (1620) an army into the Palatinate against the Protestant Union; the following year he was created marqués de los Balbases by Philip IV. After the resumption (1621) of the fighting in the Netherlands, Spinola returned there and captured (1625) Breda. However, his conciliatory policy lost him the favor of Philip IV, who appointed him (1629) governor of Milan. Spinola died while trying to take Casale in the War of the Mantuan Succession.
Sara Sant'Ambrogio is an American cellist best known as a member of the Eroica Trio.

She was born in Boston and began her studies with her father, John Sant'Ambrogio, principal cellist with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. She was invited to study with David Soyer at the Curtis Institute of Music at the age of 16. Three years later, Leonard Rose invited her to study at the Juilliard School of Music. She immediately won the Juilliard Schumann Concerto competition and was featured in a Lincoln Center concert.

Her career began when she won the bronze medal at the 1986 International Tchaikovsky Violoncello Competition in Moscow and was invited to play at Carnegie Hall. This recital aired nationally on CBS. Since then she has appeared as a soloist with the Atlanta, Boston Pops, Chicago, Dallas, Moscow State Philharmonic, Century Orchestra Osaka, St. Louis, San Francisco, and Seattle orchestras, in addition to touring and recording widely with the Eroica Trio. She has performed at many festivals and was featured in the Bach Cello Suites with the New York City Ballet.

She has premiered works by several contemporary composers, including the double concerto Romeo and Juliet by Daron Hagen, with flutist Jeffrey Khaner and the Albany Symphony Orchestra.

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