|PIANO TEACHER, COMPOSER (FRANCE)
BORN 13 Nov 1811, Roma, Lazio - DIED 19 Apr 1870, Paris
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Cimetière de Montmartre, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 14)
Camille-Marie stamaty was the son of Greek father who was consul at Civitavecchia for a while. His French mother was a singer op Italian arias. After his father died in 1818 the family moved to France. He showed an early talent for music, but his family didn't encourage him. He became a civil servant but also practised composing and played the piano as well. His skills enabled him to perform at soirees in Paris. He met Friedrich Kalkbrenner who proposed to him to become his pupil as well as his répètiteur. Stamaty accepted and he prepared students for Kalbrenner's courses.
Stamaty took organ lessons with François Benoist and studied harmony and counterpoint with Anton Reicha. In 1836 he went to Leipzig where Felix Mendelssohn was his teacher. Between 1835 and 1870 Stamaty was the best known piano teacher in Paris. Many of his students came from aristocratic families and he was able to charge high fees like Kalkbrenner had done before him. Among his pupils were Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Camille Saint-Saëns (between 1842 and 1849).
After his mother's death in 1846 he stopped working and stayed in Rome for a year. He married in 1848 and he had four children. He frequently suffered from nervous exhaustions that forced him to give up his teaching for longer periods, but he always returned to teaching. He died in 1870 in Paris.
was teacher of Gottschalk, Louis Moreau
was pupil of Kalkbrenner, Friedrich Wilhelm
was pupil of Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix
was pupil of Reicha, Anton
was teacher of Saint-Saëns, Camille
Camille-Marie Stamaty - Wikipedia