Ennio Bolognini

Master of the Cello

I was about 12 years old when I met Ennio Bolognini. There he was in our suburban Chicago home wearing a military officer's uniform with all the trimmings and an air of adventure looking to me like he was 10 feet tall. He was large, gracious and very talented.

Ennio Bolognini was born into a musical family in Argentina in 1893. His father, Egidio, was first cellist in orchestras under Toscanini in Argentina and Europe. A close friend of the family, Arturo Toscanini became Ennio's godfathe. Ennio's mother Argia was an opera singer and voice teacher.