Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751) was an Italian composer. While famous in his day as an opera composer, he is remembered for his instrumental music. Born in Venice, he studied violin and singing. In 1694 he dedicated his Opus 1 to Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni. His first opera, Zenobia, regina de Palmireni, was produced in 1694. As a paid violonist he dedicated his Opus 2 to Charles IV. In 1701 he wrote his popular suites Opus 3, and dedicated that to Cosimo III de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany.