Welcome to the official Joseph Antonio Emidy website.

The amazing life and times of this 19th century composer and virtuoso violinist, born in West Africa in c.1775, taken as a slave to Brazil and subsequently becoming one of the leading violinists at the Lisbon Opera House, is chronicled on this site.

Joseph Antonio Emidy was one of the first composers to emerge out of the African Diaspora (The African Presence in Europe, The Americas & The Caribbean) and lived and worked in Cornwall as a composer for most of his life until his death in 1835.

In recent years, there have been several events in his remembrance to mark his extraordinary life, including the 'Hidden Routes' initiative; a bicentenary commemorative concert and the instillation of a plaque at Falmouth Parish church, Cornwall in the United Kingdom.