Lorenzo Zavateri’s career remains something of a mystery, because little documentation about his life has been found. He lived in Bologna, where he studied violin and composition. Zavateri was clearly respected by his peers. He was elected to the Bologna’s famous Accademia Filarmonica (Philharmonic Academy) in 1717, and he joined the esteemed orchestra of San Petronio during the 1720s.
Zavateri published very little work, with his best-known compositions being his Concerti da chiesa e da camera (Concerti for church and chamber). These 12 works were well received when they appeared in 1735, and they continue to be appreciated as notable examples of early 18th-century Italian music.