He was an accomplished pianist and composer, although he never published any of his works.
Of his four daughters only one, who married the Russian pianist Gabrilowitch, survived him.
The hotel dining room is furnished with a simple elegance and features a pianist playing live music during peak hours.
Her sister, Maria Teresa Agnesi (1724-1780), a well-known Italian pianist and composer, was born at Milan in 1724.
Early distinguished by her excellence as a pianist, organist and singer, she also showed considerable ability in painting and illuminating; but a lively poetic imagination led her to the path of literature, and more especially to poetry, folk-lore and ballads.