Born: 26 February 1677
Died: 18 February 1745
Francesco Nicola Fago, ‘II Tarantino’ was an Italian Baroque composer and teacher. He was the father of Lorenzo Fago (1704-1793).
Born in Taranto, in the Apulia region, he studied music under Francesco Provenzale at the Conservatorio della Pietà dei Turchini in Naples between 1693-95.
Between 1704-08 he worked at the Conservatorio Sant’Onofrio, but from 1705-40 he was based at the Conservatorio della Pietà dei Turchini, where his pupils included Leonardo Leo, Francesco Feo, Giuseppe de Majo, Niccolo Jommelli, Nicola Sala, Michele de Falco, Carmine Giordani as well as his own son, Lorenzo. See: List of music students by teacher: C to F#Nicola Fago.
From 1709-31, Nicola Fago served at the Tesoro di San Gennaro. He died in Naples in 1745.