Alessandro Scarlatti was his father. Domenico Scarlatti met Cristofori in Florence. He is famously said to have competed against Handel in a trial of skill at the organ and harpsichord (it was declared an honourable draw: he continued to laud Handel’s technique). Seixas and Soler were met during the long period he lived in Portugal and Spain, Soler studying under Scarlatti. Corelli, Farinelli and Quantz were also met in Rome (though Farinelli’s long residence in Madrid later overlapped with Scarlatti’s).