The New International Encyclopædia/Lafont, Charles Philippe

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LAFONT, lȧ'fṓN', Charles Philippe (1781-1839). A French violinist, born in Paris. He was a nephew of Berthaume, the violinist, and first studied with him. Afterwards he became a pupil at different times of Kreutzer, Berton, and Rode. After a tour in Europe he was made first violin at the Russian Court (1808). Still later he held this position under Louis XVIII. (1815). He was also a singer and composer, but it is as a violin virtuoso that he is best remembered.