Though having no shortage of romantic conquests, Paganini was seriously involved with a singer named Antonia Bianchi from Como, whom he met in Milan in 1813. The two gave concerts together throughout Italy. They had a son, Achilles Cyrus Alexander, born on 23 July 1825 in Palermo and baptized at San Bartolomeo's.
|Achille Ciro Alessandro Paganini, son of Niccolò Paganini and the singer Antonia Bianchi.|
Achille was born in Palermo (Italy) on 23 July 1825.
Achille stayed with his father after the end of the love story of Paganini and Antonia Bianchi. Paganini loved him very much, he often wrote about him to his friends; a few words written by Paganini to Gaetano Donizetti from Lipzia, October 8, 1829:
“Achille my darling Achille is all my happyness. He grows up handsome and nice; he speaks German very well and he helps me with the translations; he loves me sweetly and I love him”
They never legalized their union and it ended around April 1828 in Vienna. Paganini brought Achilles on his European tours, and Achilles later accompanied his father until the latter's death. He was instrumental in dealing with his father's burial, years after his death.