Giovanni Matteo Asola (1524-1609) was born in Verona. He was a student of Ruffo and worked in various cities of northern Italy. He was also Kapellmeister at the cathedrals of Treviso and Vicenza. In 1588 he became chaplain at Saint Severo in Venedig, where he remained until his death.
Asola wrote many sacred works, some compositions for double chorus and three volumes of two- to three-part madrigals and two-part canons. His style is mostly conventional, although he was one of the first composers to use basso continuo for the organ accompaniment.