A piano virtuoso and great composer of the Romantic period, Frederic Chopin was born on March 1st 1810 in Warsaw, Poland.
His father was a French school teacher who emigrated to Poland where he met and married Chopin’s mother.
Chopin’s extraordinary talent as a musician was apparent at a very young age. By the age of 7 he was already composing music on the piano as well as performing publicly.
Although he did compose a number of chamber pieces, Chopin was vastly more well-known and sought after for his work on the piano, which included 51 Mazurkas, 12 Polonaises, 17 Waltzes, and 19 Nocturnes.
His Nocturne in Eb Major, Prelude in E minor, and Piano Sonata No. in Bb minor, more commonly known as the Funeral March are some of his more famous pieces today.
The expression of beauty, inner personal turmoil, and heroism throughout his music earned him the respect and friendship of some of his more notable peers including Felix Mendelssohn and Hector Berlioz, among others.
Like many great composers, Chopin suffered an untimely death. After touring through England and Scotland he contracted tuberculosis and died on October 17th 1849 in Paris, France at the age of 39.