Igor start piano lessons as a young boy he started studying music and started trying to compose. Though he loved music and his parents knew that they expected Igor to go into law. He attended school at the University of Saint Petersburg but took about 50 classes in the 4 years there. The summer after he stayed with a composer and his family where Rimsky-Korsakov one of the most famous composers of those times suggested that Igor not go into law and take some private lessons instead. Igor’s father died that same year in which Igor had already started spending more time on music than on law.
Sergei began to study at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory where he was granted a scholarship making it possible for him to attend at age ten. Soon after moving Sergei and his family went through a rough time in the... ... middle of paper ... ...y worked as a concert pianist, conductor, and teacher. He then decides his only hope was to seek help. Sergei began undergoing hypnotic treatment with psychologist Nicolai Dahl. Slowly he started to recover and began work on his Piano Concerto No.
In 1903 Schoenberg returned to Vienna to teach. There he met his most successful students, the Austrian composers Anton Webern and Alban Berg, who became his close friends. In his compositions, Schoenberg employed far-reaching harmonies, a trait that later developed into atonality. Because of this, riots erupted at both premieres of his first two string quartets in 1905 and 1908. Such experiences led him often to feel persecuted by a public that could not understand his music.