After discovering his natural talent his grandfather, Arkady Alexandrovich, went out and found Anna Ornatskaya to teach Sergei in 1882. Ornatskaya remained his teacher for around three years until their family ran into financial trouble where they could no longer afford these lessons. These financial troubles got so bad for the family that they were forced to auction off their homes in order to pay off their debt. Frustrated and embarrassed by this situation, the Rachmaninoffs moved to St. Petersburg. 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.
Igor recalled that his schooldays no one had a real attraction for him and he was always lonely. The only thing that got him through it was music and his piano lessons .In 1890, Igor heard his first orchestral performance "The Sleeping Beauty." He was awestruck at the grace of the piece. That performance fueled his interest in music even more. When he was fifteen, he had mastered Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto in G minor.
Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky was a mid-1800’s Russian composer. Tchaikovsky was born on May 7, 1840 in Votinsk, Russia. He showed interest in the piano when young and began lessons at five, but his tutors and parents did not consider him a prodigy (Masha). Tchaikovsky was sent to school to be a clerk at the age of nine, and many believe Tchaikovsky took a serious interest in composing when he was fourteen after his beloved mother died of cholera (Ewen 375). Tchaikovsky work was criticized by others and himself during his life and most of Tchaikovsky’s life is characterized by an emotional turmoil that influenced his music, but his work has had an enduring popularity entitling him a successful composer.
During this time, Mozart continued to compose, completing his first symphony at age nine and publishing his first sonatas the same year. Leopold soon realized that he could make a substantial income by showcasing his son as a Wunderkind in the courts of Europe. Maria Anna was a talented pianist, and Mozart wrote a number of piano pieces, in particular duets and pieces for two pianos, to play with her. On one occasion when Mozart became ill, Leopold expressed more concern over the loss of income than over Mozart himself. The cold weather and constant travel may have contributed to his later illness.
This probably led to why he was a loner and why he only went to academic school for three years. Beethoven’s father wasn’t the only one who saw Beethoven’s talent, Gottlob Neefe (a German Organist) become young Beethoven’s mentor. Gottlob thought Beethoven was the next Mozart, so he sent him to Vienna to meet him. But Beethoven’s mother got sick so he had to come back home before he met him formally. By the time he came back to Vienna, Mozart had died so Beethoven sought help from Hadyn, another German composer.
He was soon assigned to write The Abduction from the Seralio (1782). The emporer loved his music, and later got him the job of court composer. Mozart was now very popular in Vienna. That year he married Constenze Weber, from Germany. His father was not happy with this
His musical talent was discovered by his father who soon realised he would have no career in Rohrau. The acceptance of a proposal from their relative Johann Matthias Frankh gave Haydn the opportunity to attend music school at the age of 5. The school was not a place of fond memory as there were small portions of food and often the children got flogged, not to mention the homesickness. But through it all, Haydn succeeded well with his school work and an opportunity to prove himself was never turned down. He was pretty good at singing at the time and 2 years later he joined the Viennese Cathedral choir, where he was trained to further improve his singing and also learnt to play the piano and violin.
Shostakovich stared to take classes at the Petrograd Conservatory in 1919. However, he did not do well in most of them, but he did extremely well in the artistic classes. Shostakovich composed “1st Symphony” and premiered it in 1926. Shostakovich worked as a concert pianist after he graduated to earn some money. He also composed at the same time.
Igor Stravinsky was third of a family of four boys. He grew up hearing his father practicing his opera and attending local ballets. He also started taking piano lessons when he was 9 years old and continued on with musical notation and composition instruction. All throughout his early life he studied music. However, although he had been brought up with music and loved it dearly, his parents did not want him to pursue a musical career.
Isaac Manuel Francisco Albéniz was born on May 29, 1860 in Camprodón, the Catalan province of Gerona in northeastern Spain. As a child he was exceptionally gifted at the piano and gave his first public performance in Barcelona at the age of four. Two years later his mother took him to Paris where, for nine months, he studied privately with a renowned professor of piano at the Paris Conservatory. An attempt was made to enroll Albéniz at the Conservatory, but the boy was denied admission because he was too young. Upon returning to Spain he gave several concerts and published his first composition, Marcha Militar.