Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich was born in September of 1906. At the age of nine, he began taking piano lessons from his mother, and at thirteen he entered the Petrograd Conservatory. There he studied piano, composition, counterpoint and fugue. After graduating, he started a career as both a pianist and a composer, but soon restricted his piano playing to performances of his own works. His early compositions showed a number of diverse influences from both “traditional” composers and avant-garde trailblazers.
Rebecca Clarke was an English composer born in August 1886. At the age of nine, she began to play the violin, and later, during her studies at the Royal Academy of Music, she switched to the viola. She went on to make a living playing viola, and became one of the first female professional orchestral musicians.
On July 24th, 2016 we celebrate the 136th birthday of Swiss composer Ernest Bloch!
Bloch was a violinist from the age of nine, studying in Brussels with teachers such as Eugène Ysaÿe. Soon after, he began his composition studies and published his first work, Historiettes au Crépuscule for mezzo-soprano voice and piano, in 1903.
Elgar's Cello Concerto:
Sir Edward William Elgar (1857-1934) was an English composer who wrote pieces such as Pomp and Circumstance Marches, Enigma Variations, and The Dream of Gerontius.
One of his more famous pieces is the Cello Concerto in E minor, Op85, which was composed in 1919 near Fittleworth, Sussex.
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) was a German composer and virtuosic pianist from the mid- late romantic era. He is considered one of the most influential composers in history alongside Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) and Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Being such a great pianist Brahms usually premiered his own works along side with other leading performers such as pianist Clara Schumann (1819-1896) and violinist Joseph Joachim (1831-1907).