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Eddie Van Halen was born in 1957 in Nijmegen, Holland and moved with his family to California in the 1960’s. His father was a classically trained musician and an accomplished jazz player. The two Van Halen brothers began playing music early,…

Jean Julius Christian Sibelius was born in Hämmeenlinna, Finland in 1865. He began learning music at a young age through violin and piano. Originally aspiring to a career in law, he took a music course at the Helskinki University conservatory…

Itzhak Perlman was born in Israel in 1945 to Polish immigrant parents. He was stricken with Polio as a small child, which paralyzed his legs, and he has used a wheelchair ever since. Perlman was considered a “child prodigy” and played…

Born in Raiding, Hungary in 1811, Franz List was a well-known virtuoso pianist and composer. During his career, Liszt wrote hundreds of compositions and invented the symphonic poem. At the age of six or seven, Liszt’s father began teaching…

Vasily Vasilyevich Kandinsky, commonly transliterated as Wassily Kandinsky, was born in 1866 in Moscow, Russia into a merchant family. In 1892, he graduated from Moscow University with a degree in law. In 1896, Kandinsky gave up a promising legal…

Richard D. James, AKA Aphex Twin, was born in 1971 in Ireland and raised in Cornwall, England. James’s unique type of music, known as both “intelligent techno” and “ambient techno” was one of the most inventive types of…

David Hockney is an English painter, graphic artist, photographer, theatre designer, teacher and writer. Born in 1937 in Bradford, England, Hockney began his studies at the Bradford College of Art in 1953, and in 1959 enrolled in the Royal College of…