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Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos) is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. Born in Newton, NC, she began playing piano at the age of two and by the age of thirteen, Amos was entertaining on the Washington D.C. piano bar circuit. She briefly…

Leonard Bernstein (born Louis Bernstein) was an American conductor, composer, pianist, author and lecturer. Widely considered to be one of the most influential and dynamic musicians in American history, Bernstein was born in Lawrence, MA and rose to…

Duke Ellington (born Edward Kennedy Ellington) was an American big-band leader, composer, and pianist. Born in Washington, D.C., Ellington was a prolific composer and a monolithic figure in jazz, though his compositions encompassed many other genres…

Richard Feynman, born in Far Rockaway, New York, was an American physicist, lecturer, and professor known as much for his quirky personality as for his contributions to the field of physics. His work was integral to our understanding of quantum…

HélèneGrimaud is a French classical pianist. Born in Aix-en-Provence, France, Grimaud began playing piano at age 7 and within several years entered the Conservatoire de Paris. By age 15, she won top honors for her recording 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…

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…

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…

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…

Born in 1899 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Nabokov moved to England in 1917, to Berlin in 1922, then to the United States in 1940, and finally to Switzerland in 1959, where he died in 1977. Nabokov was best known in the United States for his novel…