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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…

Born in 1951 in Toowoomba, Australia, Geoffrey Rush made his debut in theater at the age of 20, and studied acting at a school of mime in Paris. He spent the first two decades of his career as a theater actor. Rush won an Academy Award for best actor…

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 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…

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…

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…