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Frederic Francois Chopin one of the greatest composers of all time was born in Zelazowa Wola near Warsaw on February 22 1810 His father was a Frenchman who had lived in Poland for many years and his mother was Polish and of noble birth He loved to play music even as a small child Before he even knew how to write down his ideas he started to compose music He took piano lessons when he was 6 years old from a Czech teacher named Wojceich Zywny who used to base his teaching on Bach and Mozart When he was 7 his first composition the Pollonaise in B flat major was written down by his father as well as some other dances marches and variations now lost At the age of 8 he performed at a public charity concert During his early years in Warsaw he loved to hear the premier artists of the time perform His first published work a rondo appeared when he was only 15 years old He graduated from the lyceum at age 17 and he was recognized as the leading pianist of Warsaw and a very talented composer After Chopin gave two successful concerts in Vienna when he was 19 he began writing works designed for his original piano style In 1822 he finishes his studies with Zywny and begins private composition lessons with Josef Elsner He enters classes at the Warsaw Lyceum the next year to further study classical literature singing drawing music theory and harmony By the late 1820s he had already won the reputation as a piano virtuoso and composer He toured throughout Europe to the acclaim of audiences and critics alike He made his first visit to Vienna in 1829 where he played concerts and received critical
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