Frederic Chopin Born March 1, 1810, Zelazowa Wola, Poland
Died October 17, 1849, Paris, France
Bio The Polish composer Frederic Chopin was considered one of the masters of the Romantic era. He spent most of his life as a virtuoso pianist, composer and piano teacher. The great majority of his compositions were for solo piano, including many etudes, preludes, ballades, scherzos, sonatas, mazurkas, nocturnes, waltzes, impromptus and polonaises. Chopin also composed two piano concertos, several songs set to Polish text, a piano trio and a cello sonata. He was only thirty-nine when he died, possibly due to tuberculosis or cystic fibrosis.