Skilled as an organist, a harpsichordist, pianist, fortepianist, pedal harpsichordist, and conductor.
He learned to read music before he learned to read words. He couldn't start taking organ lessons until his feet were long enough to reach the pedals, much to his disappointment.
His mother was an amateur pianist and professional dancer, while his father was a lawyer.
He became enamored with the works of Johann Sebastian Bach after hearing the fifth Brandenburg Concerto when he was five.