George Enescu

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Birthday
19, 1881
Birthplace
Romania
Death Date
May 4, 1955 (73)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
19, 1881
Birthplace
Romania
Death Date
May 4, 1955 (73)

About

Considered one of the most significant classical composers of the twentieth century, he is remembered for his Romanian Rhapsody No. 1; Violin Sonata No. 3 in A minor; Symphony No. 1 in E-flat major; and numerous other orchestral, chamber, vocal music, and piano works.

Before Fame

He began attending the Vienna Conservatory when he was only seven years old. The youngest student ever to train at the prestigious institution, he completed his studies with composers Robert Fuchs and Sigismund Bachrich and then enrolled at the Paris Conservatory.

Trivia

In the early 1900s, he composed his sole opera, Oedipe (a musical retelling of the Greek tragedy).

Family Life

He was born in Liveni, Romania.

Associated With

A notable violin instructor as well as a composer, Enescu taught the American-born virtuoso Yehudi Menuhin, among other high-profile pupils.