ALKAN Charles Valentin (A-27)

30/11/1813, Paris, France – 29/03/1888, same place

French-Jewish composer and virtuoso pianist. At the height of his fame in the 1830s and 1840s he was, alongside his friends and colleagues Frederic Chopin and Franz Liszt, among the leading pianists in Paris, a city in which he spent virtually his entire life. He was a child prodigy and entered Conservatoire de Paris at six. During his lifetime he composed a lot - but only for piano. Many of his opuses are considered among masterpieces for keyboard and are of great musical and technical complexity. 

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