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Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff (1873 1943) was a Russian pianist, composer, and conductor of the late-Romantic period, some of whose works are among the most popular in the classical repertoire.
Born into a musical family, Rachmaninoff took up the piano at age four. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory. After the Russian Revolution, Rachmaninoff and his family left Russia and resided in the United States. Between 1918 and 1943, he completed six compositions, including Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Symphony No. 3, and Symphonic Dances.
Early influences of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Balakirev, Mussorgsky, and other Russian composers. The piano is featured prominently in Rachmaninoff's compositional output, and through his own skills as a performer he explored the expressive possibilities of the instrument.