Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist who profoundly influenced music in the romantic era. He is one of the most beloved composers of piano music ever. His works are favorites of audiences and critics, and pianists beginner through professional level.
Vladimir Horowitz: Introduction and Rondo by Chopin:
He was born in Warsaw, and in 1831 moved to Paris, where he lived the rest of his life, except for travels. He never married, but had a long-term, often troubled relationship with the writer George Sand.
Lang Lang: Scherzo No. 2, Op. 31 by Chopin:
He was a renowned performer and a sought-after teacher. He maintained friendships with some of the top musicians of his day, including Franz Liszt and Robert Schumann.
Yundi Li: “Fantasie” Impromptu Op. 66 by Chopin:
Sickly for most of his life, he passed away at age 39.
Valentina Lisitsa: Etude Op. 10 No. 12 (Revolutionary) by Chopin:
His output, mostly for solo piano, was prodigious: 4 ballades, 27 études, 4 impromptus, 59 mazurkas, 22 nocturnes, 16 polonaises, 28 preludes, 4 rondos, 4 scherzos, 3 sonatas, 9 variations, 19 waltzes, 2 concertos, 19 songs, and many miscellaneous pieces.
Umi Garrett: Grande Valse Brilliante Op. 18 No. 1 by Chopin: