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Edvard Grieg

Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg was born into a well-to-do family in Bergen, Norway on June 15, 1843. He was started on piano at age six by his mother, an accomplished pianist much in demand in Bergen musical life. His home was filled with music and musicians from early childhood as his parents hosted many musical evenings for the cultural and musical elite of Bergen. At the urging of famed Norwegian violinist Ole Bull, Grieg was sent off to the Leipzig Conservatory at age 15. He eventually came to study piano under E.