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Sergei Rachmaninoff

Born in Nizhni Novgorod, Russia, in 1873, Sergei Rachmaninoff was a brilliant pianist, composer and conductor. At age nine he entered the College of Music in St. Petersburg. In 1885 he was sent to the Moscow Conservatory and in 1892, at the age of nineteen, he graduated with high honors, winning a gold medal for his one-act opera Aleko. Rachmaninoff's fame and popularity, both as a composer and concert pianist, were launched by his Prelude in C Sharp Minor (1892).