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Felix Mendelssohn

Born in Hamburg, Germany 3 February 1809, Felix Mendelssohn was part of a privileged family. With an art-loving father, a mother who read Plato, a grandfather known as a philosopher and a sister who composed music, the household was a meeting place for wit and culture allowing Felix to develop his talent. Encouraged by those around him, his first public performance as a pianist at the age of 9 and first masterpiece, an overture to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 17, were just the beginning. Mendelssohn dedicated his young life promoting classical traditions of music. The revival of Bach can be attributed to Felix Mendelssohn.