Stravinsky is widely acknowledged as one of the most important and influential composers of 20th century music who sustained a strong relationship with dancer, choreographer and sometime musician, George Balanchine. Born in Russia he later emigrated and in 1946 became a US citizen. In addition to the recognition he received for his compositions, he was also an accomplished pianist and a conductor, often taking up the baton for the premieres of his works.
Stravinsky's compositional career was notable for its stylistic diversity. He first achieved international fame with three ballets commissioned by the Sergei Diaghilev and performed by Diaghilev's Ballets Russes (Russian Ballets): The Firebird (1910), Petrushka (1911/1947), and The Rite of Spring (1913).