Sergei Prokofiev (Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev)

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Sontsovka, Bakhmut Uyezd, Yekaterinoslav Governorate, Russian Empire [now Krasne, Krasnoarmiisk Raion, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine]
Prokofiev was a multitalented man and an innovative composer. He learned piano from his mother and chess from his father. He always had a chess set on his piano, and was able to play against the chess champions of his time. He studied music with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, graduated with highest marks from the St. Petersburg Conservatory (1914), and was rewarded with a grand piano. He emigrated from Russia after the revolution, and made successful concert tours in Europe and the U.S. Read more...