Born: 8 December 1865, Finland.

Died: 20 September 1957, Ainola, Finland.

Jean Sibelius is widely recognised as Finland’s greatest composer and is best known for his set of seven symphonies and works such as Finlandia and Valse Triste. His works often lie between Classical tradition and Romantic ideas, which have led to many differing opinions from critics about his work. He is one of few composers who gained such acclaimed status during their lifetime.