Born: 1 April 1873 in Semyonovo, Russia

Died: 28 March 1943, California, USA

Sergei Rachmaninov has become a staple in the classical repertoire, particularly for his famous Piano Concertos. Although he struggled with economic pressures and at times depression, he maintained a prosperous career as a concert pianist built a career in the United States after leaving Russia during the 1917 revolution.