Muzio Clementi

Born January 24, 1752

Died March 10, 1832

Born in Italy

Muzio Clementi began his music studies as a boy. It was quickly discovered that he had a great talent at both the organ and harpsichord. After moving to England to further his education, Clementi became acquainted with the newer keyboard instrument of the time, the piano. He decided to take advantage of the piano’s capabilities by pioneering its technical and expressive qualities in his performance, as well as in the music he wrote. Besides performing and composing, Clementi was also known as a teacher, conductor, music publisher, and piano manufacturer. Beethoven was one of his greatest admirers.