Georges Bizet was a French composer and pianist, born on October 25, 1838, in Paris, France. He is best known for his operas, particularly his masterpiece, "Carmen," which has become one of the most performed and beloved operas of all time. Bizet came from a musical family, and his talent for music was evident from an early age. His father, Adolphe Bizet, was a singing teacher and composer, and his mother, Aimée Delsarte, was a talented pianist. Recognizing his son's potential, Adolphe gave Georges his first music lessons and nurtured his passion for the art.
Dmitri Shostakovich was a prominent Russian composer of the 20th century, known for his powerful and emotionally charged music. Born on September 25, 1906, in St. Petersburg (then known as Petrograd), Shostakovich displayed exceptional musical talent from a young age. Shostakovich's early life was marked by both personal and political challenges. He grew up in a tumultuous period in Russian history, witnessing the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the subsequent establishment of the Soviet Union. Despite the chaotic times, Shostakovich's passion for music flourished, and he entered the prestigious Petrograd Conservatory at the age of 13.