Cécile Louise Stéphanie Chaminade was a prominent French composer and pianist born on August 8, 1857, in Paris, France. She displayed exceptional musical talent from a young age, and her family recognized her potential early on. At the age of eight, Chaminade began her formal musical education at the Paris Conservatoire, where she studied piano with Félix Le Couppey and composition with Benjamin Godard. Chaminade's talent quickly gained recognition, and by her teenage years, she was already performing her compositions in public. Her early works, including piano pieces and songs, showcased her remarkable melodic gift and garnered widespread acclaim. In 1877, at the age of twenty, she made her debut as a composer with the performance of her Trio in A minor at the Société Nationale de Musique.