Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz was a genuine child prodigy. His sister Clementina began giving him piano lessons when he was three and a half, and by five he had made his debut at the Teatro Romea in Barcelona (pictured right). Studying privately in Paris, he was rejected age seven at the entrance exam for the Paris Conservatoire, either for being too immature or (more fancifully) for breaking a mirror playing ball.

Isaac Albeniz

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