Frederic Chopin was born in Poland but lived most of his life in Paris and is one of the best-known and best loved composers of the Romantic period. Chopin’s entire musical output was devoted to his favorite instrument the piano with over 200 solo compositions.
Frederic Chopin: portrait at age 25 by Maria Wodzinska. Frederic Chopin (1810-1849) was born in Poland and settled in France. He was a very skilled pianist, and composed some exquisite music for that instrument. His piano pieces include Preludes, Etudes, Waltzes, Impromptus, Ballades, Nocturnes and Scherzos, as well as Mazurkas and Polonaises based on Polish dance forms.