Alexander N. Scriabin(1872-1915), Russian composer and pianist, his first music lesson was given by aunt, then entered Moscow Conservatory studying composition and piano. Upon graduating in 1892 he won 2nd prize in composition(1st prize was Rachmaninov). He launched a successful concert career, notably a performer of his own music and that of Chopin. From 1898 he taught at the Moscow Conservatory. He composed 3 symphonies, symphonic poems, piano concertos, and various piano pieces-preludes, etudes, mazurkas, waltzes, nocturnes, fantasies.