Chopin officially began piano lessons at the age of seven with Wojciech Żywny and this lasted for five years but ended thereafter with the realization that Chopin surpassed his teacher's own abilities. At the age of thirteen, he enrolled in the Warsaw Lyceum where his composition teacher, Josez Elsner, called him a piano genius. It was at this time that Chopin had an opportunity to socialize and interact with the country folk and examine their customs and traditions with his friends Dominik Dziewanowski and Julian Fontana. He was later accepted to the Warsaw Conservatory of Music, where his father taught as a professor and was instructed by Wilhelm Würfel, who was a renowned pianist and scholar. During this crucial time in his life, Chopin published... [continues]
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