Frederic Chopin, musician
Mar. 1, 1810-Oct. 17, 1849
Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt (Harcourt, 1993)
Chopin began playing the piano at four and performing at eight. This Polish composer is known as one of the "greatest pianists in history."
An online resource about Chopin are available here.