Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff was born in Russia, on the first of April of 1873 into a musical family, and began playing the piano at the age of four.
He spent many years living in New York City. Thinking of him as a neighbor, gives me a wonderful sensation, knowing that such an iconic human lived and created here.
Besides having composed great and timeless music, he is in the special league of individuals that were able to master composition, as well as musicianship. To me, there is special value in listening to a music piece, performed by the composer. That is indeed the intended performance style.
Rachmaninov died on the 28th of March of 1943.
This week I found an album with a selection of his compositions, featuring the composer at the piano.