Charles-Valentin Alkan

1813 - 1888

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Charles-Valentin Alkan (French: [ʃaʁl valɑ̃tɛ̃ alkɑ̃]; 30 November 1813 – 29 March 1888) was a French composer and virtuoso pianist. At the height of his fame in the 1830s and 1840s he was, alongside his friends and colleagues Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt, among the leading pianists in Paris, a city in which he spent virtually his entire life. Alkan earned many awards at the Conservatoire de Paris, which he entered before he was six. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles-Valentin Alkan has received more than 514,897 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia. Charles-Valentin Alkan is the 163rd most popular musician (up from 176th in 2019), the 978th most popular biography from France (up from 1,007th in 2019) and the 8th most popular French Musician.

Charles-Valentin Alkan was a French pianist and composer. He was most famous for his virtuosic skill at the piano, and for composing pieces that are among the most difficult in all of music.

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Among musicians, Charles-Valentin Alkan ranks 163 out of 3,175Before him are Jerry Lee Lewis, Giya Kancheli, Keith Jarrett, Alfred Cortot, Leslie Cheung, and Karl Thomas Mozart. After him are Joseph Joachim, Chick Corea, George Martin, José Feliciano, Giovanni Battista Viotti, and Brian Eno.

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Among people born in 1813, Charles-Valentin Alkan ranks 10Before him are David Livingstone, Claude Bernard, Ivar Aasen, Petar II Petrović-Njegoš, Georg Büchner, and Henry Bessemer. After him are John Snow, Franz Miklosich, Camilla Collett, Baron Alexander von Bach, Theophil Hansen, and Christian Heinrich Friedrich Peters. Among people deceased in 1888, Charles-Valentin Alkan ranks 10Before him are Rudolf Clausius, Carl Zeiss, John Stith Pemberton, Duke Maximilian Joseph in Bavaria, Louisa May Alcott, and Nikolay Przhevalsky. After him are Anton Mauve, François Achille Bazaine, Ascanio Sobrero, Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine, Theodor Storm, and Paul Langerhans.

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In France

Among people born in France, Charles-Valentin Alkan ranks 978 out of 6,770Before him are Sophie of France (1734), Claude Perrault (1613), Pierre Janet (1859), Gaston Maspero (1846), Juliette Récamier (1777), and Alain Touraine (1925). After him are Catherine of Valois (1401), Jules Renard (1864), Cardinal de Rohan (1734), Jean-Baptiste Dumas (1800), Henri Giraud (1879), and Daniel Cohn-Bendit (1945).

Among MUSICIANS In France

Among musicians born in France, Charles-Valentin Alkan ranks 8Before him are Richard Clayderman (1953), Paul Mauriat (1925), David Guetta (1967), Nadia Boulanger (1887), Thomas Bangalter (1), and Arnaut Daniel (1150). After him are Jean-Marie Leclair (1697), Stéphane Grappelli (1908), Émile Waldteufel (1837), Georges Prêtre (1924), Louis Vierne (1870), and Jacques Dutronc (1943).