Felix Mendelssohn was born in Hamburg, Germany, on February 3, 1809. He was born to Leah Salomon and Abraham Mendelssohn. They were wealthy and artistic. Mendelssohn had 2 older sisters and a younger brother. When he was young, Mendelssohn studied piano, violin, and music theory. His musical talent was clear. From 1826 to 1829, Mendelssohn studied at the Berlin University.
Mendelssohn was appointed Music Director of the town of Düsseldorf. Two years later, he was offered the conductor's and director's posts by Leipzig's Gewandhaus Orchestra.
On March 28, 1837, he married Cécile Jeanrenaud. Cécile Jeanrenaud and Mendelssohn had a happy marriage. They gave birth to 5 children.
In 1843, Mendelssohn founded and directed the Leipzig Conservatory. In addition to this post, he was named Music Director of the Music Section of the Academy of Arts in Berlin. In May of 1844, Mendelssohn arrived in London to conduct the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He returned to Germany in July of that year to conduct a music festival in Zweibrücken.
Mendelssohn suffered 2 strokes, and his last stroke killed him on November 4, 1847, in Leipzig, Germany, at age 38.
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