Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) is considered one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century and was also an accomplished pianist and conductor. He attended the St. Petersburg Conservatory from 1904 to 1914, before travelling extensively in the early years of his career. His works were considered modern and innovative and as he gained wide notoriety, his music was both reviled and triumphed by the musical press of the time. He returned to his homeland in 1934 and settled in Moscow, where he composed prolifically until his death. Among Prokofiev’s best known works are the ballet scores: Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, and Prodigal Son; the opera The Love for Three Oranges; the children’s classic Peter and the Wolf; the film score and cantata for Alexander Nevsky; and the Classical Symphony.