One of the most profoundly original composers in history, Fredryk Chopin was not at all a traditional "Romantic" musician: in fact, most of his music defines a separate category all its own. Born in Zelazowa Wola, Poland, in 1810, Chopin first studied the piano at the Warsaw School of Music and was quite proficient on that instrument by his early teens. He played his first public concert at age 7, and was a published composer at 15. By the late 1820's, Chopin had won a great reputation as a piano virtuoso and composer of piano pieces. The wonderful fragility of Chopin's playing was matched by his persona; the tuberculosis that ravaged his health over the years made him frail, strangely enhancing his image as an artist. Chopin's output consists almost exclusively of piano music. His music is essentially lyrical and delicate, often featuring intricate melodies with a simple accompaniment.