Alexander Scriabin was a Russian composer and pianist, best known for his unique, atonal music system which he used during the later stages of his career. He was also influenced largely by synaesthesia and the representation of in colour in music and known for his association with theology and many of his later works are composed with idea of starting apocalyptic activity. Although he was a highly respected composer during his lifetime, his music was neglected quite shortly after his death. It is only in recent years that Scriabin has gained considerable reputation for his work.
Scriabin was born in Moscow in 1872 to an aristocratic family. His father was a lawyer and his mother was an accomplished pianist however she fell ill and died when Scriabin was only one year old. He studied piano from a very young age and was regarded as a prodigy in his youth. He developed a fascination with pianos and it is said that he even began to build them. He enrolled in the Moscow Cadet School in 1882 and studied piano with N.S. Zverev, with whom Rachmaninov also studied.
In 1888, he entered the Moscow Conservatory. Here, he studied performance with Vasily Safonov and composition with Sergei Taneyer and Anton Arensky. During his student years, he gained a reputation as an accomplished pianist and wrote his Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, possibly his most successful work to date. Scriabin wrote many other compositions during his time at the Conservatory and a lot of these were circulated thanks to publisher Belayer, who would sponsor Scriabin’s later European tour.