Peter Tchaikovsky was the first Russian composer that was known worldwide. His music was melancholy, spirited and lively. He was born into a music-loving family. He began taking piano lessons when he was 4 and continued playing until he was 10. While Peter's musical talent pleased his family, his parents did not see a musical career for him. So unlike any other famous composer, Peter grew up without seriously studying music. In 1891, Peter took part in the opening of Carnegie Hall in New York, where he conducted a concert. He was famous for a ballet called "The Nutcracker". One of his famous pieces of music from this ballet is "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy." Tchaikovsky was a composer of the Romantic time period and he was from Russia.