Polish composer, Frédéric Chopin, grew only one sideburn - on the right side of his face. Chopin's reason for only growing the right sideburn was because he only showed the audience his right profile. Born to a middle-class family in Zelazowa Wola, Poland in 1810, Chopin was considered a child prodigy, and published his first composition when he was seven. His father's work as a tutor for aristocratic families in Warsaw exposed young Chopin to high-society, which would later be a part of his career as a composer, performer, and piano instructor.
More about Chopin:
- Chopin is well-known for his relationship with French novelist George Sand (pseudonym for Aurore Dedevant). Their relationship has been portrayed in films such as Impromptu, La note bleue, and A Song to Remember.
- Prior to his death in 1849 at the age of 38, Chopin toured the British Isles in 1848 performing at numerous concerts and receptions.
- The Warsaw Chopin Society organizes an International Chopin Piano Competition every five years.