Chamber Music by Candlelight
Dohnányi was born in what is now Bratislava, Slovakia. He first studied music with his father, a professor of mathematics and an amateur cellist; and then, when he was eight years old, he studied with Carl Forstner, an organist at the local cathedral. When he was 17, he moved to Budapest and enrolled in the Royal National Hungarian Academy of Music to study piano with István Thomán and composition with Hans von Koessler. Dohnányi's first published composition, Piano Quintet in C Minor, earned the approval of Johannes Brahms, who promoted the work in Vienna.