Niccolò Paganini (1782 – 1840) was an Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer. He was one of the most celebrated violin virtuosi of his time, and left his mark as one of the pillars of modern violin technique. His Caprice No. 24 in A minor, Op. 1, is among the best known of his compositions, and has served as an inspiration for many prominent composers.
"What have I got? No looks, no money, no education. Just talent." — Sammy Davis, Jr. // He was an amazing singer, musician (trumpet, drums, guitar, tall bass violin, sax, piano and many other instruments), actor, tap dancer, comedian, and impersonator. What couldn't he do?
Anna Akhmatova with her husband Nikolay Gumilev and son, Lev Gumilev, 1913 Anna Akhmatova (June 23 [O.S. June 11] 1889 — March 5, 1966) was the pen name of Anna Andreevna Gorenko, a Russian poet credited with a large influence on Russian poetry. Akhmatova's work ranges from short lyric poems to universalized, ingeniously structured cycles, such as Requiem(1935-40), her tragic masterpiece about the Stalinist terror.