I came across a picture of Beethoven at age 13. It’s the earliest known image of him and I attempted to paint him. The music behind him is his piano sonata Op.14, No.2, which I studied and enjoy playing.
Beethoven was born in 1770 in Bonn-on-Rhine. His musical education began at age four, taught by his father. At eight he played the violin well; at eleven he played Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. His career is well known. There’s a great app available of his magnificent Ninth Symphony, with four versions of it each with a different conductor. You can scroll and see the different instrument parts playing. It’s very cool. 20,000 people attended his funeral and I would have been one of them. I’m a fan!