Felix Mendelssohn is another child prodigy who lived a short life. Born in 1809, he passed away in 1847 at the age of 38.
In that short time, he accomplished much with his life. As we know he composed many beautiful pieces. He also studied, travelled and performed throughout Europe, conducted, socialized with the elite, and performed concerts for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Aside from his music, one of his lasting legacies was founding the Leipzig Conservatory. Now known as Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Leipzig (The University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Leipzig), it was founded in 1843 and is one of the oldest music universities in Germany.
Mendelssohn was the music director of the Gewandhaus Orchestra when he founded the school, a position he held from 1835 until his death (with a one year interruption in 1843). The members of the orchestra were required to teach in the school. This practice remained in place until 1990. There have been many notable students and teachers at the conservatory over the years. Clara and Robert Schumann were both teachers there at one point during their careers.
I never cease to be amazed at the number of amazing things that can be accomplished during such a short life span. And always ponder what else could they have gone on to do?