In April 1891, Sergei Prokofiev was born in the farming village of Sontsovka, Ukraine, formerly part of the Russian Empire. During his lifetime, he became recognized as one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century.
His father Sergei Alekseevich Prokofiev was an agricultural engineer, and his mother, Maria Grigoryevna, was a well-educated woman with a keen musical sense and piano skills to match. She was to be the most important influence in young Sergei's musical development. Recognizing her son's prodigious musical talent and her limitations as a music teacher, Maria Grigoryevna decided her son needed better instruction and arranged for composer Reinhold Glière to teach her son during the summers of 1902 and 1903.