Sergei Prokofiev was a Russian and Soviet composer. He began playing piano by age 5 and attempted composing his first opera at the age of 9. He wrote pieces for symphony orchestra, piano, ballets and operas. Prokofiev tried to pull away from previous styles of the romantic era, but at the same time was unhappy with the liberties some composers were taking with music. He spent some time in Paris and in New York, but composed most of his music in Russia, finding most of his inspiration there.