Johann Strauss, Sr.
(1804-1849), Austrian composerand dance orchestra director, known as "the Father of Waltz", largely self-taught as a musician, played violin in his father's salon, then joined dance orchestra. In 1924 he organized his own dance orchester, and in 1826 he began to compose waltzes and galops, quickly growing popularity. From 1833 to 1838, he led orchestra toured Budapest, Austria, Germany, Holland, Belgium etc. His work-"Radetzky-March", today still played at every Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert.