Ravel was born in 1875 in the town of Ciboure, in the south of France. He attended the Paris Conservatoire, from 1889 onwards, where he studied with Gabriel Fauré and other notable musicians. ccording to musicologist Barbara L. Kelly, he “was only teachable on his own terms”, which Fauré understood, but which was not acceptable to the faculty of the Conservatoire of the 1890s: he was expelled in 1895, but was readmitted in 1897.
Ravel’s early works were influenced by the music of Debussy and the Impressionist movement, though he did not think Impressionism was a suitable term for any music.
Some of Ravel’s most famous works include his piano concerto in G major, the ballet “Daphnis et Chloé,” and the orchestral piece “Boléro.” He died in 1937 at the age of 62.