Person Born 25/3/1881 Died 26/9/1945
Composer and pianist. Born Béla Viktor János Bartók in Nagyszentmiklós in the Kingdom of Hungary (now Romania). He was greatly influenced by Zoltán Kodály and they travelled together, collecting folk melodies. He performed in London in 1922 at the request of composer Peter Warlock. At the outbreak of World War II, he reluctantly emigrated to the United States. His most famous composition is probably the opera 'Duke Bluebeard's Castle'. A statue of him was erected outside South Kensington underground station in 2004, but was removed in 2009 during road works. Died in New York City.