Bedrich Smetana was born in the Czech Republic. He was desperate to be a musician, but his father was not a fan of this idea. He started teaching the piano to a local family though, and with the money paid for himself to study! He taught piano for most of his early career, and also was the director of a theatre. He had 4 daughters of which 3 died tragically :( His most popular piece, and my favourite, 'Vltava', or Die Moldau in German, which is a famous Bohemian river in Czech Republic) from 'Ma Vlast'.
Have a listen and tell me what you think! Beautiful changing graphics on this video too!