Alexander Scriabin was born in Moscow on January 2, 1872. His talents emerged at a young age, under the watch of his aunt and grandmother. Formal training was provided by Sverev and George Conus, although Anton Rubinstein declined to instruct him. After several years in military school, he enrolled in the Moscow Conservatory. Scriabin left the Conservatory without a diploma and proceeded to tour Europe. Around this time his compositions began to see publication. In 1898, he became a professor at the Moscow Conservatory, where he remained until 1903. He toured the U.S. during 1906 and moved to Paris in 1907. He gave his final performance in Petrograd and died two weeks later on April 27, 1915 due to an infected abcess on his lip. Scriabin's concert activity was devoted almost entirely to performances of his own piano music, which has now become part of the standard repertoire.