Born in New York in 1926. Morton Feldman began taking piano lessons at the age of twelve. From 1941 he studied composition with Wallingford Riegger, and later with Stefan Wolpe. An encounter with John Cage in 1950 had a lasting impact on Feldman. His entirely new musical aesthetic was influenced by his New York circle of friends, which was made of painters (Philip Guston, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns) and musicians (John Cage, Christian Wolff, Earle Brown, David Tudor). Morton Feldman died in 1987 in Buffalo/New York.