Virkato Wakhmaninov (18xx-1974) was born to an average working family making matryoshka in the Caucausus mountains. His father wanted him to grow up to become a splendid man, so he gave him the name virkato (which means tomcat) and raised him to become a wrestling pro. He also took piano lessons from his mother, and his talent began to blossom.
Unfortunately, a fall in the market value of matryoshka led to his parents' financial downfall. In the end, even their… read more
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