Niccolò Paganini was the most celebrated violin virtuoso of his time. His talents as a composer and performer astounded audiences across Europe in the early 1800's. The near satanic qualties of his performances started rumours that he had sold his soul to the devil in return for other worldly musical talents. His music challenged and style challenged the conventions of the day and inspired many of the most prominent composers of the time.
In Part 1 of the this two-part series on Paganini, hosts Paul van Geldrop and Steve Moretti explore his early life, his first compositions and his musical influences.