Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was a German composer. He was a skilled player of the piano, organ, harpsichord, violin and viola, as well as a teacher of many notable figures. He is seen as epitomising the Baroque style which had been dominant for some time, and his pieces are admired for their technical brilliance as much as their beauty. Bach's musical career began at the age of fourteen, when he was awareded a prestigious choral scholarship. He was so dedicated to his vocation that he once completed an 800 mile round trip - on foot - to stay with the famous organist Dietrich Buxtehude. A paid position at the Weimar court from 1708 allowed his work to flourish. He went on to accept Director of Music posts around the country, until he died aged 65.