Romantic Era: Thomas Ambroise
In his early youth, Thomas Ambroise (1811 -1896) already got instruction on piano and violin by his parents, they both were music teachers. He studied piano and composition at the Conservatoire in Paris.
Ambroise enjoyed his greatest successes in the Opera Comique, a theatre which was quite popular with the 19th century Parisian bourgeoisie. His opera’s Mignon and Hamlet established his name outside this genre. Later he became a pedagogue of music and the director of the Paris Conservatoire.