He had piano and composition lessons early, and on his travels met many prominent composers and artists of the day. By the age of fourteen he had a private orchestra which he composed string symphonies for.
As Roger Smith describes in this programme, Mendelssohn continued to travel and to be inspired by his experiences and the people he met throughout his short life. He worked tirelessly and he loved it.
Image: Portrait of Mendelssohn by Wilhelm Hensel, 1847