Christian Sinding was born in Kongsberg, Norway, on January 11, 1856. His first music lessons were from Lindeman in Norway. Sinding then went to Leipzig, Germany, where he studied theory, orchestration and violin at the conservatory. Returning to Norway in 1881, Sinding had one of his works performed in Oslo. This performance earned him a gratuity, which paid for his further education in Munich, Berlin, and Dresden. In 1915, the Norwegian government granted him a pension of 4,000 crowns, and in 1916, he was given a further gift of 30,000 crowns, for his contribution to Norwegian nationalism. He taught at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester New York for the 1921-22 season, then returned to Oslo. Sinding died in Oslo on December 3, 1941. Although celebrated by Norwegians as a great national composer, his music shows the Germanic influence of Schumann and Liszt.