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Charles Auguste de Bériot, a Belgian virtuoso born in 1802, was orphaned at nine, finding guidance in violin under Jean-François Tiby. His Parisian sojourn from 1821 shaped him under Baillot and Viotti's influence. Engaged by European courts, he was named violinist to Charles X and William I. Parallel to Paganini, his style garnered comparison, while his union with opera star Maria Malibran birthed a musical legacy. Retiring due to vision loss, he established the Franco-Belgian violin school and composed ten concertos, notably the beloved No. 9 in A minor Op. 104. His pedagogical works remain invaluable, fostering the Romantic era's violin proficiency.