FrÃ©dÃ©ric FranÃ§ois Chopin, born Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin, was a Polish and French (by citizenship and birth of father) composer and a virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era, who wrote primarily for the solo piano. He gained and has maintained renown worldwide as one of the leading musicians of his era, whose "poetic genius was based on a professional technique that was without equal in his generation." Most of Chopin's compositions are for solo piano, though he also wrote two piano concertos, a few chamber pieces, and some songs to Polish lyrics. His keyboard style is highly individual and often technically demanding; his own performances were noted for their nuance and sensitivity. His innovations in style, musical form, and harmony, and his association of music with nationalism, were influential throughout and after the late Romantic period.