Benjamin Britten was a British composer, conductor, and pianist born in Lowestoft, Suffolk in 1913. He began composing as a child and later studied with Frank Bridge and John Ireland. Britten's first notable composition was the choral variation A Boy was Born, written for the BBC Singers in 1934. He collaborated with the poet W. H. Auden in the 1930s, and met the tenor Peter Pears in 1936, with whom he had a long professional and personal relationship. Britten composed numerous operas, including Peter Grimes, which premiered in 1945. His work was influenced by his interest in Asian music, and he composed works such as The Prince of the Pagodas and Curlew River. Britten died in Aldeburgh in 1976.