Born: June 18, 1757, Ruppersthal, Austria.
Died: November 14, 1831, Paris, France.
Buried: Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France.
Pleyel was the twenty-fourth child of a village schoolmaster.
Around 1776, he became Kapellmeister to Count Ladislaus Erdödy.
He traveled in Italy in the early 1780’s, and wrote the opera Ifigenia in Aulide, which opened in Naples in 1785.
Four years later, he became Kapellmeister in the cathedral in Strassburg.
In the early 1790’s, Pleyel was conducting concert series in London.
By 1795, he was in France, where he founded the music publisher Maison Pleyel.
In 1807, he opened a piano company.
He wrote about 45 symphonies in his lifetime, and numerous other works.