Mily Balakirev (1837-1910), Russian composer, he studied music from his mother and some private teachers(German). He entered the University of Kazan to study mathematics, but he taught piano and working as a accompanist, he met Glinka in 1855. During 1860's the critic Vladimir Stasov boasted of Russia's "moguchaya kuchka"(The Mighty Five)-they are Balakirev, Cui, Mussorgsky, Borodin and Rimsky-Korsakov, Balakirev as the leader. Balakirev's impact on Russian orchestral and vocal music rivals Glinka's; a generation of composers, most especially Borodin and Rimsky-Korsakov, came under his inflence. He composed operas, symphonies, songs and piano works.