I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. — Og Mandino

po_Beriot-Charles1Charles Auguste de Bériot (February 20, 1802 – April 8, 1870) was a Belgian violinist and composer.

Bériot lived together with the opera singer Maria Malibran and had a child with her in 1833 (Charles-Wilfrid de Bériot, a piano professor who taught Maurice Ravel, Ricardo Viñes, Enrique Granados and others). They were married in 1836 when Malibran obtained an annulment of her previous marriage. Felix Mendelssohn wrote an aria accompanied by a solo violin especially for the couple. However, Malibran died the same year from injuries sustained in a fall from a horse.

On account of failing eyesight he retired in 1852, and in 1858 became totally blind. Paralysis of the left arm ended his career in 1866.