I have liked classical music since my childhood. In fact, that is the only musical genre that I have always liked. I have had periods with other genres, and I have liked then disliked (or the reverse) about all kinds of music. But none has ever surpassed, or even approached, classical music in my heart.

Yet, with the hindsight I noticed an evolution in my tastes amongst classical composers. As a child, and until about 16 years old, I liked mostly Mozart, Beethoven, and Tchaikovski, with also some Vivaldi, Bach, Telleman Haydn or other "easy listening". I opened up to the Romantic and modern period between 17 and 20 years old, with Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schuman, Liszt, Brahms, Wagner, R. Strauss, Bruckner, Mahler, Bruch, Berlioz, Dvorak, Elgar, Rachmnaninov, Shostakovitch, etc.

Richard Strauss, Schuman and Liszt quickly became my favourite among them.

Nowadays, I find myself to appreciate less and less Beethoven (too angry). I also care less about R. Strauss and Liszt. My favourites have become Brahms and Wagner on top, just before Schuman.