Borodin was born in Saint Petersburg as an illegitimate son of a year-old Georgian nobleman, Luka Stepanovich Gedevanishvili, and a married year-old Russian woman, Evdokia Konstantinovna Antonova. Due to the circumstances of Alexander's birth, the nobleman had him registered as the son of one of his Russian serfs, Porfiry Borodin, hence the composer's Russian last name.
Find Alexander Borodin composition information on AllMusic. Borodin was a late Romantic Russian nationalist composer involved with the so-called "Mighty Handful" and who spent many years laboring on his compositions.
Alexander Porfireyevich Borodin was the illegitimate son of a prince and his mistress, educated at home in St Petersburg by his mother. Although music was an early passion, he discovered his avocation once he matriculated at the city's Medical- Surgical Academy.