8 June 1956, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Influenced by his parents, both of whom were teachers, of law and poetry, Caine began playing piano at the age of seven. At 12, he began studying with the French pianist, and at the time Philadelphia resident, Bernard Peiffer. He was with Peiffer for four years, during which time he not only worked on his piano technique but was also persuaded to develop his composing skills. He was already listening to jazz and Peiffer introduced him to jazz theory. Among the musicians Caine listened to at this time were jazz players Herbie Hancock, Oscar Peterson and Cecil Taylor, and classicist Glenn Gould. Importantly, Peiffer also helped Caine find his own distinctive voice. Caine continued his studies at the University of Pennsylvania, coming under the tutelage of George Rochberg and George Crumb. Incorporated within his studies were tests that required him to identify a composition from anywhere in the past 400 years after...
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