Strauss was born into a Catholic family near Vienna on 25 October 1825, to the composer Johann Strauss I. Despite music being rooted in his family, Johann Strauss II. musical career was not as straight forward as one might expect. His father did not want him to become a musician but rather a banker.
Nevertheless, Strauss Junior studied the violin secretly as a child and studied counterpoint and harmony which lead him to become the most iconic Viennese born composer and musician.