My name is Kilian and I'm new here. Classical music has almost always been around in my life. I remember falling in love with Mozart by (I think) the age of 9 (I'm 23 now). I can't remember the exact piece(s) though, considering we had a whole box of CD's by a bunch of composers which included a lot of work by Mozart (and unfortunately we don't have the CD's anymore), but I do remember it was a eyeopening experience. It was nothing like I've heard before. I fell in love with the beautiful violin melodies and even considered going to take violin lessons (but I didn't).
At the time we also had a piano at home (not a wing) and my sister took lessons. I think she practised a simple version of Pachabel's Canon in D a lot, but I'm not sure (it was something classical though). I remember being amazed by the sound of the piano and loved it and started to play on it, out of pure curiousity. This held on until I was about 21, by then the piano was removed out of the house (because no one could really play, I was just fooling around most of the time) . It was nice, experiencing the magical sound of piano. I wasn't really good, but I loved doing it and I think my love for piano is at the base of the same love for classical music.
But the real eye-opener to listen to more classical music was Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange. It's such a fantastic film about a vandalist who happens to love Beethoven (and the 9th' in particular). After I saw the movie I really got into Beethoven. That was about two years ago. Since then I've listened from time to time, discovering great composers such as Rachmaninov (loved this one, Shostakovich (heard his fifth and was blown away), Dvorak (actually started with his 9th and then moved to Rach and Shosta), and recently I've started listening to Grieg and Haydn (only a little).
Even though I've listened a lot to classical already, I still consider myself as a beginner. The most beautiful thing about classical music is perhaps that I don't fully understand it, but something inside me says I have to embrace it, unravel it. I want to learn more about it, that's why I'm here. (I actually came here googlin' for the diffrerent stage of a classical listener, lolz).
Sorry for the long post!