Stephen Heller 15/5/1813 - 14/1/1888
Stephen Heller 15/5/1813 – 14/1/1888
This Sunday marks 130 years since Stephen Heller died. A prolific composer and well respected concert performer and teacher within his lifetime, Heller is now remembered mainly for his piano studies, which are popular to this day.
Born in Budapest in 1813, Heller quickly proved himself an adept pianist and went to study in Vienna under Carl Czerny. Unable to maintain Czerny’s fees Heller later became a student of Anton Halm, a somewhat lesser know teacher and composer. After a succesful first public concert in Vienna, Heller continued on to tour through Hungary, Poland and Germany before returning to Budapest.
At 25 Heller travelled to Paris. Here he became known to Berlioz, Chopin, Liszt, and other well-known composers of the era, and eventually distinguished himself both as a concer pianist and as a teacher. A testament to his teaching skills is most likely Isidor Philipp who later became head of the piano department at the Conservatoire de Paris.
Heller died in 1888 in Paris at the age of 75. By this point he had already outlived his own fame as a teacher and a performer and died in some obscurity, mainly now Heller lives on in his studies.
*Information taken from Wikipedia