Ernst Pauer was born in Vienna, Austra, December 21, 1826
He studied there under Theodore Dirzka, W. A. Mozart, Jr., and Sechter, and at Munich with Franz Lachner.
In 1847 he was made director of the musical societies in Mainz. He played the pianoforte in London in 1851, and a year or two later made him home here, still keeping up his connections with the Continent.
In 1859 he became professor at the Royal Academy of Music; in 1866 was made pianist to the Austrian Court; the next year was appointed principal professor at the National Training School, and in 1883 accepted a professorship in the Royal College of Music, which he held till 1896. In 1879 he was appointed musical examiner at Cambridge University.
From 1870 Pauer lectured in many places on the history of music, etc.
He also edited valuable editions of classical composers, and published writings of his own.
His compositions include operas, a symphonies, quartets, quintets, pianoforte solos, and songs.