Eugene Ketterer was born in Rouen, France, in 1831.
In early youth he was a student at the Paris conservatoire, where he received the second prize for solfege in 1847. From his graduation till his death he played continually at concerts, and always with success. He won wide repute for his fantasies and drawing room pieces, of which he wrote a large number, but only a few of which are now well known.
He died in Paris, December 18, 1870.