Ferdinand Hiller was born in Frankfort, Germany, October 24, 1811.
He was a conductor, pianist, and musical writer and critic, as well as a master in composition. He studied eagerly in his youth, was a pupil of Hofmann (violin), alys Schmitt (pianoforte), and Vollweiler (harmony and counterpoint), and at twelve began to compose. In 1825 he became a pupil of Hummel; from 1828 to 1835 he taught compositions at Choron’s School of Music, Paris; then, returning to Frankfort, he applied himself to composition. In 1850 he went to Cologne, and there he found the conservatory. The oratorio “Die Zerstorung Jerusalems”, his most famous work, appeared in 1840. He wrote operas, cantatas, and compositions in almost every other form. As lecturer and writer he made permanent contributions to musical literature.
He died in Cologne, May 10, 1885.