Stephen Heller was born in Pesth, Hungary, May 15, 1815.
At an early age he played in public, and at thirteen went to Vienna to receive lessons from Anton Halm.
In 1827 and the following years he gave concerts throughout Hungary and Germany.
In 1858 he went to reside in Paris. His compositions for the pianoforte are distinguished by originality of thought and treatment, elevation of style, and poetic refinement.
Heller’s published works number about 150, including many admirable arrangements for the piano of the songs of Schubert, Mendelssohn, and other composers.
He died in Paris, January 14, 1888.