(b Vienna, 13 June 1765; d Vienna, 1807). Austrian composer and pianist. He showed conspicuous musical ability as a child. Mozart may have taught him in the 1780s, and some of Eberl's early compositions were published under Mozart's name. Eberl's first opera, Die Marchande des Modes (1787, lost), was praised by Gluck. Apart from two stays in St Petersburg (1796–1800, 1801–2) and concert tours in Germany, he worked in Vienna, where he was seen as a serious rival to Beethoven, as both pianist and composer. His surviving opera Die Königin der schwarzen Inseln (1801), his chamber works, piano works, and two mature symphonies contain music of striking quality and individuality, belied by his current neglect.
From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.