(b Boldogasszonyfalva [now Frauenkirchen, Austria], 4 Sept. 1814; d Pest, 31 Oct. 1870). Hungarian composer. He studied at the teachers' training college in Pozsony (now Bratislava, Slovakia) in the early 1830s, taking private lessons from the composer, pianist, and conductor Károly Turányi and teaching himself with Reicha's theoretical publications and Hummel's piano exercises. In 1835 he became music master in the household of Count Péter Pejachevich in the village of Rétfalu (now Osijek, Croatia), where he continued his autodidactic activities. In 1842 he set himself up in Pest as a teacher of piano and composition.
From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.