A German pianist and composer, whose professional life was spent in the United States. He was born at Vienna, and came to America at the age of fourteen, after studying with Fischoff, Karl Czerny, Rufinatscha, and Wilhelm Meyerhofer. He made his debut as a pianist in New York, in 1851, and as solo-pianist and as conductor toured throughout this country. He held the position of organist in various New York churches. Brandeis was the author of much vocal music, both sacred and secular. He also wrote a great many compositions for the piano, and orchestral and other music.