Waldteufel, Emile



German pianist, composer and conductor. He was born at Strasburg, and studied under Joseph Heyberger, later was a pupil of Marmontel and Laurent at the Paris Conservatory. In 1865 he was made pianist to the Empress Eugenie. The court balls of Napoleon III. were organized by him, also the soirees at Biarritz and Compiegne. In the war of 1870 he saw active service. In 1885 he conducted his works in London, and 1889 in Berlin. Waldteufel has written pieces for the piano; melodies for piano and voice; and is the author of a great deal of dance-music.