Hans Koessler

Hans Koessler

German composer and music educator
Date of Birth: 01.01.1853
Country: Germany

Biography of Hans Koessler

Hans Koessler was a German composer and music educator. He was also the cousin of Max Reger. He studied organ with Joseph Rheinberger and choral conducting with Franz Wüllner. Koessler taught choral singing at the Dresden Conservatory and later became a professor of organ and choir at the National Academy of Music in Budapest. Some of his notable students included Zoltán Kodály, Béla Bartók, Imre Kálmán, Ernst von Dohnányi, and Tibor Serly.

In 1908, Koessler retired and returned to Germany. He left behind a significant body of compositions, including an opera, two symphonies, a violin concerto, and various choral works, such as psalms. He also composed several chamber ensembles, with notable examples being his Second String Quartet and Suite for Piano, Violin, and Viola.