Stephen Heller (15 May 1813, Pest, (now Budapest, Hungary) – 14 January 1888, Paris, France) was a Hungarian composer and pianist whose career spanned the period from Schumann to Bizet, and was an influence for later Romantic composers. Heller had been destined for a legal career, but instead decided to devote his life to music. At the age of nine he performed Dussek's concerto for two pianos with his teacher, F. Brauer, at the Budapest theater. He played so well that he was sent to study in Vienna, Austria, under Carl Czerny. Unable to afford an expensive fee by Czerny, Anton Halm became his principal master. After a success in the first public concert in Vienna at the age of 15, his father undertook a concert tour through Hungary, Poland and Germany.