Leading composer of the Romantic era. His repertoire is still used today. He was known for bringing Norwegian folk music to the world.
He was enrolled in the Leipzig Conservatory after family friend and violinist Ole Bull saw his talent and urged his parents to move him forward with his training.
He had many physical ailments as a result of suffering through lung disease, pleurisy, and tuberculosis during the spring of 1860.
His father Alexander worked as a merchant and vice consul in Bergen. His mother Gesine Judithe Hagerup was a music teacher and politician Edvard Hagerup's daughter.
He had many admirers, including Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.