Carli Zoeller was a distinguished composer; born in Berlin; became a pupil of the Royal Academy of Berlin, studying violin under H. Ries, harmony with Garich and counterpoint with Grell. He toured Germany with opera companies and then settled in London, where in 1879 he became bandmaster of the Seventh Queen's Own Hussars. His compositions, among them The Missing Heir, a comic operetta; four overtures and other orchestral pieces; a string quartet; churchmusic, songs, a dramatic concerto for violin; The Rhine King's Daughter, a scene for soprano and orchestra, brought him recognition. In 1884 he was elected a member of the Royal Academy of St. Cecilia of Rome; honorary member of the Royal Institute of Florence in 1885; Fellow in the London Society of Sciences and Arts in 1886. Zoeller died in London in August, 1889.