Hermann Zilcher was a German composer and conductor. Zilcher began learning piano from his father, Paul Zilcher, and moved to further musical studies with Iwan Knorr and James Kwast at Hoch Conservatory, where he later taught piano from 1905-1908. Later he taught at Munich's Akademie der Tonkunst. In 1933 Zilcher joined the NSDAP and also the Militant League for German Culture. He also became a member of the National Socialist Motor Corps.