Ferenc Erkel(1810-1893), Hungarian composer and conductor, studied at the Pozsony Gymnasium, made his debut as opera conductor, then conducted the new Hungarian National Theater, and German Theater. He founded Hungarian opera with "Batori Maria"(1840), followed by his two greatest successes - Hunyadi Laszlo(1844) and Bank Ban(1861). His statute was placed in front of the new Hungarian Opera House of Budapest in 1884.
He composed the national anthem of Hungary.
His works include stage works and operas.