Niels Wilhelm Gade(1817-1890), Danish composer, conductor, violinist, organist and teacher. He is considered the most important Danish musician of his days. He began his career as a violinist with Royal Danish Orchestra. He went to Germany and met Mendelssohn, became his assistant conductor, later succeeded Mendelssohn as conductor of Leipzig Orchestra. In 1849 he returned to Copenhagen, became the director of the Copenhagen Musical Society and taught at the Copenhagen Conservatory. He composed 8 symphonies, other orchestral music.