Frederic Hymen Cowen (1852 -1935), was a British pianist, conductor and composer. Born in Jamaica but raised in England, he studied in Leipzig under Ignaz Moscheles and Carl Reinecke, then in Berlin under Julius Stern. From 1869 his works began to be performed in England: they included the then widely-performed Symphony No. 3 in C minor, the 'Scandinavian' (1880), an opera, Pauline,  numerous cantatas including The Rose Maiden, ballads, art songs and light music including the overture, The Butterfly's Ball (1901).

A highly successful conductor, he worked with the Philharmonic Society of London, the Liverpool Philharmonic Society and the Hallé Orchestra (where he succeeded Sir Charles Hallé).