Israeli composer and ethnomusicologist Andre Hajdu was born in Valea lui Mihai, Bihor, Hungary on 5 March 1932, studying in Budapest at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. His teachers included Zoltán Kodály for ethnomusicology, and he spent two years researching Gypsy musical culture, publishing several articles.
Escaping to Paris after the Hungarian Revolution, he studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Darius Milhaud for composition and Olivier Messiaen for philosophy of music.
He moved to Jerusalem in 1966 and taught first at the Tel Aviv Music Academy and then at Bar-Ilan University, where he chaired the music department and founded a composition department.
His output included orchestral, chamber, piano, vocal and choral music. He died in Tel Aviv on 1 August 2016, aged eighty-four.