- Profession: Conductor, pianist
- Relation to Mahler: Assistent in Hamburg since Year 1892.
- Correspondence with Mahler:
- Born: 09-03-1862 Troppau (nowadays Opava), Oberring 416, Czech Republic.
- Marriage: Sofia Maria Franziska Janauschek
- Children: Wolfgang, Dolores, Edit.
- Died: 17-10-1925 Charlottenburg, Germany.
- Buried: 00-00-0000
was Gustav Mahler first assistent in Hamburg.
Erben was also a student of Julius Epstein (1832-1926).
After his studies in Vienna he was conductor in Frankfurt.
Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)'s Te Deum was premiered in the Kleiner Musikvereinssaal in Vienna on 02-05-1885, with soloists Frau Ulrich-Linde, Emilie Zips, Richard Exleben, and Heinrich Gassner, with the choir of the Wiener Akademischer Richard Wagner Verein, and Robert Josef Erben (1862-1925) and Joseph Schalk substituting for the orchestra on two pianos. Hans Richter conducted the first performance with full orchestra on 10-01-1886 in the Großer Musikvereinssaal of Vienna.
27-11-1885: Composition fugue by Robert Josef Erben (1862-1925).
His name was Robert and not Franz, as given by Henry-Louis de La Grange (1924-2017) (I, p. 403).