German pianist and composer. Was born at Hamburg, and showed early much ability as a player, appearing in public at twelve and making concert tours before he was eighteen. His teacher at Hamburg was Schmitt, and he later studied composition with Karl Krebs. Visiting Leipsic at twenty years of age, he received some lessons from Mendelssohn, who inspired him to greater efforts in composition. The next year he went to Paris, and was well received by Chopin and Auber. He finally settled in Gratz, where he established a music store in 1858, continuing his professional activities beside. From 1872 to his death he lived in Vienna. His compositions number over one hundred works, including four piano sonatas; twelve songs without words for piano; fugues; fantasias; and various songs.