Born at Brünn, Moravia. Studied under Albrechtsberger at Vienna. He visited Rome with the Duke of Serbelloni, and later became chamber musician at Munich. In 1794 he went to Copenhagen, where he taught for four years, then going to Berlin, where he was engaged at court as teacher. He also had many private pupils, among them Meyerbeer. He was a brilliant pianist and composer; among his works are sonatas for piano and strings; quartets for men's voices; and songs. He also published a practical method for piano. He died in Berlin.