Composer and conductor; born at Ansbach, Bavaria. Studied violin with Rovelli and composition under Gratz. In 1817 he began to play the violin in a theatre orchestra, where later he became assistant conductor. In 1823 he produced his first opera, Weber's Bild. About this time he made long trips through Denmark, Germany and Holland, acquiring great reputation as a violinist. In 1827 he became chanelmaster to Prince HohenzollernHechingen, and he continued to occupy this position until it was abolished in 1848. Then he conducted a theatre orchestra in Strasburg until 1852, when he went to Lowenburg, Silesia. He passed the remainder of his life between Dresden, Lowenburg and Baden-Baden, where he died. His writings number about thirty-three compositions and include a concertino for violin and orchestra; concerto militaire for violin and orchestra; a mass; two symphonies; a polonaise for violin and orchestra; variations for violin and orchestra; duos for violins; quartets for mixed voices with wind-instruments; trio for piano and strings; quartets for male voices; sonatas, variations and fantasias for violin.