Son of Auguste Joseph, the, violinist; born in Paris. He studied at the Conservatory, taking first violoncello prize in 1849. From 1865 to 1871 he taught at Marseilles Conservatory and afterwards became violoncellist at the Conservatory concerts. Skilled in restoring old musical instruments, he sold a collection he had formed to the Conservatory at Brussels in 1879. He has written some excellent compositions for his instrument, the most important being a fine collection of exercises and mechanical studies, entitled, La Gymnastique du Violoncello. A comic opera by him was produced at Niort in 1895 with great success.
His son, Jean, was born at Niort in 1857. He also took a prize for violoncello at the Paris Conservatory in 1873. He has studied organ under Cesar Franck.