Born in Politz, near Braunau. He has won distinction as violoncello player in the famous Bohemian String Quartet. He is master of his instrument and shows great individuality in his interpretation. Although the founder of this quartet, he did not become an active member until after the original cellist resigned, owing to ill health. He has held many important appointments, among them professor of cello at the Mozarteum, Salzburg, solo cellist in the Court Orchestra of Munich and professor of cello at Prague Conservatory, where he was once a pupil. The other members of the Bohemian String Quartet, Hoffman, Suk and Nebdal, were his pupils at the Prague Conservatory.