Son of Karl Friedrich Zollner; born in Leipsic. First studying law, he took up music and entered the Leipsic Conservatory in 1875, remaining there two years. His instructors there were Reinecke, Jadassohn, Richter and Wenzel. In 1878 he became musical director of the University of Dorpat. In 1885 he went to Cologne, where he conducted the Male Choral Society and was appointed a teacher in the Conservatory there. With a male chorus he toured the principal cities of Italy in 1889 and the next year came to New York, where he conducted the Deutscher Liederkranz. Eight years later he was apoointed successor to Kretzschmar as musical director of Leipsic University and conductor of the Paulinerchor, the Male Choral Union of the University. Zollner's songs and male part-songs are excellent. He composed a choral work Hunnenschlacht, a symphony for orchestra; Konig Sigurd Ring's Brautfahrt for male chorus and orchestra; Heldemequiem for sonrano solo, male chorus and orchestra; the cantata Die neue Welt; the operas Frithjof, Faust (after Goethe) Bei Sedan, Der Uberfall, the musical comedy Das holzerne Schwert.