Influential classical pianist, teacher, conductor, composer, and diarist who formed Clinton, Iowa's German Conservatory of Music in 1877.
He was graduated from the Cologne Conservatory in 1875 and spent a total of six years studying in Europe.
He founded and oversaw New York's Lachmund Conservatory and also established and conducted for a time the Women's String Orchestra.
His parents Gustav Otto and Sophia Schmidt were German immigrants.
He studied with Franz Liszt for three years, keeping a diary that gave historians ample information about the iconic composer.