Trained many future pianists, including notables like James Simon, Wilhelm Furtwängler, and Selim Palmgren.
He attended the Leipzig Conservatory for two years, from 1880 until 1882, then studied with Franz Liszt during 1885 and 1886.
He was a prolific composer. His writings included a Requiem, a piano concerto, two symphonies, three piano sonatas, and two string quartets.
He was married to a pianist, Margarete Wegelin. They had a son, Joachim, who also became a pianist and teacher.
He became known for his masterful presentations of Ludwig van Beethoven.