Career began as a pianist, but he later gained recognition as an organist who was able to play everything from memory.
He studied at the University of Minnesota and Cologne.
He composed electronic music, little of which was heard publicly.
His family recognized his musical skills early on. He studied piano at age four, adding violin at seven, and organ at twelve. Harpsichord and fortepiano would follow as well.
He became known for mastering the organ compositions of Julius Reubke and Franz Liszt.