One of the most important French pianists of his era; he had a passion for both romantic German composers and contemporary works.
He was a student from 1883 until 1890 at the Conservatoire de Paris.
He took "Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks" by Richard Strauss and created a piano transcription of it.
His mother was German, and his father was Alsatian; he married amateur singer Émilie Girette.
He performed many major cycles, including Johann Sebastian Bach's "The Well-Tempered Clavier."