Foremost French pianist of the 19th century. He became one of the first-ever recording artists.
His career began at age seven in Paris. He first studied with famed pianist Antoine Marmontel.
His wife died in 1908, prompting him to retire from performing with exceptions made for charity benefits.
He heard Chopin play, and as a result, historians see the one surviving film of his playing as a portal into an era of performance that was lost to history.