Heralded musician who had a reputation as a remarkable pedagogue. He consulted with and edited the works of many famous composers.
He was a star student at the Conservatoire de Paris, winning the 1883 First Prize in piano performance.
He was a pallbearer at composer Charles-Valentin Alkan's 1888 funeral and edited the composer's works for a posthumous republication.
His first marriage ended quickly in divorce.
He and Claude Debussy were lifelong friends, meeting at the Conservatoire de Paris. He was an advocate and performer of the composer's works.