Violinist and recipient of the 1998 Grand Decoration of Honour in Silver in Austria for his exceptional conducting.
He joined the Vienna Philharmonic at the age of seventeen and became joint-concertmaster with Willi Boskovsky.
The Trondheim Symphony Orchestra invited him to be their first honorary conductor.
He married Elisabeth Samohyl in 1966 and they had one son together.
His quartet recorded Op 33 by Joseph Haydn for Decca Records.