His first major recital was in 1917 and featured Hammerklavier Sonata by Beethoven and Variations on a Theme of Paganini by Johannes Brahms.
He succeeded Max Pauer as director of the Stuttgart College of Music, a position he held from 1924 until 1929. He co-founded the summer courses at Marmorpalais Potsdam in 1931.
His father worked as a royal music director and organist at St. Nicolai Church. His brother Georg was director of church music at the University of Erlangen.
He had a wide-ranging repertoire that covered Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Liszt, Frederic Chopin, Brahms, and Robert Schumann.