He studied at the Vienna Conservatory with Karl Udel (cello) and Anton Bruckner (music theory). He was a member of the Vienna Hofburgkapelle from 1879. From 1883 he became a member of the Hellmesberger Quartet.
In 1884, aged twenty-one, he became teacher at the Vienna Conservatory and in 1889 he became professor, which he remained until 1902.
He was later, in 1896, solo cellist at the court opera. In 1902 he became Kapellmeister at the Vienna Volksoper under Carl Rainer Simons. In 1905 he took on as ballet conductor at the Königlichen Oper of Berlin.
At the time of his death in Vienna, he was the last of a family that played an important role in the Vienna musical life.
Among his students at the Vienna Conservatory was Franz Schmidt.
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