He was pupil and son in law of Karl Wilhelm Uhlrich in Sondershausen. In 1874 he also became a pupil of Johann Christoph Lauterbach in Dresden.
He was "Musikdirektor" (director of a musical society) in Sondershausen and lateron became "Konzertmeister" (Leader) in Magdeburg. From 1884 onwards he was "Hofkonzertmeister" (Leader of the orchestra at the court) in Dessau.
Hugo Riemann, Musik-Lexikon, 9th ed., Max Hellers Verlag, Berlin, 1919.