Paur was born in Czernowitz, Austria, now Chernivtsi, Ukraine, and trained in Vienna before working as a conductor in Kassel, Königsberg and Leipzig.
Pupil of his father, for violin, and Dessoff, for composition. Graduate Vienna Conservatory.
Appointed 1st violin of Vienna Imperial Opera House. Court conductor at Cassel, Hanover, 1876-1880. 1st conductor and director Opera and Abonnements-Konzerte, Mannheim, 1880-1888.
Conductor of opera, Leipzig, 1888-1893. Conductor Boston Symphony, 1893-1898. Leader New York Philharmonic Society and conductor of the “Paur Orchestra,” Metropolitan, New York, 1899-1900.
Gurst Conductor, with leading concert organizations, and as solo pianist in Europe, 1901-1903. Conductor Pittsburgh Orchestra, since November, 1904. Address: Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.