Studied in Conservatories of Music, Zurich, Lausanne and Strassburg, later with Busoni, Berlin. Composition with Blanchet, Lausanne, and Urban, Berlin. Honorary Doctor of Music, University of Rochester, Grinnell College, De Paul U., Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
Doctor Humane Letters (honorary), Roosevelt University.
Debut at Zurich, Switzerland, at the age of twelve.
Later he made extended concert tours in Europe. Came to the United States, 1900. Teacher in Chicago, 1901-1905.
Played with leading orchestras and musical organizations, United States and Canada, 1905-1921. Conductor St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, 1921-1927. President Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt U., 1933-1954, later president emeritus.
Appointed conductor New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Young People’s concerts, 1939-1949. Conducted children—concerts of Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Composer of symphony, concerto for piano and orchestra, symphonic sketches, variations on a theme by Brahms, many other pieces for piano, and over 200 songs.
Officer French Legion of Honor. Chevalier French Order of Arts and Letters. Recipient Northwestern University Centennial award.
Award for performing arts Lincoln Academy of Illinois, 1965. Corresponding member Royal Academy in Florence.
Clubs: Arts, Tavern.
Married Mary Forrest, concert singer, July 12, 1900 (deceased.; married second, Esther La Berge Ganz, December 23, 1959.