Famous for his mastery of Beethoven, Schubert, and Schumann. His 1959 American debut in Manhattan was highly acclaimed.
He was a student at the Dresden Conservatory.
He served as professor of piano from 1947 until 1962 at the North-West German Music Academy.
His family recognized his talents early on, and he debuted in 1928 when he was 16.
He had a prolific recording career, laying down tracks of many composers, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.