b Verviers, Belgium, 17 February 1820
d Mustapha, Algeria, 6 June 1881, aged sixty-one
He studied violin with his father and made his first public appearance at the age of six. He became famous as a violinist, receiving a royal stipend in 1831 and playing his own works with enormous success all over the world. In 1871 he accepted a professorship at Brussels University. He suffered a paralytic stroke in 1873, which eventually forced him to give up work.
He wrote seven violin concertos; works for solo violin and other instruments, and for orchestra; a large amount of chamber music.