1830 – He was born on the 8th of January in Dresden, Saxony.
1850-1851 – He studied conducting under Wagner and piano under Liszt.
1853 – He toured as a concert pianist.
1855 – He headed the piano department at the Stern Conservatory in Berlin.
1857 – He married Liszt’s daughter Cosima.
1864 – He became director of music at the Munich court, where he conducted the premieres of Tristan und Isolde and Die Meistersinger.
1877-1880 – He conducted at Hanover and at Meiningen, where his orchestra became one of the finest in Europe.
– He published critical editions of Beethoven and Cramer (now superseded by later editions), piano transcriptions of Tristan und Isolde and other major works, and a number of compositions for orchestra.
1893 – He went to Cairo because of his failing health.
1894 – He died on the 12th of February in Cairo.