Karl Reinecke was born in Altona, Germany (then a town of Denmark), June 23, 1824.
His father, who was also a musician, trained his son so early that at eleven years of age Karl was able to perform satisfactorily in public.
When nineteen he made a concert-tour through Sweden and Denmark, and in 1843-46 studied in Leipzig. In 1846-48 he was court pianist to Christian VIII., of Denmark.
From 1851 to 1854 he was an instructor in the Cologne Conservatory, from 1854 to 1859 music director at Barmen, and in 1859-60 director of the Singakademie, Breslau.
In 1860-95 he was conductor of the Gewandhaus concerts in Leipzig and professor of compositions at the Conservatory.
Reinecke’s compositions are very numerous, including operas, choral works, symphonies, string quartets, quintets, trios, and sonatas for piano and strings, many smaller pianoforte works, songs and part-songs, and concertos for the piano, the violin, and the violoncello.