In 1911 he was student of Karl Leimer. In winter 1915/16 he played in Hanover on six evenings all Beethoven Sonatas with the exception of Opus 49. After a sensationally received Berlin debut in 1920 he was committed the next year to more than 130 concerts and began in Zurich his first foreign tour. The first U.S. tour in 1926 was followed by 12 more until 1939. While recording his Beethoven series for EMI in 1956, he suddenly collapsed and died in London after an emergency operation.
After concerts Gieseking cordially thanked „for the excellent Bechstein concert grand piano“.