He studied under Höger, under Josef Krejčí at the Prague Conservatory, and under Theodor Kullak at the Neue Akademie der Tonkunst, Berlin. In 1873 he settled at Vienna, where he received the title of "Kammervirtuose". He made tours through Europe and the United States.
Grünfeld was the first pianist of note to make a recording, and a CD featuring many of his tracks is available.
His Viennese house is at Getreidemarkt 10, and has a plaque above the door. His grave can be visited in the Zentralfriedhof in Vienna.
His brother was musician Heinrich Grünfeld.
Of his compositions may be mentioned the following works for the pianoforte:
- Octave-study, op. 15;
- Minuet, op. 31;
- Spanish Serenade, op. 37.
- Johann Strauss II: Transcriptions & Paraphrases for Solo Piano - Die Fledermaus, op. 56.
- Free scores by Alfred Grünfeld at the International Music Score Library Project
- Jewish Encyclopedia
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Jewish Encyclopedia. 1901–1906.
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