Carl Friedrich Abel studied with his father Christian Ferdinand and (as a student of the Leipzig Thomas School) perhaps also with Johann Sebastian Bach in Leipzig. 1748-58 he worked as a gambist in the court orchestra in Dresden. Then he undertook concert tours, which led him to London, where he finally settled in 1759. His fame as gamba virtuoso grew rapidly, but he was also active as a harpsichordist and hornist. He became chamber musician of Queen Sophie Charlotte. In 1765, three years after the arrival of Johann Christian Bach in London, he founded with him the "Bach Abel Concerts", which, in addition to the Paris Concert Spirituel, represented the most important European concert company between 1765 and 1780. But even before Bach's death (1782), the success decreased. The musical work of Abel, which is stylistically close to the Mannheim School, contains numerous works for viola da gamba and bass, sonatas for harpsichord with various instruments, as well as string quartets, many symphonies, a sinfonia concertante and harpsichord, flute and violoncello concerts.