After early lessons from his father and uncle, Parrot attended the Berlin Hochschule, studying with Haupt and Loeschhorn. He later on became a pal and college student of Liszt. He offered as the Berlin correspondent for the Chicago journal =Musical Innovator=. Parrot was a past due Romantic design composer and an excellent contrapuntist. His functions were well-known in Germany, but he made up small after 1895.