Of Belgian descent, Victor Frédéric Verrimst was born in Paris on 29 November 1825 and studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Louis François Chaft (double bass), Antoine Elwart (harmony) and Simon Leborne (counterpoint). He worked as a double bassist at the Opéra-
Comique and later the Paris Opera and at the Société des Concerts du Conservatoire. Alongside his double bass duties, he was also choirmaster of the Church of St. Thomas Aquinas and, from 1860, organist at the Church of St. Bernard.
Verrimst was also Professor of Double Bass at the Paris Conservatoire and composed a number of solo and educational works for the instrument.