JOHANN DUBEZ (1828 - 1891)
Johann Dubez, born in Vienna, is one of the less well-known guitarists of the nineteenth century, perhaps because he composed fewer pieces than players such as Regondi and Mertz, both of whom may well have taught him at some point. Dubez became an accomplished performer on various instruments including violin, mandolin, harp and zither, as well as guitar. He began his musical career as a violinist in the local theatre and for a while was ʻharpist and chamber virtuoso’ in the service of Countess Jeanne Esterházy. He also played the melophone, a kind of accordion and until 1873 led the Dubez String Quartet. The guitar pieces in manuscript form are now to be found in the collection of the Swedish mathematician Carl Oskar Boije af Genäs. Dubez became president of the Vienna Zither Union founded in 1875 and was made an honorary member of the Prague Zither Society.