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date: 19 January 2021

Zech familylocked

  • John A. Emerson
  • , revised by Robert Commanday


American family of musicians of German origin. They were active in San Francisco.

(b Bad Dürkheim, July 25, 1832; d San Francisco, Sept 13, 1889). Piano maker. After the death of his father Franz Phillip Zech (1789–1849), a piano maker, he went to New York and worked for five years at Nunns & Clark and Steinway. In May 1856 he moved to San Francisco, and by March 1857 had built his first instrument. The following September a square piano of his manufacture was awarded first prize at the Mechanics Institute Fair. By 1867 he had custom-built 494 instruments.

Zech’s son, August Friedrich Zech (b San Francisco, 20 May 1857; d San Francisco, 20 April 1891), studied at the Leipzig Conservatory from 1876 to 1880 and in San Francisco. He became music director of the Arion Singing Society and several other German singing societies in San Francisco....

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H. C. Colles, ed.: A Dictionary of Music and Musicians (3/1927)