16th October 1821
27th July 1883
Poland in Lemberg (Austrian Empire), now Lviv, Ukraine
Albert Franz Doppler was a composer and flute virtuoso. He formed a flute duo with his brother Karl, four years younger, and they toured with great success through Europe, later becoming members of the orchestra of the German Theater, Budapest. Later they both moved to the Hungarian National Theater. There, five of Franz's operas were staged with success. They continued to make regular tours of Europe and helped found the Hungarian Philharmonic Orchestra in 1853. At the age of 18 Franz was the first flutist at the opera in Budapest, and he went on to be the chief conductor, of the Vienna Court Opera, as well as acquiring a position of Professor of Flute at the Vienna Conservatoire from 1864 until 1867. He died in Baden bei Wien, Austria. Doppler composed chiefly for the flute, including concertos, showpieces, and many duets. His music shows aspects of Russian and Hungarian music. He wrote seven operas and fifteen ballets in total, quite popular in their time.