David Straubinger to Receive 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award at Chicago Flute Club Flute Festival
From Pipeline the newsletter of Chicago Flute Club.
"The Festival weekend commences on Friday, November 13, with the customary celebratory evening - beginning with a cocktail hour and dinner that will culminate in the presentation of lifetime achievement awards. This year we will honor two distinguished leaders in the world of the flute....David Straubinger, esteemed flutemaker and creator of Straubinger Pads, the mainstay of many of our instruments today."
We thank the Chicago Flute Club for recognizing David's leadership role in the flute industry.
See announcement here. Learn more about Flute Festival 2015.
Summer Music Performance Program at Anatolia College, Thessaloniki, Greece, July 2-12, 2015
Thomas Robertello is joining the faculty of this exciting music program. Activities include master classes, lectures, discussion panels, concerts, concerto competition, and an opera production. Learn more here.
Jasmine Choi Named one of 10 Best Flutists of All Time
Sinfinimusic of the UK has selected Jasmine Choi as one of the ten greatest flutists ever. She joins a list which includes Sir James Galway, Emanuel Pahud, Julius Baker, Jean Baxstresser and others.
Greater Indianapolis Flute Club Presents Flute Fest 2015 featuring Jasmine Choi: March 7, 2015
Jasmine Choi will conduct a masterclass and perform in recital.
Schrott Center for the Arts
Butler University, Indianapolis, IN.
Early Registration: $25 for GIFC Members; $35 for non-members.
Registration after March 1, 2015: $35 for GIFC Members; $45 for non-members.
SPONSORED BY STRAUBINGER FLUTES AND BUTLER UNIVERSITY
Download flyer here.
Straubinger Flutes proudly participated and provided support to the first La Côte Flute Festival in Switzerland, October 2 through 5, 2014.
Located on the shores of Lake Geneva, at the Grand-Champ Theatre complex in Gland (between Geneva and Lausanne), the festival featured 180 artists, 42 concerts, masterclasses, workshops and an Exhibit Hall.
Mathias Ziegler performed the world premiere of 'Aurora/Sunrise Concerto' by Sophie Dufeutrelle. The Concerto is for the Contrabass/quartertone flute and orchestra. Philippe Bernold directed the Geneva Chamber Orchestra. David Straubinger, who created and made the special pads for the Eva Kingma flutes, also attended the Premiere.
Sophie Dufeutrelle, who plays a Straubinger Flute, performed and directed her flute Sextet, 'PentaGônes' at the Festival. Excerpts from the Festival Grand Finale Concert are now posted on YouTube: youtu.be/Z2uQVlQIzhI. Numerous samples of Sophie Dufeutrelle's work may be heard on YouTube: youtu.be/VzhbGcXS378.
"Choi's rendition of the Fantasy for flute solo in D Major by Friedrich Kuhlau, a performance notable for both its virtuosity and lyricism, did not disappoint. One of the most striking aspects of Choi's recital was her openness and honesty -- connecting with her audience on a personal level." - Review of March 16, 2014 recital in "Pipeline" the Chicago Flute Club Newsletter.
What are Straubinger pads? How are they different from traditional felt pads? How are they similar? Why do Straubinger pads require special training and certification for technicians?
Learn the answers to these questions and much more as woodwind pioneer, David Straubinger, explores the basic challenges encountered in flute repair and presents an overview of the pads and repair techniques he has developed to address these challenges. It promises to be a fascinating discussion of how the Straubinger pad came to be and why precision is the key and an absolute requirement to successful installation. The results achieved with Straubinger pads are phenomenal and the possibilities for the player are limitless, but if the flute is not properly prepared, it will never produce optimum results.
So, as a repair technician, WHY is this important to you? Regardless of the level of flutes you work on, the standard expected by flute clients has been raised by the influence of the Straubinger pad. As a result, any 21st century woodwind technician should have, at the very least, a general but accurate understanding of what these pads are all about. Moving past the basics lifts the repairman into a whole new realm of discovery, where he or she is able to interpret the player?s desire for color and tonal richness and make it happen with their flute. Come and join David for an opportunity to see what can happen and how it happens for those who want to go the extra mile.
July 27, 2015 - We extend our deepest sympathy to David Straubinger whose Mother passed away peacefully this morning at 97. In the past weeks, she has been surrounded by her children and many of the family and friends who came to share their love and caring. Both of David?s parents came from a musical background. He credits his Mom for giving him her ticket to attend a concert that ultimately led to meeting the featured performer. Out of that chance opportunity evolved a long-time friendship and at the encouragement of Mr. Matheny, David won a position to study at Butler and then, a full scholarship to Julliard.
Straubinger Pad Certification
in Indianapolis, IN
Applications are being received for the March 2016 Certification Workshops on March 9-13. These include core training for flute pad certification and an optional certification for clarinet pad installation. You can also read more about certification training for Straubinger Flute Pad Installation here. Contact us for more information.
Watch a slideshow of our March 2010 Certification Training in Indianapolis, IN.
We are proud to announce that Straubinger Flutes now has certified Pad Technicians, each a FIRST in his or her respective countries, to represent Straubinger Flutes both in repair and sales. NICKOLAS PLOTNIKOV is in Moscow, Russia, EDUARDO CAICEDO is in Bogotá, Colombia, HANS EHRLICH in Chile, SEAN TAN is in Singapore, SIRIPORN JINANARONG is in Thailand, ZVONIMIR CHYTIL is in Croatia, PETER GROOT is in the Czech Republic, JUHA JOHANSSON is in Finland, PETROS MIHALITSIANOS is in Greece, KAROLY CSIDER is in Hungary, ELAD ZELDES is in Israel, and SERGIO JEREZ GOMEZ is in Spain. Read More
Straubinger Flutes On the Go
While in Lyon, David was the special guest of Sophie Dufeutrelle and lectured at Ecole Nationale de Villeurbanne about flute making and pads. He also visited J.S. Musique where he worked on flutes and met with customers and technicians.
David traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, where he met with flutists and customers at Vents du Midi/Flautissimo SARL, hosted by owners Alice Gunther and Otto Hnatek, also Certified Technicians and brokers for Straubinger Flutes.
Straubinger Flutes will sponsor Katilyn (Katy) Wherry, who plays a Straubinger Silver Flute, at the Sir James Galway 2015 Master Class in Weggis, Switzerland.
David was a featured speaker at the 2012 Yamaha Convention where he addressed the unique positives of his Straubinger Pads and the critical importance of precision in the installation process. Yamaha Corporation is now installing Straubinger Pads in their higher-end flutes and Straubinger Flutes welcomes them to the family of other manufacturers who already install his Pads in their instruments at the factory. While in Japan, he met with representatives of Powell Flutes Japan and also was hosted by Miyazawa Corporation.
On November 6, 2009 William Bennett visited David's newly reconstructed production facility following two days of masterclasses and performances at the University of Indiana. (see more pictures)
Two June workshops for Straubinger Flute Pad Certification were conducted at Straubinger Flutes. These fast-track courses were especially designed to meet the needs of several technicians who requested more advanced skills training.
Sir James Galway playing David's gold flute while Carol Dennis listens. Carol Dennis, for whom David made the flute, shares a history with Sir James that goes back many years to when she traveled with her husband Dick Dennis, (concert-master for Henry Mancini) and Sir James.
NFA 2014 presented a wonderful opportunity to renew old friendships and to introduce the latest Straubinger Flutes and Head Joint models.
Thomas Robertello Channel
Check out our new feature: The Thomas Robertello Channel, featuring Thomas Robertello in performance.
Thomas Robertello Calendar
Lessons in the Los Angeles, California Area
March 13, 2015. If you are interested in lessons, contact the Los Angeles Flute Guild at email@example.com.
Los Angeles Flute Guild Flute Festival
March 15, 2015. Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach, California. Masterclass and Gala Concert. lafluteguild.com
San Diego Flute Guild Lessons and Masterclass
March 21-22, 2015. Lessons at a private home in Poway, California. Masterclass at the Rancho Bernardo Public Library in San Diego, California. Contact Cheryl Bretsnyder at (858) 442-8846 or Cheryl5332@gmail.com. More information available at the San Diego Flute Guild website.
Summer Music Performance Program at Anatolia College
July 2-12, 2015. Thessaloniki, Greece. Thomas Robertello and Nevart-Veron Galileas are the faculty flutists for this program of master classes, lectures, discussion panels, concerts, concerto competition, and opera production. Learn more at musicanatoliacollege.com.
Thomas Robertello CD
Straubinger Flutes announces the release of The Complete Fantasies of Georg Philipp Telemann performed by Thomas Robertello on his Straubinger Flute.
"... It's beautiful in every way, and an utter delight! Great playing; great sound!" - Carol Rosenberger, Delos International
News from Straubinger Flutists
Jasmine Choi, who PLAYS A STRAUBINGER GOLD FLUTE, was named the principal flutist with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in June 2012. Jasmine was the first Korean to be named principal flute of the 112-year-old Wiener Symphoniker, or the Vienna Symphony. She was the only player to be selected from a pool of 245 candidates from all over the world. Jasmine was also the first Korean woodwind player to hold a post with a major orchestra in the United States, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. She has been critically acclaimed on international stages for her rich tone, technical brilliance, superb musicianship, and charismatic stage presence.
Now actively pursuing a full schedule of performances, we are proud to announce her latest CD which features the W.A. Mozart 5 Quartets with Flute. The recording features Jasmine Choi playing with members of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.
Winter Jasmine (2011) was commissioned by American flute maker David Straubinger for the remarkable young flutist Jasmine Choi. Like the intensely - perfumed flowering plant which blooms only during the dark of winter, there is sweetness here in the sadness which this music evokes.
Jasmine Choi Recital in New York
Straubinger Flutes and the New York Flute Club co-sponsored Jasmine Choi in recital on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at the Engelman Recital Hall, Baruch Performing Arts Center, NY, NY. More information is available on the NY Flute Club web site.
Jasmine Choi Calendar
May 1, 2016 - House Concert, Bregenz, Austria
May 4, 2016 - House Concert, Bregenz, Austria
May 14-20, 25-28, 2016 - Seoul Spring Festival, Seoul, Korea
May 31, 2016 - Private Event, Lyon, France
June 16, 2016 - Concerto with Bangkok Symphony, Bangkok, Thailand
June 29-30, July 1-2, 2016 - Jasmine Choi International Master Class, Bregenz, Austria
July 11-17, 2016 - Paavo Järnu Festival, Pärnu, Estonia
July 23, 27, 30 and August 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 2016 - Mostly Mozart Festival, New York, NY, USA
In August 2012, French flutist, composer, and choir director Sophie Dufeutrelle performed at the National Flute Association Annual Convention in Las Vegas. Read her biography here
Read Sophie's article in Traversičre Magazine about Straubinger Pads.
Straubinger Flutes In The News
David Straubinger at the NAPBIRT National Conference
By invitation David spoke on April 16-17, 2012 at the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT) 36th Annual Conference in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. He spoke about "Flutes: Pads and Precision." What are Straubinger pads? How are they different from traditional felt pads? How are they similar? Why do Straubinger pads require special training and certification for technicians? Read More
The Straubinger Phoenix Flute Pad was introduced at the NAMM Convention, January 15-18, 2009.
A variant of David's newest patent has been named the Straubinger Phoenix Flute Pad to commemorate our return from the horrific fire of 2008.
YAMAHA Flutes are now installed at the factory with the Straubinger Phoenix Pad in all 600 and 700 models. The 800 and 900 models have the CLASSIC (original) Straubinger Pad.
Now In Print! David Straubinger and Straubinger Flutes are featured in A Dictionary for the Modern Flutist by Susan J. Maclagan with foreword by Trevor Wye. You can read the entry here.