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.
David Straubinger to Receive 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chicago Flute Club
July 7, 2014 - The Chicago Flute Club will honor David Straubinger with its 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. The awards banquet will be held November 13, 2015 at the O'Hare Hilton as part of Flute Festival 2015.
We thank the Chicago Flute Club for recognizing David's leadership role in the flute industry.
"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.
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 Galway that goes back many years to when she traveled with her husband Dick Dennis, (concert-master for Henry Mancini) AND Sir Galway.
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
Texas Flute Society Convention
May 16, 2013. Thomas Robertello was a guest artist a at the Texas Flute Society Convention. He will be performing "Three Songs" by Charles Ives, "Sonata in G Minor", BWV 1020 by JS Bach, and "Sonata", op. 36 by Gabriel Pierne.
September 2013 - Visiting Professor, Tonji University, Shanghai, China
July 19 - August 12, 2013
Thomas Robertello worked with the Asian Youth Orchestra.
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
October 10-11, 2014 - Bregenz, Austria
December 14, 2014 - Vienna, Austria
December 27, 2014 - Em-Sung, Korea
December 30, 2014 - Choong-Joo, Korea
January 22, 2015 - Vienna, Austria
February 21, 2015 - Clarkston, GA, USA
February 23, 2015 - Columbus, GA, USA
March 3, 2015 - Miami Beach, FL, USA
March 7, 2015 - Indianapolis, IN, 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.