I came in the world of the hautboy and the early
woodwind instruments at the beginning of the 1970s. I met Bruce Haynes
in 1973 and decided to study the hautboy with him at the Conservatory
of The Hague.
From the 1980s on, I devoted myself to hautboy
making. Since then, I made a great deal of woodwind instruments : baroque
and classical hautboys, oboes d'amore, tailles de hautbois, oboes da caccia,
recorders, traditionnal oboes and flutes. I collected an important documentation
on original instruments, consisting in plans, personnal measures and iconography.
I am mainly
interested in French hautboys and especially in the period of the mid
XVIIth century, which illustrates in France the transition between the
Renaissance and the Baroque instruments. The study of original instruments
encouraged me to investigate more thoroughly the organological evolution
of the instruments and their relationships with the social changes.
Recordings : Johann Sigismund Kusser : " Ouvertures de Théâtre
", 1683, Musica Aeterna Bratislava, Les Menus Plaisirs Angoulême.
K 617, 1993.
G.F. Kauffmann, J.L. Krebs, G.A. Homilius : " La
joie des Ames par l'Harmonie ", Jesus Martin Moro, organ, Marc
Ecochard, hautbois. Hortus, 1999.
Teaching : summer courses in Gourdon, Périgord.