Alain J. W. Winkelman email@example.com
Atelier for modern flutes and Traverso flutes
I was born in The Hague from a Dutch father and a French mother of Italian stock. The family moved to Brussels where I grew up until I was 14. Then my family moved back to the Hague where I finished school and studied flute with Frans Vester at the Hague conservatory. I started teaching and became a piccolist of the Rotterdams Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969.
My interest in flute making and repair was nourished when passed my annual holidays in Marseille with my mother’s family. I spend much of my time at the shop of the flute repairman Gallarète, with whom I learnt how to pad flutes in the French manner.
My colleagues soon began to appreciate my skills and I started repairing flutes besides my teaching and orchestra playing.
1972 I moved to Switzerland and became a teacher at the Winterthur music school and conservatory. I began to deal with baroque music and instruments and made my first experiments in building traverso flutes. I soon became known as a flute maker and repairman of flutes and 1978 I opened an official shop for flutes.
My enthusiasm for flutes helps me to find new improvements, as well for head-joints, as for repair work on professional instruments and for the construction of individual lip-plates on customer demands and needs.
My home with workshop is located at Schaffhausen, Hornbergstrasse 17. I am happy to welcome you for an individual consultation with the possibility of trying instruments. Please announce your visit by phone or mail. It is also possible to make appointments out-of business hours.