Special Message from Straubinger Flutes
This is to let you know the home of David Straubinger and Dale burned down on Sunday, December 15th. It appears now to be a total loss. David was working at the shop and is OK. Everything appears to be lost and/or heavily damaged, but no one was injured. The important thing is for us to remember what we HAVE and not what we lost. Thankfully, the company is fine since it is 300 yards away from the house and other buildings.
The preliminary report is that the fire originated from old wiring in a wall but we are still waiting for the final report.
Please remember us in prayer. God has been with us every step of our journey together so far, and He will not leave us in this terrible tragedy. We are grateful for the unbelievable response and outpouring of concern we have received. The words and caring have strengthened us to get through the anguish of losing not only our home but a lifetime of irreplaceable keepsakes. The one thing that stands out most is that though all was lost, the beautiful memories we shared with each other and with all our friends there can NEVER be lost and are for always in our minds and hearts.
With love that reaches across the miles,
"Many of us remember Rampal's iconic recording of the Bolling Suite. Granted Rampal's recording is a challenging act to follow, but Choi quite successfully brings a fresh and definitive look to the score. The playing is explosive and nuanced. This CD should be on the 'must have' list for serious flutists." - Flute Talk Magazine
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December 18th, 2013
||Welcome Eva Kingma
We are proud to welcome the Eva Kingma Flutes to the growing family of Flute Manufacturers who have chosen to install their flutes with Straubinger Pads.
Straubinger Pad Certification
in Indianapolis, IN
A couple of spaces remain for our March 2014 training. The workshop includes 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.
Repair Firsts: We are proud to announce that Straubinger Flutes now has two newly certified Pad Technicians, each a FIRST in their respective countries to represent Straubinger Flutes both in repair and sales. NICKOLAS PLOTNIKOV is in Perm, Russia, and EDUARDO CAICEDO is in Bogotá, Colombia. Read More
Scott Devey: Straubinger Flutes and our Extended Family of Certified Technicians sadly bid farewell to one of our very fine repairmen, SCOTT DEVEY, who left us all too quickly and unexpectedly, when he passed away June 20, 2012 in Riverton, Utah. We offer his wife and all of his children our sincerest support and sympathy. We will always remember his warm humor and his strong commitment to achieving the very best for his customers.
Straubinger Flutes Recap
Find out what we've been up to here in Indianapolis and far afield in Japan, New York, France, Switzerland, and Spain.
Switzerland and France
June 2013 - David traveled to Geneva, Zurich, St. Gallen, and Appenzell, Switzerland and Lyon, France to the Ecole Nationale de Villeurbanne for a whirlwind two weeks.
Markus Haeller, Zurich, Switzerland
David met Marcus Haeller, Certified Technician at Musik Hug, which is a dealer for Straubinger Flutes in Zurich. And David met with Achim in Geneva, Switzerland. In addition, he also met with flutists in the St. Gallen, Wegen, and Zurich area. David also met with a banking expert in Appenzell, Switzerland about the business climate in Europe.
Musik Hug, Zurich, Switzerland
While in Lyon, David was the special guest of Sophie Dufeutrelle and lecturered 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.
Emma Huelskamp was invited back to play her Straubinger Silver Flute at the Sir James Galway 2010 Master Class in Weggis, Switzerland. (see more pictures)
2/27/2012 - During the week of Feb 19, David was a featured speaker at the Yamaha Convention where he addressed the unique positives of his Straubinger Pads and the critical importance of precision in the installation process. Yamaha Corporation has announced that they are 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 Monday, the 27th. After a very warm and welcoming reception at every turn, David will return to the US on the 1st of March.
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. NFA 2009, NY. 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. (see more NFA 2009 pictures)
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 will be 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. Straubinger Flutes will also be at the convention with flutes on May 16-18, 2013. We hope to see you there.
Visiting Professor, Tonji University, Shanghai, China
May 20 - June 16, 2013. Thomas Robertello will also repeat the Texas Flute Socity recital with Joni Chan.
July 19 - August 12, 2013
Thomas Robertello will be working with the Asian Youth Orchestra. More information to come.
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
The CDs are available from NAXOSDirect.com. The cost per CD is $16.99. Check the Internet for other sources, but we highly recommend the NAXOS recording for a flawless product and sound reproduction of the very highest quality.
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 to be released in early October by SONY Music. We were given permission to make available a pre-release copy of the CD at the recent NFA in New Orleans. The recording is of 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
Feburary 26, 2014 - Seoul, South Korea with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.
March 16, 2014 - Recital in Chicago, IL, USA.
March 23, 2014 - Southeast Michigan Flute Association. Lessons, recital, and masterclass. Co-Sponsored by Straubinger Flutes. For more information contact Brandy Hudelson, SEMFA President, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 14-16, 2014 - Recording sessions in NY, NY, USA.
May 12-25, 2014 - Seoul Spring Festival, Seoul, South Korea.
July 6-12, 2014 - Masterclass in Bregenz, Austria
July 14-20, 2014 - Pämu Music Festival, Pämu, Estonia
July 30, 2014 - Bregenz, Austria
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. This particular pad was made especially for Conn-Selmer to use in their production Avanti Flutes, designed by Bickford Brannen and flute makers at Conn-Selmer. It was introduced at the NAMM Show.
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.
David Straubinger, featured Indiana Instrument Builder, at Traditional Arts Indiana. See the video under Programs --> Ongoing Programs --> Indiana Instrument Builders.
More Straubinger Flutes Recap
June 2010 - David met with Sergio Gomez Certified Technician from Spain, where he represents Straubinger Flutes there, as well as Portugal.
June 2010 - David traveled to LYON, France where he met with flutists and demonstrated his Straubinger Flutes and Head Joints. He was hosted by Pierre Scharff, owner of JS Musique. David also met with Simon Messainguiral, the Straubinger Certified Technician for JS Musique.