I took for the first time a bassoon reed apart when I was 12 years old. This thing totally fascinated me. How did it do the magic to create this wonderful sound?? And I have to admit, that to this day I am a reed nerd. Though I got inspiration about reed making from my poor teachers (I was not the kind of student that can easily be influenced) I found out all the little tricks that great reedmaking is all about by myself. This makes my work as a reed maker today deeply enjoyable and fulfilling. And by the way: of course I did all the academic studies of music and also was a professional orchestra dude. But reed making is my thing. Really.
Bio: Master of Art University for Music Munique and Mozarteum Salzburg | Bassoon player at Philharmonie Koblenz, Stadttheater Coburg, Philharmonisches Orchester Augsburg and Volksoper Wien | Bassoon Teacher Music School Vienna
Making reeds has always been some mysterious thing fo me. I found that uber cool that bassoonists always carry around half of their houshold. And I was more than thrilled to get part of this down-to-earth and always-a-gadget-in-the-pocket club. I have quite a lively personalyity and reed making has a meditative, calming effect on me. I love that. I make all the stuff on Christoph’s reeds that are not cane and brass. I am his “reed winding machine” and make all the little red, green, golden or whatever colour turk hats by hand and I put the varnish on them. And yes, I studied music as well. Lots.