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I studied traverso at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague, with Wilbert Hazelzet. I began making flutes in 1994, after a one year apprenticeship with Peter van der Poel. In the years 1995-1998 I worked at the Gemeente Museum in The Hague, were I compiled a catalogue of the Baroque flutes in the collection, and undertook conservation work on various woodwinds. This was a wonderful opportunity to be in close contact with a relatively large collection of very interesting instruments and enabled me to appreciate the old makers' wonderful work at close hand. A lot of the flutes that I copy are from this collection.
Apart from being a maker I also play traverso professionally as a member of several ensembles, performing music from the

sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries on period instruments.
This gives me first-hand experience with the instruments I make and enables me to experiment with the artistic qualities of the new models I make in a musical context. One of the groups with which I work, The Modena Consort, is a renaissance traverso consort performing the repertoire of late fifteenth and sixteenth-century music. The group is composed of four traverso players, including myself. This ensemble was and continues to be a helpful source for experimenting with the music and the instruments.

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