…from the 19th to the 21st century
Three historical flutes of the Athens Conservatory collection brought back to life.
On 19 March 2019, at 8:30 pm, in the Conservatory Hall “Aris Garoufalis”, the Athens Conservatory Board is hosting an event to present the three historical flutes of the Conservatory collection restored through the sponsorship of the Law Firm “Zepos & Yannopoulos” Athens Conservatory music professors, Natalia Geraki and Dimitris Kountouras, will perform pieces from the musical instruments periods, so that these instruments resonate once more with musical repertoires from their corresponding eras.
The Ziegler flute was made in early 19th century Vienna. Johann Joseph Ziegler (1795–1858) was one of the most prolific wind instrument makers of the era. This flute belonged to Lykourgos Messinezis (1840-1910).
The Sax flute was manufactured by the firm of Adolphe Sax (1814-1894), a famous musical instruments maker and inventor of the saxophone. The flute in the collection of the Conservatory, bearing the insignia Adolphe Sax Paris, was most probably made in the mid-19th century.
The Louis Lot flute, also made in Paris, bears the serial number 7322, a fact that suggests it was made in the last five years of the 19th century. Its unusual construction in two, rather than the typical three, sections makes this flute a rare jewel indeed. According to a small note found inside its case, 28 February 1941 was the date of its donation to the Athens Conservatory.
All three flutes were restored by Dimitra Kokkini.