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Frans Vester (1922-87)

Frans Vester was a leading teacher, editor, and scholar as well as one of the most influential performers on historical flutes in late 20th-century Europe.

He entered the Amsterdam Conservatory at the age of 15 and premiered the Ibert concert there four years later. His Danzi quintet premiered Schoenberg's wind Quintet Op. 26 in 1958, and he later toured and recorded baroque repertoire with Frans Brueggen and Gustav Leonhardt. He edited hundreds of 18th and 19th-century pieces for flute and compiled valuable repertoire catalogs for the instrument.

Vester is shown in the photograph at left delivering a talk at the Finnish flute week in Tampere in August 1985 in which he contrasted the uniformity of modern flute playing (at the time) with the richness and diversity of expression in earlier periods.


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