Gérard Fossati created his first instrument in 1983 bringing to it his
already extensive skills and experience. He also showed a strong
desire to improve the oboe making in general. His wish has always
been the optimization of the whole instrument (i.e mechanic,
sound, tune...) so has to suit best musicians' expectations.
Thanks to the combination of his know-how and to the use of
new technologies (CAD for R&D, numeric lathe...), the Fossati
instruments have acquired a forever lasting reliability. 20 years
after the setting up of the firm, this alchemy has made the Fossati
brand an important name on the international oboe market.
The Fossati team considers that the musicians have to be at the
core of his thoughts in the process of instrument making. This is
why he works « hand in hand » with many players. From Brazil
to Russia or from Japan to the USA, Fossati does not hesitate to
travel the world to meet them.
« Each country has its own particularities. Each musician is
different and has his own morphology, his own way to gouge and
shape the reeds. Taking into account these
parameters is essential to renew with the instrument
making tradition ».
All those meetings have allowed Fossati develop a
complete range of instruments (oboes, english
horns, oboes d'amore and bass oboes). Each
of the instruments is tested by a professional
Today around 20 people make more than 700
instruments a year in our factory based in Montargis
(South of Paris). The company also owns a
repairing shop located in Paris, nearby the
Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique.
Since 1983, the same passion has nourished the
Fossati's team. This is this very same passion that
has led Fossati to constantly look for solutions to