A BREATHTAKING HISTORY

Since 1936, music, craft and technology

With this rich history and thanks to his technical and musical skills, Dimitri gives a new life to Atelier Donat.
He is able to find the best solutions to meet the needs of the mouthpiece.

Meticulous attention is paid to the making of each piece, from lathing to polishing, before it is tested.
Each model is the result of extensive research and reflextion

Each piece is realized with the greatest attention on a last generation CNC machine.

The machining of the mouthpiece in a single phase, without loss of the reference of origin, allows a perfect coaxiality for an ultra precise mouthpiece

The first elaborate and modern mouthpieces were designed by Vincent Bach. Always taken in continuity with the latter, no major breakthrough has emerged in recent decades with the exception of David Monette.
Today Atelier Donat, with the approval of the current musicians, takes up this torch and gives a new youth to the craft.

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Yesterday
1936
1960
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2009
2015
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2019

Yesterday

Putting all your heart and soul into your trade to make it an art, this is how Atelier Donat defines craftsmanship. René Donat, the founder of this workshop, led his life this way.

1936

Born in 1918, he founded his workshop in 1936 in the French Alps where he made parts for the Swiss watch industry.

1960

Daniel, his son, joined him and began steering the company towards aeronautical industry.

1980

He then passed his knowledge on to his son.
Since he was a trombonist and an Alpine horn player, Daniel also passed on his love of music to his child.

2000

Even when he was still in his teens Dimitri was making mouthpieces on hand lathes,

2009

but it wasn’t until 2009 that he produced one on a digitally-controlled machine.

2015

Development of mouthpieces on the Biglia, the most suitable machine for precision turning.

First he met with artists such as Ibrahim Maalouf, Erik Truffaz, Ambrose Akinmusire and Nicolas Pardo who gave him important tips on how to design exceptional models.

2017

Collaboration with Ko de Rooij and a number of Dutch artists for the development of cornet mouthpieces.

2019

New workshop in Magland.

Getting acquainted withDimitri Donat

Dim studied trumpet at the Geneva Conservatory in the class of Mario Alberti.
He learned the trade of turner in the family workshop while he was studying design before obtaining a Bachelor in conception.
He combines today his experience with the Donat mouthpieces.

REFERENCES

Beautiful musical stories

THANKS

A shared story

The Donat Workshop would be nothing without all the people who contributed to its evolution and notoriety.

Frédéric Anthoine for his substansial support

Thierry and the stroke of his pen with which he created the Donat angel,
Pascal who always has an access-all-areas pass.

I would also like to thank all those who have taken part in this wonderful adventure and in particular:

Ko de Rooij, Franck Reynaert, Philippe Rossi, Stephane Belmondo, Erik Truffaz, Guillaume Corcoba, Marie & Christiane Séraphin, Guillaume Basta, Christophe LeLoil, Josh Landress, Takaya Kawashima, Jim Besson, Nicolas Pardo, mon père et mon oncle, David Bonvin, Justin Stanton, Labonumero3, Maiwenn Sourzac, Russell Gunn, Thomas Inderbinen, Alain Duval, Raphael Marchand, Christian Martinez, David Mercier, Michel Piccamiglio, Philippe Deredec and all the others …