THE HISTORY OF A KNOW-HOW & A MUSICAL PASSION

A TRADITIONAL KNOW-HOW

In the Arve valley, bar turning was born in the 18th century and has been part of a tradition passed down through the generations.

Dimitri himself inherited this know-how; his grandfather was a watchmaker and his father following him started a bar turning business. And it is thanks to his father that Dimitri learned from an early age and over the years, the profession of turner. He then obtained a BTEC in design and a Bachelor in management.

A MUSICAL PASSION

Dimitri started the trumpet at the age of 7. At the age of 14, he entered the Geneva Conservatory in the class of Mario Alberti.

He followed at  “Jazz in Marciac”  the master classes of Wynton Marsalis, Stéphane Belmondo, etc.

He is now playing into 2 music groups, a Big Band and a Quintet.

 

THE MEETING OF 2 PASSIONS

Dimitri combined his two passions by drawing at 15 his first mouthpieces, on a manual lathe.

By this way, he entered into a story initiated by Vincent Bach over 100 years ago. In a century no major breakthrough in the design of mouthpieces had seen the light of day except for those drawn by David Monette. Today the Atelier Donat, with the support of the greatest musicians of today, takes up the torch and gives new life to the mouthpiece.

In the Donat workshop, each piece is made with the greatest attention, on a latest generation CNC machine. The realization of the mouthpiece in a single phase, without loss of the origin mark, allows perfect coaxiality for an ultra precise mouthpiece

WORK WITH VALUES ...

 

THE QUALITY

Dimitri says “I don’t want to satisfy the customers but I want to enchant them. It “rings” better and it’s what I want : to make my mouthpieces ringing ! In this aim I have to guarantee a high quality product.”
Today the big names of the music trust him. To know more about.

THE PRICE

“I dont want that DONAT mouthpieces become a niche market product, which would be reserved only to some people. That’s why the DONAT mouthpieces are very competitive.

It’s a part of my education, my values.”

MADE IN FRANCE

DONAT mouthpieces are 100% made in France
All mouthpieces are developped and producted in the Alps.
Gold plating and Silver plating are made in Massif Central region.
The cardboard are made and folded in Ain region.

... AND PEOPLE

Atelier Donat would be nothing without all the people who contributed to its development and its notoriety.

Frédéric Anthoine for his immense support.

Ko de Rooij and his brilliant ideas which allowed us an innovative and successful conception of cornet mouthpieces, and for his daily collaboration.

Franck Reynaert who is my most loyal advisor, support and great friend, trumpet player.

Pascal my great friend who always has the magic backstage key.

Eric Truffaz, who I gave my first mouthpieces to try. It took me no less than 3 years of work on his model before I heard him say, “it’s perfect, it’s a master’s job”. A huge thank you for his precious advice.

We also thank all the people who participated in this great adventure and more particularly:

Takaya Kawashima, Philippe Rossi, Stephane Belmondo, Guillaume Corcoba, Marie & Christiane Séraphin, Guillaume Basta, Christophe LeLoil, Josh Landress, Jim Besson, Nicolas Pardo, mon père et mon oncle, David Bonvin, Justin Stanton, Russell Gunn, Thomas Inderbinen, Alain Duval, Raphael Marchand, Christian Martinez, David Mercier, Michel Piccamiglio, Philippe Deredec et tous les autres …

Thierry Guffon (graphics),  Morgane Brasier (photo), Maiwenn Sourzac (communication), Ashley (website

 

TO MY FATHER DANIEL, WHO TAUGHT ME EVERYTHING

``THE BAR TURNER WHO GIVES THE TUNING NOTE``

SMALL TIME LINE

 

Yesterday
1936
1960
1980
2000
2009
2015
2017
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.