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