Mathew Dart has been making copies of historical bassoons and flutes in his London workshop since 1985, following 5 years studying Early Woodwind Instrument making at the London College of Furniture.
He was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship in 1999 and travelled throughout Europe measuring original early bassoons in museums and other collections. He completed his PhD in 2011, titled: “The baroque bassoon: form, construction, acoustics, and playing qualities”.
That research also led to the development of bassoon models after Johann Poerschman and Thomas Stanesby, to add to the J. C. Denner and J. F. Grundmann models aready in production.
His bassoons are used by professional and amateur players worldwide.