07.04.2016 - 10.04.2016 — Hall: 10.2 Stand: A 80
The company, Rudolf Walter u. Co. Holzblasinstrumentenbau GmbH, was founded in Ludwigsburg in 1992.
Since 1995, the bassoons have been constructed on the new premises in Pleidelsheim.
The founder Rudolf Walter (b. 1948), began his career in 1964 as an apprentice for mechanical engineering at the company, GW Bart, Ludwigsburg. From 1966 to 1972 he worked for several companies and gained a lot of experience as a toolmaker.
But his love for music led him to begin working for the worldrenowned company, FA Kohlert & Co. In 1975, he was appointed to lead the complete department of woodwind construction.
In 1985, the sale of the company, Fa. Kohlert & Co. prompted him, along with two colleagues, to found the company, HIB Holsblasintrumentenbau GmbH in Ludwigsburg.
At the same time he, successfully passed the final apprenticeship exam for woodwind making.
In 1991, he took the examination for the Master Craftsman's certificate in Munich, and graduated with honors. He was awarded with the gold medal.
The following year, he founded his own company, Rudolf Walter u. Co Holzblasinstrumentenbau GmbH. Just two years later he won the ''German Musical Instrument Prize for Bassoon'' (Deutsche Musikinstrumenten Preis für Fagott). He achieved this prize twice more in 2002 and 2010. Since the inception of this coveted prize, our company is the only bassoon manufacturer who has been presented with this prestigious award three times.