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First Name: Ronald
Last Name: Rigoutat
Bio: Ronald Rigoutat was born in Paris in 1930. At the age of fourteen he began an apprenticeshipin oboe making with his father, Charles. In 1947 he began to study the oboe and was admitted to the Paris Conservatoire in 1950, where he won a second prize two years later. From 1952 to 1954 Roland was the principal oboe of the 5th Regiment military band at Versailles. In 1954 he became a full-time oboe maker. In 1964 his father died, and Roland took over Rigoutat Oboes. In 1990 Roland was personally selected by the French Ministry of Culture as recipient of that year's prestigious French honor, the Victory Music Award. He also received the Gold Medal from the French Craft Work at 1984, the Nef d"Or Award in 1991 from the Chamber of Commerce, and Joinville-le-Pont's Medal of the City in 1990. His retirement in 1992 now gives him the chance to enjoy his garden in the country. His second son, Philippe, became the new director at that time. The firm continues to produce oboes and English horns of the highest quality.
Source: Double Reed 21/2 (1998)