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First Name: Peter
Last Name: Klatt
Bio: Peter Klatt was first elected to the IDRS Executive Committee in 1983 to succeed Hugh Cooper to serve as liaison to the music industry. Since fifteen years have gone by since that time, the original biography has become somewhat outdated. While his original photo shows the Peter Klatt of fifteen years ago - with fewer wrinkles and more hair - the accompanying original bio required some editing to reflect the changes and experiences of the latter years. After Klatt reached the term limit for elected officers, the IDRS Constitution was changed to allow the President to appoint certain officers who would serve at the pleasure of the President and without term limits; thus Klatt still occupies the same seat on the Executive Committee, having been reappointed by a succession of Presidents. Klatt was born in Prague and emigrated to the United States from Germany in his early twenties. Having been trained as a furniture maker in Bavaria, he went to work for a small furniture manufacturing concern in Berkeley and after 19 years, and a series of promotions, resigned as general manager of that firm in order to become an entrepreneur - a music merchant! The Klatt children had included two oboe players and a trombonist - all playing instruments rented from, and taking lessons at, Forrests Music. Thus began the Klatts" involvement with double reed instruments and the music business in general. In 1975, Peter and his wife Joan purchased Forrests Music from the retiring owner to pursue new careers. As the business became focused increasingly on the double reed specialty, the transition from music store to a mailorder company was the natural progression. After joining the double reed community, Klatt took oboe lessons from Eleanor Dusté for a number of years, before both reached a friendly agreement that Klatt could make a better contribution as an appreciative audience member. Over the years the Klatt family business, Forrests Music, evolved into one of the major suppliers of double reed supplies in North America and became a strong supporter of IDRS as well as numerous educators" and youth music organizations, both, by virtue of board memberships and ongoing financial support.
Source: Double Reed 21/1 (1998)