Company History

Company History

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.

Gründer Rudolf Walter (geb. 1948) begann seine Laufbahn von 1964 – 1966 als Lehrling zum Maschinenbauer bei der Firma GW Barth in Ludwigsburg. In den Jahren 1966 – 1972 sammelte er als Werkzeugmacher reichlich Erfahrungen in verschiedenen Firmen.
Doch seine Liebe zur Musik veranlasste den Eintritt in die damalige Weltfirma für   Holzblasinstrumente Fa. Kohlert & Co, wo er 1975 zum Leiter der kompletten  Vorfertigung für die Holzblasinstrumente berufen wurde.

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 1994'' (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.

Daniela SchweyherIn 1992, Daniela Schweyher, (born 1973), decided to enter the field of woodwind making and apprenticed at the Rudolf Walter u. Co. Holzblasinstrumentenbau GmbH until 1996.
. She finished her apprenticeship with honors as the Chamber of Crafts winner, and first prize recipient at the state and national levels.
In 2002 Daniela took the examination for the Master Craftsman's certificate and graduated with honors and gold medal.
Additionally, she studied business administration (Betriebswirt HWK) and graduated in 2005 also as the first prize recipient at the state level.
She has been a company executive of Rudolf Walter u. Co. Holzblasinstrumentenbau GmbH since 2005.

Aylin Walter (born 1991) successfully finished her training as a precision engineer at the Rudolf Walter u. Co. Holzblasintrumentenbau GmbH.
Afterward, she began an apprenticeship at the Rudolf Walter u. Co. Holzblasintrumentenbau GmbH, which she completed in 2014 as Chamber of Crafts winner and first prize winner at the state level.

Aylin Walter - Rudolf Walter - Daniela Schweyher

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