Flutes & Flutists is widely regarded as having some of the most trusted flute advisers and technicians in Australasia and stock only the most sought after flutes, carefully selected to meet every playing style, musical desire and price point.
Each member of the Flutes & Flutists team is an accomplished flute player and specialise in the fields of teaching, performing and repairs. Most importantly though, everyone here love what they do, so whether you are a beginner or an international soloist, we will assist you with the same level of care and passion that we share for our instrument.
David Leviston started playing the flute when he was 7. Upon finishing school David began studies in Law but quickly changed to Music after successfully auditioning for a professional orchestral position.
Being the fortunate recipient of an Australia Council grant, David spent 1975/1976 studying with many leading teachers in the UK, Europe and USA.
David has worked for many years as an orchestral, solo and chamber music performer, and taught both in institutions and privately for most of his playing career.
He has also examined at all levels for the AMEB. His passion for the flute led him to begin Flutes & Flutists and the Australian Flute Festival.
Lyndie studied for her B.Mus (Perf) degree, on flute, under the guidance of Swiss flutist, Beat Wenger. Lyndie played with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the Viva Musica Quartet, performing regularly around South Africa.
After emigrating to New Zealand, she was invited to play First and Second Flute in the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, and formed a flute/piano duo called Tui's Company.
Since moving to Australia in 2006, Lyndie has directed and coordinated the Australian Flute Festival as well as facilitating recitals and masterclasses for many Australian and International flutists.
Mark has won numerous competitions and awards throughout Australia including the Leslie Barklamb Scholarships, the 3MBS Young Performer of the Year Award and the Australian Youth Classical Music Competition. In 2006, he was the winner of the Open Flute Competition at the Australian Flute Festival. Internationally, Mark was the recipient of the British Flute Society Award, the Zangger-Weber Stiftung and in 2012, he received the Third Prize and the Audience Prize at the August-Everding Music Competition in Munich, Germany.
Mark began learning the flute with Tony Barnden at the age of 10, who helped him attain his Associate Diploma from the Australian Music Examination Board at the age of 13. Whilst studying with Alan Hardy at the age of 14, Mark was awarded a Licentiate Diploma with Distinction, making him the youngest flutist in Australia to have received the honour. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Australian National University where he studied with Virginia Taylor and Vernon Hill, after which he travelled to the U.K to study with Trevor Wye at his Flute Studio; Zurich, Switzerland with Matthias Ziegler where he received his Master of Music Performance and Specialised Master of Music for Soloists degrees; and Munich, Germany with Andrea Lieberknecht where he received his Master of Performance in New Music degree.
Mark was a guest member of the Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich and has collaborated with several notable composers including Helmut Lachenmann, Beat Furrer, William Blank and Heinz Holliger; and conductors such as Kent Nagano, Lionel Bringuier, Roland Kluttig, Zsolt Nagy, David Zinman, Werner Ehrhardt, Douglas Boyd and Nello Santi. As a soloist, Mark has performed with the Bach Collegium München and the Filharmonie Hradec Králové.
Mark is now teaching and performing around Australia and is the Artist-in-Residence at Flutes & Flutists Pty Limited.
Edison is a renowned Brazilian Woodwind Repair Technician specialising in handmade flutes and professional clarinets. He has been repairing and playing the flute for more than 15 years and studied at the Conservatorio Superior de Música 'Manuel de Falla' in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
He has attended several international courses on advanced tuning; gold, silver and bronze welding; lathe operation; wood restoration techniques; and crafting woodwind instrument parts. With his extensive training, Edison is an expert in flute and clarinet key/parts customisation and fine gold/silver welding. He has performed modifications on a vast number of instruments used by international artists for the purposes of improving intonation and adding alternative key systems.
With more than 16 years of experience working in Latin America, New Zealand and now Australia, Edison has worked alongside musicians from the Argentine National Symphony Orchestra, Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and numerous other prominent jazz and classical musicians.