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.
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 from Switzerland 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 at the age of 10. At the age of 13, he received his AMusA and in the following year, Mark received his LMusA with Distinction. Since then, Mark has obtained a Bachelor of Music Performance from the Australian National University, a Master of Music Performance and Specialised Master of Music (Soloist) from the Zurich University of the Arts and a Master of Music in Contemporary Music from the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich whilst studying with numerous internationally renowned teachers including Virginia Taylor, Vernon Hill, Trevor Wye, Matthias Ziegler and Andrea Lieberknecht.
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 throughout Australia and is the Artist-in-Residence at Flutes & Flutists.
Jim Phelan, conservatory trained as a horn player, became general manager of the Verne Q. Powell Flute Company in 1981. It is there that he met Lillian Burkart who made flute bodies, keys, padded flutes and piccolos and tested instruments. Together in 1981 they founded Burkart-Phelan, Inc. to provide subcontract services to Powell for the manufacture of piccolos and in 1984, Jim acquired the Verne Q. Powell Company. He left Powell in 1989 to finish his mechanical engineering degree. Upon graduation Jim entered the world of mechanical engineering designing electron-beam guns, automobile components and surgical instruments. In 1997 Jim rejoined his partner in building instruments, uniting his engineering skill and his eighteen years of flute-making expertise.
Today, Burkart-Phelan is a world leader in flute and piccolo manufacturing with their state-of-the-art workshop in Shirley, Massachusetts and Resona by Burkart factory in Jiashan, China. Lillian manages the Shirley workshop and Jim manages the Burkart-Phelan Asian Assets.
In 1980 Jim authored the Complete Guide to the Flute. The second edition was completed in 2006. His lectures on repair, building and acoustics of musical instruments are in high demand worldwide.
Burkart-Phelan, Inc. won the prestigious 2018 Manufacturer of the Year Award for creating and sustaining manufacturing jobs both in the U.S. and in Asia.