Lillian Burkart has spent decades researching and refining the piccolo. The widely acclaimed Burkart piccolo sets industry standards and is played in many of the world’s top orchestras.
In concert with James Phelan, Ms. Burkart continues to apply precise and technically advanced methods to the crafting of piccolos. From the selection and aging of the finest woods to the tooling of keys and mechanisms and, finally, to the careful voicing of each instrument, every Burkart piccolo is unsurpassed in tone and playability.
All Lillian Burkart piccolos are handmade in the USA.
The Burkart Elite Piccolo:
Every Burkart Elite piccolo is made of vintage African grenadilla wood, finished with a sterling silver mechanism and a choice of headjoint. This signature Burkart instrument is coupled with a split-E mechanism, exclusive options including the High G# facilitator, and three headjoint choices for the musician. The tone hole design gives a dark, aged quality to the sound of the instrument.
Elite Deluxe Model:
The Deluxe model features an upgrade to French-style pointed arms attaching the cups of all closed-hole keys.
High G# Facilitator:
Another Burkart innovation, the high G# facilitator eliminates the need to use two right-hand fingers to assist in the production of a high G#. Unlike prior European facilitators, this design does not inhibit the production of high Câ€”it is activated automatically when the player fingers G#. The split key Burkart design is a unique and important benefit to the piccolo player with no loss of high C production.
This mechanism allows for an effortless, one-finger G3 to A3 trill as well as many functions of the C# trill key.