- David Lasocki
(b Thornton Heath, Greater London, England, June 5, 1959). English recorder maker. A teenage friendship with the lute-maker Malcolm Prior, then an apprentice at Arnold Dolmetsch Ltd, in Haslemere, Surrey, led to a fascination with instruments. He studied instrument-making at the London College of Furniture in the early 1980s, specializing in recorders under the supervision of the former Dolmetsch maker Kenneth Collins. Since 1982, Brown has been an independent recorder maker, working in Reykjavík, Iceland (1982–9), Cluny, France (1989–97), and Amsterdam, Netherlands (since 1997). He began by making Baroque-style instruments, then copies of Renaissance consort recorders, which have brought him an international reputation. Since 1995 he has conducted extensive research on Renaissance recorders, traveling throughout Europe to measure and catalogue most of those that have survived. In 2003, with the Belgian performer and musicologist Peter Van Heyghen, Brown founded the ensemble Mezzaluna as a vehicle for their combined research into the performance, practice, and organology of the 16th century. He has written widely on early recorders, including a book on their care and maintenance; he also collaborated with the Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum on a new catalogue of their recorder collection....