Musician and technician
Holder of a conservatory grand prize in clarinet and trained in precision machining, it was natural that a young Michel Parmenon would take an interest in instrument building. He opens his own shop, selling and repairing wind instruments.
1977 to 1979
Development of the Parmenon Flute
Encouraged by Pierre-Alain Biget, then professor at the Orleans conservatory, the adventure of Parmenon flutes began with the development of a new French flute.
Flute No 1
Parmenon Flute no 1 is tested by several well-known professors and soloists.
The conclusion: continue!
The first patents
Making a single flute is one thing, making several and adapting them to musicians’ requests is another. In the early years of his workshop, Michel Parmenon develops his tooling and files his first patents.
Developing the brand
A major step is taken: the workshop becomes a registered company.
Parmenon flutes are exported worldwide and the catalog expands. The first gold flutes are made and a new line of flutes is created.
The passing of the torch
The transmission of knowledge is fundamental to the workshop. Michel Parmenon takes part in the creation of the Brevet des Métiers d’Art de facture instrumentale (Diploma of Musical Instrument Craftsmanship) and becomes a professor at the European technological institution for the music professions (ITEMM).
At the ITEMM, he meets Rémi Caron and Pierre Helou, apprentices in the same class. At the end of the four year program, Rémi Caron becomes part of the Parmenon workshop, while Pierre Helou spends several years studing langauge and japanese culture.
Michel Pamenon retires and Rémi Caron takes up the torch, joined by Pierre Helou in 2012, a turning point for Parmenon Flutes.
By combining their complementary skills, they modernize the company’s tooling and breath new life into Parmenon Flutes.
The company is awarded the designation of Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant or EPV (Company of Living Cultural Heritage) in 2016.