Gerard fossati created his first oboe in the mid 1980s, bringing to it his already extensive skills and experience from working at the oboe manufacturer Rigoutat. Gerard’s wish has always been the optimization of the whole instrument - mechanics, sound, intonation - so as to suit best musicians' expectations.
Thanks to Gerard’s experience the use of new technologies, the Fossati brand has become an important name on the international oboe market. Gerard maintained that musicians have to be at the core of his thoughts in the process of instrument making, which is Fossati works hand in hand with many professional players.
Around 20 people make more than 700 instruments a year in Fossati's factory based in Montargis (South of Paris), and remarkably every instrument is tested by a professional musician.