Edward de JongEdward de Jong (1837–1920) is thought to be the oldest flute player to have made a recording. It is remarkable that de Jong’s first teachers may have been born in the 18th century. Edward de Jong was born in Holland and had established himself in England by the time he was 20 years old. He became first flute in the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester when it was founded in 1858. In the same year, Rudall, Rose & Carte advertised in The Times that de Jong was one of the distinguished players who used one of their modern cylindrical flutes.It would seem that it was Edward de Jong who encouraged his young compatriot, Albert Fransella, to move to England to play in an orchestra de Jong was conducting at the spa in Buxton, Derbyshire.
Auld Robin Gray. Edward de Jong, flute; pianist unknown. Recorded May 1907.
Photograph: Dayton C. Miller Collection, Library of Congress, Washington.