Born in Germany on 5th April 1835, Waterstraat was flute soloist of the Imperial Maryiinsky Theatre 1857-96. He was probably the first
player to use a Boehm system instrument in the Imperial orchestra. From about
1877 he taught at the St. Petersburg
conservatory and took orchestral classes at the Court Chapel. He wrote a useful
book of studies for his students. His most well known pupil was Fedor Stepanov. Waterstraat died in St.
Petersburg on 24th May 1896.
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