In 1881, François Lorée, the ex-foreman of Triebert, founds his own oboe factory. His son, Lucien, who receives his knowledge, takes over the firm at his death in 1902.
Supported by Georges Gillet, teacher at the Paris Conservatoire, Lucien Lorée modernizes the oboe and realizes several inventions. The famous "Conservatory Plateau System" was one of these; and in 1906 is quickly adopted by soloists around the world. Instrument manufacturer, Raymond Dubois, acquires the firm in 1925 but Lucien Lorée still takes an active part in the production. Robert de Gourdon, Mr. Dubois’ son-in-law, joins the firm in 1935, and has the opportunity to work in close co-operation with Lucien Lorée. In 1967, Robert de Gourdon begins to share his knowledge and expertise with his son, Alain, now chairman of the firm.
In 1974 Alain de Gourdon takes over Cabart, which becomes the trade mark for the student oboe line, appreciated for their perfect tuning and high quality. Upon the request of several teachers to allow young children to learn oboe, the firm realizes the "Cabart Petites Mains". This model is lighter and has a more simplified system for those with a shorter reach, making it a huge success for beginners. As a result of great innovation and instrument manufacturing, the creation of a masterpiece is introduced in 1989.
Combining musicality, reliability and beauty, "Le Royal" created in 1989 remains the oboist’s reference throughout the world.
In 2006, to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the F.Lorée firm and the 100 years of creation of the "Conservatory Plateau System", a "limited series" of ROYAL oboes has been realized.