music The Greatest Flautists of All Time

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List Rules The absolute best flautists in history. Vote up the musicians who are the best on the flute.

The flute is a very popular member of the woodwind family. Unlike other woodwind instruments that have a reed on the mouthpiece, like the clarinet, the flute is played by placing the mouth over the opening towards the top, and unless the flautist plays with exact precision the sound just won’t come out right. It's a very delicate instrument that must be played with great accuracy. Who are the greatest flautists of all time who have done this?

The flute has a very soft sound to it and mastering the craft is not just for anyone! But the musicians on this list have earned their place by being the best of the best. This list contains famous flautists, both living and dead, and has been ranked by music lovers to determine the all time best flautists.
 
This list features the all time greatest flautists including, Andrew Latimer, Buddy Collette, and Czesław Niemen. Vote up the best flute players below and see where the musicians you think are great rank.

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Ian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Ian Anderson Blues-rock, Rock music Folk rock

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Jean-Pierre Rampal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Jean-Pierre Rampal Classical music, Jazz

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James Galway is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
James Galway Pop music, Classical music

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Aurele Nicolet is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time

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Yusef Lateef is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Yusef Lateef New Age music, Third stream Swing music

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Thijs van Leer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Thijs van Leer Jazz, Progressive rock Neoclassicism

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Ron Burgundy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Ron Burgundy Jazz, Jazz Funk Jazz fusion - The most unbelievable jazz flautist of our time.

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Jacques-Martin Hotteterre is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Jacques-Martin Hotteterre Classical; Baroque

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Marco Di Meco is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Marco Di Meco Jazz, Avant-garde - Italian jazz flutist and composer.

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Jim Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Jim Lockhart Celtic Rock - Member of legendary Irish Celtic rock band, Horslips

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Jeanne Baxtresser is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time

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Hubert Laws is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Hubert Laws Classical music, Jazz

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Nestor Torres is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Nestor Torres Classical; contemporary; folk

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Dave Valentin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time

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Bobbi Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Bobbi Humphrey Jazz fusion, Jazz

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Jeremy Steig is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Jeremy Steig Jazz fusion, Jazz

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Paul Horn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Paul Horn New Age, Jazz

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Hsu Wei Yen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Hsu Wei Yen

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Ana Caram is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Ana Caram Bossa nova

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Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Peter Gabriel New Wave, Pop music Rock music

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James Carter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
James Carter Avant-garde jazz, Smooth jazz Jazz fusion

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Alexander Zonjic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time

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Cecil Payne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Cecil Payne Hard bop, Bebop

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Andrea Griminelli is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time

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Ron Korb is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Ron Korb New Age, World music Jazz

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Gareth McLearnon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Gareth McLearnon Folk music, Classical music

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Virginia Hudson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Virginia Hudson Classical; contemporary

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Nelson Rangell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Nelson Rangell Smooth jazz

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Lew Tabackin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time

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Roberto Fabbriciani is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Roberto Fabbriciani Classical music

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Buddy Collette is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Buddy Collette Cool jazz, West Coast jazz West Coast blues

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Andrew Latimer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Andrew Latimer Progressive rock, Canterbury scene Symphonic rock

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Ray Thomas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Ray Thomas Rock music

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Robert Aiken is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Robert Aiken Robert Aitken is a Canadian flautist, composer, and specialist in new music.

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Elida Inman Tjørve is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Elida Inman Tjørve Classical; contemporary; chamber

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David Odzelashvili is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
David Odzelashvili

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Larry Beauregard is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Larry Beauregard Contemporary classical music

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Fito Nicolau is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Fito Nicolau Classical; contemporary

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Edward McGuire is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time

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Elżbieta Dmoch is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Elżbieta Dmoch Synthpop, New Wave Pop music

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Hilary Du Pré is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Hilary Du Pré Classical; contemporary

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Ronan Hardiman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Ronan Hardiman Folk music of Ireland

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Julie Fowlis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Julie Fowlis Folk music, Jazz Celtic music

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Derek Charke is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Derek Charke Classical; contemporary

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Burton Cummings is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Burton Cummings Rock music

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Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk Electro

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Mindi Abair is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Mindi Abair Pop music, Smooth jazz Soul music

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Greg Ham is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Greg Ham Folk; contemporary; new world

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Frankie Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Frankie Kennedy Folk music, Folk music of Ireland World music

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David Jackson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
David Jackson Progressive rock