List of Famous Flautists People

List of Famous Flautists

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List of famous flautists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top flautists in the world? This includes the most prominent flautists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable flautists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic flautists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned flautists.

Items on this list include Herbie Hancock and India.Arie.

From reputable, prominent, and well known flautists to the lesser known flautists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the flautist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous flautists ever?" and "What are the names of famous flautists?" then you're in the right place. (165 items)


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    Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer. Starting his career with jazz legend Donald Byrd, he shortly thereafter joined the Miles Davis Quintet where Hancock helped to redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section and was one of the primary architects ...more

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    • Age: age 75
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Jazz Pianist, Songwriter, Pianist, Musician, + more
    • Credits: Harlem Nights, Death Wish, Blowup, Indecent Proposal, Colors, + more
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    India Arie is a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer. She has sold over 3.3 million records in the US and 10 million worldwide. She has won four Grammy Awards from her 21 nominations, including Best R&B Album.more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Flautist, + more
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    Candace Kita
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    Candace Kita is an Asian-American actress, wine vintner, and Managing Editor of Viva Glam Magazine, a nationwide hard copy women's lifestyle magazine. She is also a women's safety advocate and has been interviewed by CBS, CNN, 48 Hours and MSNBC among others. In her spare time, she is a strong supporter ...more

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    • Age: age 35
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Model, Flautist, Author, Radio personality, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Bad News Bears, Barb Wire, Masked Rider, Wall to Wall Records
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    Ann Wilson
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    Ann Dustin Wilson is an American musician, best known as the lead singer, flute player, songwriter, and occasional guitar player of the hard rock band Heart. Regarded as one of the best female vocalists in rock music history, Wilson was listed as one of the "Top Heavy Metal Vocalists of All Time" by Hit ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Songwriter, Flautist, Singer
    • Credits: Eight Crazy Nights, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Heart: The Road Home, Heart: Live
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    Eric Dolphy
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    Eric Allan Dolphy, Jr. was an American jazz alto saxophonist, flautist, and bass clarinetist. On a few occasions, he also played the clarinet, and piccolo. Dolphy was one of several multi-instrumentalists to gain prominence in the 1960s. He was one of the first important bass clarinet soloists in jazz, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 36 (1928-1964)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Sideman, Saxophonist, Musician, Bandleader, Flautist, + more
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    Edward McGuire is a Scottish composer. He studied composition with James Iliff at the Royal Academy of Music in London from 1966 to 1970 and then with Ingvar Lidholm in Stockholm in 1971. His opera "Cullercoats Tommy", with a libretto by Michael Wilcox was premiered by Northern Sinfonia and Northern ...more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Flautist, Composer
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    Charles Lloyd
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    Charles Lloyd is an American jazz musician. Though he primarily plays tenor saxophone and flute, he has occasionally recorded on other reed instruments, including alto saxophone and the Hungarian tárogató. Lloyd's working band since 2007 features pianist Jason Moran, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer ...more

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    • Age: age 77
    • Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Flautist, Jazz Musician
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    Paul Horn was an American jazz flautist, and an early pioneer of New Age music.more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1930-2014)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Flautist
    • Credits: A Bucket of Blood
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    Aurèle Nicolet is a Swiss flautist. He is considered as one of the world's best flute players of the late twentieth century. He has performed in various international concerts. A number of composers wrote music especially for him, such composers include Toru Takemitsu, György Ligeti, Krzysztof Meyer or ...more

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    • Age: age 89
    • Birthplace: Neuchâtel, Switzerland
    • Profession: Flautist
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    Andrea Griminelli

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: Correggio, Italy
    • Profession: Flautist
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    Michael Ryan Flatley is an American-born Irish dancer, choreographer and musician. He became internationally known for Irish dance shows Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, Feet of Flames, and Celtic Tiger.more

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Choreographer, Flautist, Actor, Writer, Presenter
    • Credits: Dancing with the Stars, 2001: A Space Travesty, Superstars of Dance, The Michael Flatley Collection, Riverdance: The Show, + more
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    Ana Caram is a Brazilian singer, guitarist and flutist best known for her bossa nova music. Caram was born in São Paulo to a family versed in musical expression. She graduated from São Paulo University with a degree in musical composition and conducting. A protégé of Antonio Carlos Jobim, the primary ...more

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil
    • Profession: Guitarist, Flautist, Singer
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    James Galway
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    Sir James Galway, OBE is a virtuoso flute player from Belfast, Northern Ireland, nicknamed "The Man With the Golden Flute". Following in the footsteps of Jean-Pierre Rampal, he became one of the first flute players to establish an international career as a soloist.more

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    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: Belfast, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Conductor, Flautist
    • Credits: Live from Lincoln Center
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    Peter Brian Gabriel is an English singer-songwriter, musician and humanitarian activist who rose to fame as the lead vocalist and flautist of the progressive rock band Genesis. After leaving Genesis, Gabriel went on to a successful solo career, with "Solsbury Hill" his first single. His 1986 album, So, ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: England, Chobham
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Flautist, + more
    • Credits: The Last Temptation of Christ, Birdy, Virtuosity, Rabbit-Proof Fence, New York Stories, + more
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    Jean-Pierre Rampal
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    Jean-Pierre Louis Rampal was a French flautist. He has been personally "credited with returning to the flute the popularity as a solo classical instrument it had not held since the 18th century."more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1922-2000)
    • Birthplace: Marseille, France
    • Profession: Flautist
    • Credits: Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio
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    Carmine Coppola
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    Carmine Coppola was an American composer, flautist, editor, musical director, and songwriter who contributed original music to The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now, and The Godfather Part III, all directed by his son Francis Ford Coppola.more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1910-1991)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Editor, Conductor, Film Score Composer, Arranger, Songwriter, + more
    • Credits: The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now, The Outsiders, The Godfather Part III, + more
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    Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is an Indian classical flautist. He plays in the North Indian tradition.more

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    • Age: age 77
    • Birthplace: Allahabad, India
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Flautist, Composer
    • Credits: Silsila, Darr, Lamhe, Faasle, Parampara, + more
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    Yusef Abdul Lateef was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer and educator for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community after his conversion to the Ahmadiyya sect of Islam in 1950. Although Lateef's main instruments were the tenor saxophone and flute, he also played oboe and bassoon, both rare in jazz, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 93 (1920-2013)
    • Birthplace: Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Flautist, Author, Oboist, Composer, + more
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    Andrew Latimer
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    Andrew Latimer is an English musician and composer who is founder and one of the original members of the progressive rock band Camel. He is mainly a guitarist and singer, but also a flautist and keyboardist. Latimer's most common guitar of choice is a Gibson Les Paul, but he is also known for playing ...more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: South East England, Surrey, Eurasia, United Kingdom, Guildford, + more
    • Profession: Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Audio Engineer, Lyricist, + more
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    Samuel Carthorne Rivers was an American jazz musician and composer. He performed on soprano and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet, flute, harmonica and piano. Active in jazz since the early 1950s, he earned wider attention during the mid-1960s spread of free jazz. With a thorough command of music theory, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1923-2011)
    • Birthplace: El Reno, Oklahoma, United States of America
    • Profession: Jazz Pianist, Musician, Bandleader, Flautist, Composer
    • Credits: Dizzy Gillespie: Summer Jazz: Live at New Jersey 1987
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