music The Best Flautists in the World  

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List Rules This list is all about the best living flautists, so vote them up and add your favorites to the list.

The flute is one of the most beautiful musical instruments in the world. The instrument has permeated through dozens of genres of music, lending itself to help create some of the most moving and emotional pieces of music in history. The people on this list are masters of the flute and are considered giants in the musical world.  

Whether you recognize these musicians or not, they've all carved a place out for themselves in the music business and have become influential and prominent figures in the industry. If you love geeking out on music, we definitely recommend finding some of their music. 

This list is votable and rerankable, so take a look through and vote up your favorite flautist in the world. If you don't see someone on here who should be, feel free to add them, but this list is for living musicians only.

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Emmanuel Pahud is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Emmanuel Pahud Classical music, Jazz

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James Galway is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
James Galway Pop music, Classical music

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Jasmine Choi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
FluteLover47 added Jasmine Choi

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Ian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Ian Anderson Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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Emily Beynon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Andrew James Watkins added Emily Beynon

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William Bennett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
William Bennett Classical

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27 10
Mathieu Dufour is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Mathieu Dufour Classical; contemporary

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29 12
Denis Bouriakov is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Andrew James Watkins added Denis Bouriakov

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27 12
Aurele Nicolet is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Flautists in the World

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Hariprasad Chaurasia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Gunner4Ever added Hariprasad Chaurasia Film score, Hindustani classical music

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Trevor Wye is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Trevor Wye Classical music

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Paula Robison is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Paula Robison Classical

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Jeanne Baxtresser is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Jeanne Baxtresser Classical; contemporary

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Robert Aitken is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
gnicholls added Robert Aitken Classical; contemporary

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Leone Buyse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Leone Buyse Classical; contemporary

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11 8
Michel Debost is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Michel Debost Classical; contemporary

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Jasmine Choi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
FluteLover47 added Jasmine Choi

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Carol Wincenc is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Carol Wincenc Classical; contemporary

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12 10
Robert Langevin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Robert Langevin Classical; contemporary

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8 8
Walfrid Kujala is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Walfrid Kujala Celtic; new world; jazz

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Nina Perlove is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Nina Perlove Classical

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Timothy Hutchins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
gnicholls added Timothy Hutchins

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Robert Dick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Robert Dick Jazz; blues; new world

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9 11
Gary Schocker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Gary Schocker Classical; contemporary; jazz; blues

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6 8
Bill McBirnie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Bill McBirnie Classical; jazz; new world

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5 7
Ransom Wilson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Ransom Wilson Classical; contemporary

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Keshav Ginde is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Keshav Ginde Classical; contemporary

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4 6
Peter Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Peter Lloyd Classical; contemporary

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Rhonda Larson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Rhonda Larson Classical; contemporary

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8 11
Eugenia Zuckerman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Eugenia Zuckerman Classical; contemporary

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8 11
Nestor Torres is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Nestor Torres Classical; contemporary

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8 11
Laurel Zucker is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Laurel Zucker Classical; contemporary

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7 10
Bobbi Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Bobbi Humphrey Jazz fusion, Jazz

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Ron Korb is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Ron Korb New Age, World music, Jazz

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Susan Milan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Susan Milan Classical; contemporary

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Jeanne Galway is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Jeanne Galway Classical; contemporary; pop

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Susan Hoeppner is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
gnicholls added Susan Hoeppner

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5 9
Viviana Guzman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Viviana Guzman Classical; contemporary

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4 8
Tim Weisberg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Tim Weisberg Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz; country

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7 12
Jeremy Steig is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Jeremy Steig Jazz fusion, Jazz

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9 15
Alexa Still is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Alexa Still Pop; new world; contemporary