Classical 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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James Galway is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Pop music, Classical music

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298 132
Emmanuel Pahud is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Classical music, Jazz

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136 71
Jasmine Choi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
FluteLover47 added Jasmine Choi

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86 46
Denis Bouriakov is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Andrew James Watkins added Denis Bouriakov

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152 97
Ian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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90 50
William Bennett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
William Bennett Classical

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57 26
Hariprasad Chaurasia is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Gunner4Ever added Film score, Hindustani classical music

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52 23
Aurele Nicolet is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Flautists in the World

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63 32
Mathieu Dufour is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Mathieu Dufour Classical; contemporary

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55 27
Emily Beynon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Andrew James Watkins added Emily Beynon

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59 33
Trevor Wye is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Classical music

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41 26
Jeanne Baxtresser is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Classical; contemporary

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47 32
Paula Robison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Classical

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17 6
Patty Lazzara is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
SteveMarkoff added Patty Lazzara

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33 23
Jasmine Choi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
FluteLover47 added Jasmine Choi

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32 25
Carol Wincenc is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Carol Wincenc Classical; contemporary

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25 18
Michel Debost is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Michel Debost Classical; contemporary

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23 17
Robert Langevin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Robert Langevin Classical; contemporary

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21 15
Ron Korb is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
New Age, World music, Jazz

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17 12
Peter Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Peter Lloyd Classical; contemporary

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26 22
Leone Buyse is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Leone Buyse Classical; contemporary

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20 16
Robert Aitken is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
gnicholls added Robert Aitken Classical; contemporary

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15 13
Ransom Wilson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Ransom Wilson Classical; contemporary

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22 22
Rhonda Larson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Rhonda Larson Classical; contemporary

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6 5
Rakesh Chaurasia is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
ANINDYABHATTACHARYA added Rakesh Chaurasia

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22 23
Susan Milan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Susan Milan Classical; contemporary

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14 15
Walfrid Kujala is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Walfrid Kujala Celtic; new world; jazz

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6 6
Nityanand Haldipur is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
ANINDYABHATTACHARYA added Nityanand Haldipur

Hindustani Classical, Maihar Senia Gharana

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18 20
Gary Schocker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Gary Schocker Classical; contemporary; jazz; blues

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2 2
Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
CIPP added Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson

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15 17
Laurel Zucker is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Laurel Zucker Classical; contemporary

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1 1
LJUBISA JOVANOVIC is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
milris46 added LJUBISA JOVANOVIC Classic, JAZZ, Contemporary

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1 1
Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
CIPP added Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson

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0 0
Paul Edmund-Davies is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
NigelEdmund-Jones added Paul Edmund-Davies

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13 15
Nestor Torres is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Classical; contemporary

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13 15
Bobbi Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Jazz fusion, Jazz

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9 11
Timothy Hutchins is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
gnicholls added Timothy Hutchins

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14 17
Eugenia Zuckerman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Eugenia Zuckerman Classical; contemporary

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12 15
Bill McBirnie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Bill McBirnie Classical; jazz; new world

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17 21
Robert Dick is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Jazz; blues; new world

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11 14
Viviana Guzman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Viviana Guzman Classical; contemporary

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10 13
Jeremy Steig is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Jazz fusion, Jazz

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2 4
Jana Jarkovská is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Bohumir Stehlik added Jana Jarkovská

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2 4
Ian Clarke is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
IanW added Contemporary

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7 10
Keshav Ginde is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Keshav Ginde Classical; contemporary

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1 3
Linnéa Villén is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
kakashi101able added Linnéa Villén

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16 21
Alexa Still is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Alexa Still Pop; new world; contemporary

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21 27
Nina Perlove is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Nina Perlove Classical

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8 12
Tim Weisberg is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Tim Weisberg Classical; contemporary; blues; jazz; country

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26 34
Jeanne Galway is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Jeanne Galway Classical; contemporary; pop