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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286 121
James Galway is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Pop music, Classical music

2
327 144
Emmanuel Pahud is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Classical music, Jazz

3
157 80
Jasmine Choi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
FluteLover47 added Jasmine Choi

4
169 105
Ian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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95 50
Denis Bouriakov is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Andrew James Watkins added Denis Bouriakov

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97 54
William Bennett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
William Bennett Classical

7
68 34
Mathieu Dufour is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Mathieu Dufour Classical; contemporary

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55 25
Aurele Nicolet is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Flautists in the World

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62 31
Hariprasad Chaurasia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Gunner4Ever added Film score, Hindustani classical music

10
59 30
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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64 39
Trevor Wye is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Classical music

12
49 28
Jeanne Baxtresser is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Classical; contemporary

13
53 35
Paula Robison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Classical

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39 24
Jasmine Choi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
FluteLover47 added Jasmine Choi

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18 8
Patty Lazzara is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
SteveMarkoff added Patty Lazzara

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28 20
Michel Debost is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Michel Debost Classical; contemporary

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34 27
Carol Wincenc is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Carol Wincenc Classical; contemporary

18
25 19
Robert Langevin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Robert Langevin Classical; contemporary

19
18 14
Peter Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Peter Lloyd Classical; contemporary

20
27 24
Leone Buyse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Leone Buyse Classical; contemporary

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21 18
Robert Aitken is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
gnicholls added Robert Aitken Classical; contemporary

22
21 18
Ron Korb is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
New Age, World music, Jazz

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17 17
Walfrid Kujala is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Walfrid Kujala Celtic; new world; jazz

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16 16
Ransom Wilson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Ransom Wilson Classical; contemporary

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24 26
Susan Milan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Flautists in the World
Susan Milan Classical; contemporary