Bands/Musicians 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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104 40
James Galway is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Pop music, Classical music

2
107 44
Jean-Pierre Rampal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Classical music, Jazz

3
140 79
Ian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

4
33 11
Aurele Nicolet is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time

5
21 3
Şefika Kutluer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
AlpanBalkis added Şefika Kutluer Classical

6
18 3
Emmanuel Pahud is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
1522896003258 added Classical music, Jazz

7
21 11
Jeanne Baxtresser is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
gnicholls added

8
26 16
Hubert Laws is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Classical music, Jazz

9
11 2
Kudsi Ergüner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
AlpanBalkis added Kudsi Ergüner

10
17 8
Herbie Mann is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Marko Subic added Disco, World music, Jazz

11
23 15
Dave Valentin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time

12
42 36
Ron Burgundy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
bri-gri added Ron Burgundy Jazz, Jazz Funk, Jazz fusion - The most unbelievable jazz flautist of our time.

13
15 10
Jeremy Steig is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Jazz fusion, Jazz

14
13 8
Frederick II of Prussia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Bryan James Umayam added

15
9 4
Jasmine Choi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
harshraj added Jasmine Choi

16
15 11
Jacques-Martin Hotteterre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Classical; Baroque

17
21 18
Jim Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
bri-gri added Jim Lockhart Celtic Rock - Member of legendary Irish Celtic rock band, Horslips

18
13 10
Trevor Wye is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Classical music

19
4 1
Mercan Dede is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
AlpanBalkis added Mercan Dede World music

20
10 8
Ray Thomas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
bri-gri added Ray Thomas Rock music

21
10 8
Marco Di Meco is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
UlfangJilo added Marco Di Meco Jazz, Avant-garde - Italian jazz flutist and composer.

22
32 32
Thijs van Leer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Jazz, Progressive rock, Neoclassicism

23
12 11
Bobbi Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Jazz fusion, Jazz

24
15 15
Nestor Torres is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Classical; contemporary; folk

25
4 3
Paula Robison is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Brian Fox added

26
16 17
Ron Korb is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
New Age, World music, Jazz

27
13 14
Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
bri-gri added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

28
11 12
Paul Horn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
New Age, Jazz

29
14 16
Yusef Lateef is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
New Age music, Third stream, Swing music

30
5 6
Doriot Anthony Dwyer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Doriot Anthony Dwyer Classical music

31
0 1
Paula Robinson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Brian Fox added Paula Robinson

32
6 8
Virginia Hudson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Classical; contemporary

33
6 8
Lew Tabackin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time

34
4 6
Ana Caram is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Bossa nova

35
6 9
Gareth McLearnon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Folk music, Classical music

36
5 8
Roberto Fabbriciani is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Roberto Fabbriciani Classical music

37
4 7
Robert Aiken is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
gnicholls added Robert Aiken Robert Aitken is a Canadian flautist, composer, and specialist in new music.

38
3 6
Jadwiga Kotnowska is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Jadwiga Kotnowska Classical music

39
6 10
Andrea Griminelli is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Andrea Griminelli

40
6 10
Nelson Rangell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
John Patterson added Smooth jazz

41
4 8
Hsu Wei Yen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
YOmom added Hsu Wei Yen

42
4 8
Alexander Zonjic is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
John Patterson added Alexander Zonjic

43
3 7
Buddy Collette is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Cool jazz, West Coast jazz, West Coast blues

44
2 6
Burton Cummings is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
bri-gri added Rock music

45
1 5
Derek Charke is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Classical; contemporary

46
1 5
Larry Beauregard is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Larry Beauregard Contemporary classical music

47
1 5
Henk Lauwers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Henk Lauwers Classical; contemporary

48
10 16
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

49
5 10
Mindi Abair is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Pop music, Smooth jazz, Soul music

50
4 9
Elida Inman Tjørve is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Elida Inman Tjørve Classical; contemporary; chamber