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

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

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

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

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Emmanuel Pahud is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
1522896003258 added Emmanuel Pahud Classical music, Jazz

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Hubert Laws is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Hubert Laws Classical music, Jazz

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Dave Valentin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time

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Jeanne Baxtresser is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
gnicholls added Jeanne Baxtresser

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Herbie Mann is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Marko Subic added Herbie Mann Disco, World music, Jazz

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Ron Burgundy is listed (or ranked) 10 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.

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Jim Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
bri-gri added Jim Lockhart Celtic Rock - Member of legendary Irish Celtic rock band, Horslips

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Thijs van Leer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Thijs van Leer Jazz, Progressive rock, Neoclassicism

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

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Jacques-Martin Hotteterre is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Jacques-Martin Hotteterre Classical; Baroque

The Best K-pop Dancers of All Time

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

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Frederick II of Prussia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Bryan James Umayam added Frederick II of Prussia

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Ray Thomas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
bri-gri added Ray Thomas Rock music

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Marco Di Meco is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
UlfangJilo added Marco Di Meco Jazz, Avant-garde - Italian jazz flutist and composer.

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10 10
Trevor Wye is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Trevor Wye Classical music

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Bobbi Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Bobbi Humphrey Jazz fusion, Jazz

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Paula Robison is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Brian Fox added Paula Robison

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Nestor Torres is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Nestor Torres Classical; contemporary; folk

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Paul Horn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Paul Horn New Age, Jazz

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Yusef Lateef is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Yusef Lateef New Age music, Third stream, Swing music

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

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Gareth McLearnon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Gareth McLearnon Folk music, Classical music

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

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Lew Tabackin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time

The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

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Roberto Fabbriciani is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Roberto Fabbriciani Classical music

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

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Nelson Rangell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
John Patterson added Nelson Rangell Smooth jazz

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Larry Beauregard is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Larry Beauregard Contemporary classical music

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Andrea Griminelli is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Andrea Griminelli

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Hsu Wei Yen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
YOmom added Hsu Wei Yen

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Virginia Hudson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Virginia Hudson Classical; contemporary

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Alexander Zonjic is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
John Patterson added Alexander Zonjic

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Elida Inman Tjørve is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Elida Inman Tjørve Classical; contemporary; chamber

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Buddy Collette is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Buddy Collette Cool jazz, West Coast jazz, West Coast blues

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Robert Aiken is listed (or ranked) 39 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.

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Ron Korb is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Ron Korb New Age, World music, Jazz

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Ana Caram is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Ana Caram Bossa nova

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Jadwiga Kotnowska is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Jadwiga Kotnowska Classical music

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Burton Cummings is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
bri-gri added Burton Cummings Rock music

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Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

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Mindi Abair is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Mindi Abair Pop music, Smooth jazz, Soul music

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Henk Lauwers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Henk Lauwers Classical; contemporary

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Derek Charke is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Derek Charke Classical; contemporary

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Andrew Latimer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Andrew Latimer Progressive rock, Canterbury scene, Symphonic rock

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Greg Ham is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Greg Ham Folk; contemporary; new world

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David Odzelashvili is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
lazareodzelashvili added David Odzelashvili