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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.
list ordered by
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James Galway is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Pop music, Classical music
2
Jean-Pierre Rampal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Classical music, Jazz
3
Ian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock
4
Emmanuel Pahud is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
sarahhoganflute added Classical music, Jazz
5
Aurele Nicolet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
6
Jasmine Choi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
harshraj added Jasmine Choi
7
Hubert Laws is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Classical music, Jazz
8
Jeanne Baxtresser is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
gnicholls added
9
Şefika Kutluer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
AlpanBalkis added Şefika Kutluer Classical
10
Herbie Mann is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Marko Subic added Disco, World music, Jazz
11
Dave Valentin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
12
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
Frederick II of Prussia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Bryan James Umayam added
14
Kudsi Ergüner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
AlpanBalkis added Kudsi Ergüner
15
Trevor Wye is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Classical music
16
Jim Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
bri-gri added Jim Lockhart Celtic Rock
Member of legendary Irish Celtic rock band, Horslips
17
Paula Robison is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Brian Fox added
18
Ray Thomas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
bri-gri added Ray Thomas Rock music
19
Thijs van Leer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Jazz, Progressive rock, Neoclassicism
20
Bobbi Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Jazz fusion, Jazz
21
Jeremy Steig is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Jazz fusion, Jazz
22
Jacques-Martin Hotteterre is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Classical; Baroque
23
Nestor Torres is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Classical; contemporary; folk
24
Yusef Lateef is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
New Age music, Third stream, Swing music
25
Robert Aiken is listed (or ranked) 25 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.