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The Greatest Flautists of All Time 

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Updated June 14, 2019 2.3k votes 795 voters 14k views 69 items

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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Ian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
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James Galway is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
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Jean-Pierre Rampal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
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Emmanuel Pahud is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
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Aurele Nicolet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
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Jasmine Choi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
harshraj added Jasmine Choi
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Jeanne Baxtresser is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
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Hubert Laws is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
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Herbie Mann is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
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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
The most unbelievable jazz flautist of our time.
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Dave Valentin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
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Şefika Kutluer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
AlpanBalkis added Şefika Kutluer
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Thijs van Leer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
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Frederick II of Prussia ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
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Jim Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
bri-gri added Jim Lockhart
Member of legendary Irish Celtic rock band, Horslips
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Trevor Wye is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
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Paula Robison is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Brian Fox added
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Kudsi Ergüner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
AlpanBalkis added Kudsi Ergüner
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Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
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Nestor Torres is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
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Yusef Lateef is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
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Ray Thomas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
bri-gri added Ray Thomas
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Jacques-Martin Hotteterr... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
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Jeremy Steig is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
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Bobbi Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time