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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116 48
James Galway is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Pop music, Classical music

2
118 51
Jean-Pierre Rampal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Classical music, Jazz

3
158 90
Ian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

4
30 5
Emmanuel Pahud is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
sarahhoganflute added Classical music, Jazz

5
40 13
Aurele Nicolet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time

6
22 8
Şefika Kutluer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
AlpanBalkis added Şefika Kutluer Classical

7
27 14
Jeanne Baxtresser is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
gnicholls added

8
24 14
Herbie Mann is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Marko Subic added Disco, World music, Jazz

9
30 20
Hubert Laws is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Classical music, Jazz

10
28 19
Dave Valentin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time

11
49 40
Ron Burgundy is listed (or ranked) 11 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.

12
12 5
Kudsi Ergüner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
AlpanBalkis added Kudsi Ergüner

13
17 11
Frederick II of Prussia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Bryan James Umayam added

14
13 7
Jasmine Choi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
harshraj added Jasmine Choi

15
24 21
Jim Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
bri-gri added Jim Lockhart Celtic Rock - Member of legendary Irish Celtic rock band, Horslips

16
15 13
Jeremy Steig is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Jazz fusion, Jazz

17
14 12
Trevor Wye is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Classical music

18
12 10
Ray Thomas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
bri-gri added Ray Thomas Rock music

19
34 34
Thijs van Leer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Jazz, Progressive rock, Neoclassicism

20
6 4
Paula Robison is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Brian Fox added

21
15 14
Jacques-Martin Hotteterre is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Classical; Baroque

22
4 3
Mercan Dede is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
AlpanBalkis added Mercan Dede World music

23
10 10
Marco Di Meco is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
UlfangJilo added Marco Di Meco Jazz, Avant-garde - Italian jazz flutist and composer.

24
18 19
Ron Korb is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
New Age, World music, Jazz

25
16 17
Yusef Lateef is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
New Age music, Third stream, Swing music