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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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Ron Burgundy is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Thijs van Leer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Thijs van Leer Jazz, Progressive rock, Neoclassicism

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

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

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

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Jacques-Martin Hotteterre is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Jacques-Martin Hotteterre Classical; Baroque

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Marco Di Meco is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Jim Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Dave Valentin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time

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Jeremy Steig is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Jeremy Steig Jazz fusion, Jazz

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Bobbi Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Bobbi Humphrey Jazz fusion, Jazz

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Trevor Wye is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Trevor Wye Classical music

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

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Nelson Rangell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
John Patterson added Nelson Rangell Smooth jazz

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Nestor Torres is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Nestor Torres Classical; contemporary; folk

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Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
bri-gri added Peter Gabriel New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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Paul Horn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Paul Horn New Age, Jazz

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Lew Tabackin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time

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Roberto Fabbriciani is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Roberto Fabbriciani Classical music

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Hsu Wei Yen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
YOmom added Hsu Wei Yen

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Elida Inman Tjørve is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Elida Inman Tjørve Classical; contemporary; chamber

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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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Virginia Hudson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Virginia Hudson Classical; contemporary

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Ray Thomas is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
bri-gri added Ray Thomas Rock music

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Larry Beauregard is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Larry Beauregard Contemporary classical music

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Derek Charke is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Derek Charke Classical; contemporary

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Ana Caram is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Ana Caram Bossa nova

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Ron Korb is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Ron Korb New Age, World music, Jazz

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Mindi Abair is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Mindi Abair Pop music, Smooth jazz, Soul music

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Alexander Zonjic is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
John Patterson added Alexander Zonjic

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Andrew Latimer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Andrew Latimer Progressive rock, Canterbury scene, Symphonic rock

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Buddy Collette is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Buddy Collette Cool jazz, West Coast jazz, West Coast blues

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Greg Ham is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Greg Ham Folk; contemporary; new world

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Robert Aiken is listed (or ranked) 38 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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Jadwiga Kotnowska is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Jadwiga Kotnowska Classical music

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Burton Cummings is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
bri-gri added Burton Cummings Rock music

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David Odzelashvili is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
lazareodzelashvili added David Odzelashvili

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Henk Lauwers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Henk Lauwers Classical; contemporary

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Doriot Anthony Dwyer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Doriot Anthony Dwyer Classical music

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Cecil Payne is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Cecil Payne Hard bop, Bebop

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Andrea Griminelli is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Andrea Griminelli

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James Carter is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
James Carter Avant-garde jazz, Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion

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Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

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Michael J. Parlett is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Michael J. Parlett Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Soul music

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Pravin Godkhindi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
Pravin Godkhindi Hindustani classical music

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David Jackson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Flautists of All Time
bri-gri added David Jackson Progressive rock