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List of famous flautists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top flautists in the world? This includes the most prominent flautists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable flautists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic flautists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned flautists.

Items on this list include Herbie Hancock and India.Arie.

From reputable, prominent, and well known flautists to the lesser known flautists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the flautist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous flautists ever?" and "What are the names of famous flautists?" then you're in the right place. (165 items)

Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Herbie Hancock Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer. Starting his career with jazz legend Donald Byrd, he shortly thereafter joined the Miles ...more

India.Arie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Flautists
India.Arie India Arie is a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer. She has sold over 3.3 million records in the US and 10 million worldwide. She has won four Grammy ...more

Candace Kita is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Candace Kita Candace Kita is an Asian-American actress, wine vintner, and Managing Editor of Viva Glam Magazine, a nationwide hard copy women's lifestyle magazine. She is also a women's safety advocate and ...more

Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Ann Wilson Ann Dustin Wilson is an American musician, best known as the lead singer, flute player, songwriter, and occasional guitar player of the hard rock band Heart. Regarded as one of the best female ...more

Eric Dolphy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Eric Dolphy Eric Allan Dolphy, Jr. was an American jazz alto saxophonist, flautist, and bass clarinetist. On a few occasions, he also played the clarinet, and piccolo. Dolphy was one of several ...more

Edward McGuire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Edward McGuire Edward McGuire is a Scottish composer. He studied composition with James Iliff at the Royal Academy of Music in London from 1966 to 1970 and then with Ingvar Lidholm in Stockholm in 1971. His ...more

Charles Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Charles Lloyd Charles Lloyd is an American jazz musician. Though he primarily plays tenor saxophone and flute, he has occasionally recorded on other reed instruments, including alto saxophone and the ...more

Paul Horn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Paul Horn Paul Horn was an American jazz flautist, and an early pioneer of New Age music.

Aurele Nicolet is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Aurele Nicolet Aurèle Nicolet is a Swiss flautist. He is considered as one of the world's best flute players of the late twentieth century. He has performed in various international concerts. A number ...more

Andrea Griminelli is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Andrea Griminelli

Michael Flatley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Michael Flatley Michael Ryan Flatley is an American-born Irish dancer, choreographer and musician. He became internationally known for Irish dance shows Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, Feet of Flames, and Celtic ...more

Ana Caram is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Ana Caram Ana Caram is a Brazilian singer, guitarist and flutist best known for her bossa nova music. Caram was born in São Paulo to a family versed in musical expression. She graduated from ...more

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James Galway is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Flautists
James Galway Sir James Galway, OBE is a virtuoso flute player from Belfast, Northern Ireland, nicknamed "The Man With the Golden Flute". Following in the footsteps of Jean-Pierre Rampal, he became ...more

Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Peter Gabriel Peter Brian Gabriel is an English singer-songwriter, musician and humanitarian activist who rose to fame as the lead vocalist and flautist of the progressive rock band Genesis. After leaving ...more

Jean-Pierre Rampal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Jean-Pierre Rampal Jean-Pierre Louis Rampal was a French flautist. He has been personally "credited with returning to the flute the popularity as a solo classical instrument it had not held since the 18th

Carmine Coppola is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Carmine Coppola Carmine Coppola was an American composer, flautist, editor, musical director, and songwriter who contributed original music to The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now, and The ...more

Hariprasad Chaurasia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Hariprasad Chaurasia Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is an Indian classical flautist. He plays in the North Indian tradition.

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Yusef Lateef is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Yusef Lateef Yusef Abdul Lateef was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer and educator for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community after his conversion to the Ahmadiyya sect of Islam in 1950. Although ...more

Andrew Latimer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Andrew Latimer Andrew Latimer is an English musician and composer who is founder and one of the original members of the progressive rock band Camel. He is mainly a guitarist and singer, but also a flautist and ...more

Sam Rivers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Sam Rivers Samuel Carthorne Rivers was an American jazz musician and composer. He performed on soprano and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet, flute, harmonica and piano. Active in jazz since the early 1950s, ...more

Czesław Niemen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Czesław Niemen Czesław Niemen, real name Czesław Juliusz Wydrzycki, was one of the most important and original Polish singer-songwriters and rock balladeers of the last quarter-century, singing mainly in

Bill Douglass is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Bill Douglass Bill Douglass is a bassist and flutist.

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Mindi Abair is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Mindi Abair Mindi Abair is a two time Grammy nominated, American saxophonist, vocalist, author, and President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the ...more

Joe Lovano is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Joe Lovano Joseph Salvatore "Joe" Lovano is an American post bop jazz saxophonist, alto clarinetist, flautist, and drummer. Since the late 1980s, Lovano has been one of the world's premiere tenor ...more

Marty Ehrlich is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Marty Ehrlich Marty Ehrlich is a multi-instrumentalist and is considered one of the leading figures in experimental or avant-garde jazz.

Ashleigh Ball is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Ashleigh Ball Ashleigh Ball is Canadian voice actress and singer, known for voicing characters in several toyetic movies and television series, notably the Barbie film series, Littlest Pet Shop, and My Little ...more

William Alwyn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Flautists
William Alwyn William Alwyn CBE, born William Alwyn Smith, was an English composer, conductor, and music teacher.

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David Conley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Flautists
David Conley David "Pic" Conley is an American jazz flute player, songwriter and producer.

Greg Ham is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Greg Ham Gregory Norman "Greg" Ham was an Australian songwriter, actor and saxophone player known for playing multiple instruments in the 1980s band Men at Work. In addition to the saxophone, ...more

Kenny Garrett is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Kenny Garrett Kenny Garrett is a Grammy Award-winning American post bop jazz saxophonist and flautist who gained fame in his youth as a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra and of Miles Davis's band. He has ...more

Ian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Ian Anderson Ian Scott Anderson, MBE is a British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his work as the lead vocalist, flautist and acoustic guitarist of British rock band Jethro Tull. ...more

James Carter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Flautists
James Carter James Carter is an American jazz musician.

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Rahsaan Roland Kirk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Rahsaan Roland Kirk was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist who played tenor saxophone, flute and many other instruments. He was renowned for his onstage vitality, during which virtuoso ...more

Thijs van Leer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Thijs van Leer Thijs van Leer is a Dutch musician, singer and composer, best known for heading the Dutch progressive rock band, Focus, as primary vocalist, Hammond organ player, and flautist. He also yodels ...more

Alice Nellis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Alice Nellis Alice Nellis is a Czech filmmaker. Nellis first worked as a flautist before studying English literature and American literature. She worked temporarily as a web designer for the Czech Ministry ...more

Frans Brüggen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Frans Brüggen Franciscus Jozef Brüggen was a Dutch conductor, recorder player and baroque flautist.

Buddy Collette is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Buddy Collette William Marcel "Buddy" Collette was an American tenor saxophonist, flautist, and clarinetist. He was highly influential in the West coast jazz and West Coast blues mediums, also ...more

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Frankie Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Frankie Kennedy Frankie Kennedy was a flute and tin whistle player born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He was also the co-founder of the band Altan, formed with his wife Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh. The ...more

Bud Shank is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Bud Shank Clifford Everett "Bud" Shank, Jr. was an American alto saxophonist and flautist. He rose to prominence in the early 1950s playing lead alto and flute in Stan Kenton's Innovations in ...more

Jacques-Martin Hotteterre is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Jacques-Martin Hotteterre Jacques-Martin Hotteterre, also known as Jacques Martin or Jacques Hotteterre, was a French composer and flautist. Jacques-Martin Hotteterre was the most celebrated of a family of wind ...more

Andrew Woolfolk is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Andrew Woolfolk Andrew Woolfolk was a member of the musical group, Earth, Wind Fire.

Lew Tabackin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Lew Tabackin Lew Tabackin is a jazz flutist and a tenor saxophonist. He is married to Toshiko Akiyoshi, who is a jazz pianist and a composer/arranger.

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Julie Fowlis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Julie Fowlis Julie Fowlis is a Scottish folk singer and multi-instrumentalist who sings primarily in Scottish Gaelic.

Dave Valentin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Dave Valentin Dave Valentin is a jazz flutist. He first learned latin percussion, and then switched to flute. Valentin's teacher, Hubert Laws, suggested that he not double on saxophone because of his ...more

Derek Charke is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Derek Charke Derek Charke is a Canadian classical composer and flutist.

Øystein Sevåg is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Øystein Sevåg Øystein Sevåg is a Norwegian classical and world music composer and musician.

Nestor Torres is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Nestor Torres Néstor Torres is a jazz flautist born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, in 1957. He took flute lessons at age 12 and began formal studies at the Escuela Libre de Música, eventually ...more

George Adams is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Flautists
George Adams George Rufus Adams was an American jazz musician who played tenor saxophone, flute and bass clarinet. He is best known for his work with Charles Mingus, Gil Evans, Roy Haynes and in the quartet ...more

Bobbi Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Bobbi Humphrey Barbara Ann Humphrey is an American jazz flutist and singer who plays fusion, jazz-funk and soul-jazz styles. Bobbi Humphrey has performed for audiences around the world. She was born in Marlin, ...more

Andrew Findon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Flautists
Andrew Findon Andrew Findon is an English woodwind player. He was educated at Harrow County School and The Royal College of Music. He has been baritone saxophone and flute player in the Michael Nyman Band ...more