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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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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 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 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
James Galway is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Flautists
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 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 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 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
Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is an Indian classical flautist. He plays in the North Indian tradition.
Yusef Lateef is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Flautists
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 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
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, 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.
Mindi Abair is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Flautists
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
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 is a multi-instrumentalist and is considered one of the leading figures in experimental or avant-garde jazz.