Flute Player

Bud Shank

Bud Shank About Flautist who performed the alto flute solo on The Mamas & The Papas song “California Dreamin’.” He was also a member of the Innovations in Modern Music Orchestra, led by Stan Kenton. Life Before Becoming Famous He was initiated into the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity while attending University of North Carolina. Other […]

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Viviana Guzman

Viviana Guzman About Chilean professional flute player, composer, and dancer who is known for both her performances with musical groups as well as her solo works. She has performed as a soloist for several orchestras including with Wisconsin, Vermont, and Houston and has performed at New York City’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Avery […]

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Thijs Van Leer

Thijs Van Leer About Dutch musician and flautist who is best known for heading the progressive rock band Focus. He also plays whistles and can yodel. Life Before Becoming Famous He received his first flute from his father at age eleven and he studied History of Art at Amsterdam University. Other Informations In the 1970s […]

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Theodosii Spassov

Theodosii Spassov About Jazz musician known for his skill with the kaval, an end-blown flute. He has been the recipient of awards, including winning the 1994 Special Prize of Detroit Flute Festival. Life Before Becoming Famous He attended the Kotel Music School and the Academy of Music and Dance. He went on to develop a […]

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Shashank Subramanyam

Shashank Subramanyam About Grammy Award-nominated flautist who is known for playing the bamboo flute. He has received many awards and honors, including The National Integration Award of the Spirit of Unity series. Life Before Becoming Famous He was a child prodigy and was already performing in front of large crowds at age six. Other Informations […]

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Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Rahsaan Roland Kirk About Flautist and tenor saxophonist who was known for his stage presence, which included improvisations and political rants. Life Before Becoming Famous He went blind when he was young due to poor medical treatment. Other Informations He typically appeared on stage with all three horns hanging around his neck, as well as […]

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Raymond Carlos Nakai

Raymond Carlos Nakai About Native American flautist who blends the traditions and music of his heritage with the styles of other cultures. Life Before Becoming Famous He played in the Armed Forces Band while enlisted in the US Navy. Other Informations His albums Earth Spirit and Canyon Trilogy are notably the only Native American albums […]

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Paula Robison

Paula Robison About As a solo flautist, Robison is considered one of the most influential musicians in her field. She was the recipient of the Classical Recording Foundation Award in 2006. Life Before Becoming Famous She studied the flute at the University of Southern California and graduated from the Julliard School with a BS in […]

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Paul Taffanel

Paul Taffanel About French flautist who founded the French Flute School and who worked as a conductor and composer over the course of his career. Life Before Becoming Famous He took his first flute lessons from his father at age nine and put on his first concert a year later. Other Informations He was the […]

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Nicole Mitchell

Nicole Mitchell About Jazz flautist famous for critically-acclaimed releases like 2008’s “Xenogenesis Suite” and 2013’s “Aquarius.” She is also the former President of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and is the first female president in the organization’s history. Life Before Becoming Famous She lived in Syracuse, New York until she was eight. […]

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Matt Molloy

Matt Molloy About Acclaimed Irish flautist widely considered one of the most influential of all time. He has been a member of groups like The Bothy Band and Planxty. Life Before Becoming Famous At seventeen he was the winner of the All-Ireland Flute Championship. Other Informations He has hosted Irish music concerts at his personal […]

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Masakazu Yoshizawa

Masakazu Yoshizawa About Japanese American flautist who mastered the bamboo flute. He has been a scholar of traditional Japanese music and instruments. Life Before Becoming Famous He learned to play the accordion when he was nine years old and later turned his interests towards the piano, several woodwinds, and the shakuhach. Other Informations He was […]

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Marcel Moyse

Marcel Moyse About French flautist and composer who also worked as a teacher. He was the recipient of compositions crafted specifically for him, including the Flute Concerto by Jacques Ibert. Life Before Becoming Famous He studied at the Paris Conservatory under the masters of the time, Phillippe Gaubert and Paul Taffanel. Other Informations He founded […]

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Leo Rojas

Leo Rojas About Professional panflutist who is best recognized for having competed on the fifth season of the German edition of America’s Got Talent, Das Supertalent. He is also known for having released the hit singles “The Lonely Shepherd”, “El Condor Pasa”, and “Nature Spirits”.  Life Before Becoming Famous After busking and performing on the streets for […]

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Katherine Hoover

Katherine Hoover About American award-winning flutist and composer known for flute compositions like Winter Spirits. She taught at the Manhattan School of Music for 15 years. Life Before Becoming Famous She claims to have been able to read music before she could read words. Other Informations She received the New York State Music Teachers’ Association […]