10 Famous Flute Players In History

Added by Edan Barak on Apr 10, 2019

Jeanne Baxtresser

Those people who achieve greatest success in life generally start out in their chosen field at a young age. This is particularly true of Jeanne Baxtresser, who made her orchestral debut at the tender age of 14, with the Minnesota Orchestra. Her talent and fame went from strength to strength, and she ended up being Principal Flute in no less than three different orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, where she was Solo Flutist.

In honor of her successes, she has been given numerous prestigious awards, including the National Flute Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. Baxtresser may be one of the best female flute players ever, but she certainly outshines most of the men as well!


William Bennett

If you want to listen to someone playing the flute with a very warm, rounded tone, then William Bennett is your guy. He has received worldwide recognition for his flute playing, including the National Flute Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, the British Flute Society's Flautist Laureate, and even an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for his services to music.

When it comes to the flute, you name it, Bennett has done it. He has taught, played, composed and recorded music; he even trained with some very well-known names such as Marcel Moyce and Geoffrey Gilbert. He has performed with a number of orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, and over the years he has been trying to improve the flute - even building a new one! I think it's fair to say that whatever William Bennett doesn't know about music - the flute in particular - ain't worth knowing.

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