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The Most Famous Flautists

Flautists are perhaps some of the most underrated musicians in the scene but it is without a shadow of doubt that flutes bring out many emotions and tones that other instruments simply cannot. They lend a different feel to orchestras and even as solos. But who are the most famous flautists?

Sharon Bezaly (born 1972)

Bezaly made her solo debut at just age 13 with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic. She was a child prodigy and she later went on to be named one of the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists. After that, she began the journey of her immensely successful solo career. Twenty concertos have been dedicated to her by composers including Kalevi Aho and Sofia Gubaidulina. What’s more, solo and chamber works have been written for her by the likes of Sally Beamish, Anders Hillborg and José Serebrier.

Emmanuel Pahud (born 1970)

Pahud was the youngest player to join the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra at just age 22 as the principal flute. He left the orchestra in 2000 in order to tour worldwide and pursue teaching, but returned in 2002, under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle. Thanks to the momentum of his early career, Pahud’s workload increased from 50 concerts a year to roughly 160. His tireless approach to performing cements his place as one of the greatest flautists.

Katherine Bryan (born 1982)

Katherine Bryan was appointed to the position of principal flute in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at just age 21, where she still performs today. Aside from playing as an orchestral and solo flautist, she is also a teacher at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Her beautiful tone and emotional interpretation of the music make her recordings a pleasure to listen to, and her technical agility is impressive.


This list is definitely not limited to just these three amazing flautists but it does give you a quick insight into them.


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