Famous Flutists in History

Events in Music

  • 1938-05-30 Walter Piston's dance work, The Incredible Flutist, written for the Boston Pops Orchestra, which premieres it, Arthur Fiedler conducting

Birthdays in Music

  • 1674-09-29 Jacques Hotteterre, French composer and flautist, born in Paris (d. 1762)
  • 1697-01-30 Johann Joachim Quantz, German royal flautist & composer, born in Scheden, Germany (d. 1773)
  • 1740-10-26 Ernest Louis Muller, Polish composer and flautist, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1811)
  • 1769-08-14 Friedrich Dülon, German flautist and composer, born in Oranienburg (d. 1826)
  • 1772-02-26 Caspar Fürstenau, German flautist and composer, born in Münster (d. 1819)
  • 1794-04-09 Theobald Boehm, German inventor of the modern flute, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1881)
  • 1821-10-16 Albert Franz Doppler, Austrian flautist and composer, born in Lemberg, Austrian Empire (now Lviv, Ukraine) (d. 1883)
  • 1834-10-03 Vilém Blodek, Czech pianist, flautist, and composer, born in Prague (d. 1874)
  • 1899-11-29 Arvid Kleven, Norwegian flautist and composer, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 1929)
  • 1907-02-10 Walter "Foots" Thomas, American saxophonist, flutist, and arranger (Cab Calloway Orchestra), born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, (d. 1981)
  • 1917-06-13 Philip Bodner, American jazz clarinetist and studio musician (also played flute, oboe, saxophone, piccolo, and English horn), born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 2008)
  • 1918-07-30 Joe Daley, American jazz tenor, clarinet and flute player, born in Salem, Ohio (d. 1994)
  • 1919-01-05 Severino Gazzelloni, Italian flautist, born in Roccasecca, Italy (d. 1992)
  • 1920-05-13 Gareth Morris, British flautist (d. 2007)
  • 1920-10-09 Yusef Lateef [William Huddleston], American jazz saxophonist and flautist, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 2013)
  • 1922-01-04 Frank Wess, flutist/saxophonist/composer, (d. 2013)
  • 1922-01-07 Jean-Pierre Rampal, French classical flautist (The Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano), born in Marseilles, France (d. 2000)
  • 1924-11-28 (Gerrit Cornelis) "Kees" Otten, Dutch flautist and recorder player, born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (d. 2008)
  • 1925-02-19 Jindřich Feld, Czech composer (Concerto for Flute and Orchestra), born in Prague (d. 2007)
  • 1925-03-25 James Moody, American jazz saxophonist, flutist and orchestra leader
  • 1926-01-01 Claire Polin [Schaff], composer flautist/musicologist
  • 1926-01-22 Aurèle Nicolet, Swiss flautist (Berlin Philharmonic), and educator, born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland (d. 2016)
  • 1926-01-26 Fritz Spiegl, Austrian-British classical flautist, broadcaster, composer, and wit, born in Zurndorf, Austria (d. 2003)
  • 1926-02-20 Bobby Jaspar, Belgian jazz saxophonist, flautist and composer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1963)
  • 1926-05-27 Clifford “Bud” Shank, American jazz saxophonist and flute player, born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • 1927-03-04 Robert DiDomenica, American flautist, composer and educator, born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1928-03-21 Ruth Anderson, American flutist, classical and electronic music composer (I Come Out of Your Sleep), born in Kalispell, Montana (d.2019)
  • 1928-06-07 Anthony Ortega, American session and jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, and flautist ( A Man and His Horns), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1928-11-15 Seldon Powell, American jazz tenor saxophonist and flautist, born in Lawrenceville, Virginia (d. 1997)
  • 1930-04-16 Herbie Mann, American jazz flutist (Just Wallin'), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1930-05-24 Hans-Martin Linde, German flute and recorder virtuoso, born in Werne, Germany
  • 1933-02-01 Sadao Watanabe, Japanese jazz and bossa nova saxophonist, and flute player, born in Utsunomiya, Japan
  • 1933-12-14 Leo Wright, American jazz saxophone and flute player (Dizzy Gillespie;; Blues Shout; I Left My Heart In San Francisco), born in Wichita Falls, Texas (d. 1991)
  • 1934-10-15 N. Ramani, Indian flutist, born in Tiruvarur, Tamil Nadu, India (d. 2015)
  • 1934-10-30 Frans Brüggen, Dutch flautist, recorder player, and conductor (Orchestra of the 18th Century), born in Amsterdam (d. 2014)
  • 1935-03-25 (Juan) "Johnny" Pacheco, Dominican-American salsa flutist, bandleader, composer, record producer and label executive (Fania Records), born in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1937-12-02 Katherine Hoover, American flautist, composer (Eleni: A Greek Tragedy), teacher and conductor, born in Elkins, West Virginia (d. 2018)
  • 1937-12-16 Bobby Porcelli, American Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz saxophone and flute player, born in New York City
  • 1938-05-11 Harvey Sollberger, flutist/composer (2 Oboes Troping), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 1938-06-30 Chris Hinze, Dutch flutist (Vivat Vivaldi), born in Hilversum, North Holland, Netherlands
  • 1938-09-24 Steve Douglas [Kreisman], American session and touring saxophonist and flautist (Phil Spector; Duane Eddy; Beach Boys), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1993)
  • 1939-06-02 Charles Miller, American rock-funk flutist, saxophonist, and singer (War - "Why Can't We Be Friends?"; "Low Rider"), born in Olathe, Kansas (d. 1980)
  • 1939-12-08 James Galway, Irish classical flutist known as "The Man With the Golden Flute", born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1940-03-11 Jon Gibson, American flute and saxophone player (Philip Glass Ensemble, 1968-2019), and composer (The Voyage of The Beagle), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2020)
  • 1941-12-29 Ray Thomas, English rock vocalist and flautist (Moody Blues - "Legend Of A Mind"), born in Stourport-on-Severn, United Kingdom (d. 2018)
  • 1944-09-25 Eugenia Zukerman, American flutist and novelist (Deceptive Cadence), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1945-10-05 Geoff Leigh, British saxophonist and flute player (Henry Cow), born in Manchester, England
  • 1946-09-04 David Liebman, American saxophonist and flautist, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1948-03-31 Thijs van Leer, Dutch rock singer, organist, and flutist (Focus - "Hocus Pocus"; Introspection), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1948-08-16 Barry Hay, Dutch singer, guitarist, flute and saxophone player (Golden Earring - "Radar Love"), born in Faizabad, India
  • 1950-03-09 Jerry Eubanks, American rock saxophonist and flautist (The Marshall Tucker Band, 1966-96 - "Can't You See"; "I Heard It In A Love Song"), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • 1951-10-25 Ransom Wilson, American conductor and flutist (Soliste NY)
  • 1953-09-27 Greg Ham, Australian rock saxophonist and flutist (Men At Work), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2012)
  • 1955-03-13 John Hackett, British rock, classical, and new age flautist, born in Pimlico, London, England
  • 1955-09-30 Frankie Kennedy, Irish folk flute player (Altan), born in Belfast, Northern, Ireland (d. 1994)
  • 1956-12-27 Karl Denson, American funk and jazz saxophonist, flutist and vocalist (Lenny Kravitz; Tiny Universe), born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1963-10-17 Petri Alanko, Finnish classical flute player (Finnish RSO, 1988-2012) and educator (Sibelius Academy, since 2012), born in Joensuu, Finland
  • 1970-01-27 Emmanuel Pahud, French-Swiss flautist
  • 1980-01-17 Gareth McLearnon, Northern Irish flautist, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1987-12-26 Adam Walker, British flautist, born in Redingham, Nottinghamshire

Deaths in Music

  • 1657-03-26 Jacob van Eyck, Dutch blind flautist and carillonneur, dies at 69
  • 1762-07-16 Jacques Hotteterre, French composer and flautist, dies at 87
  • 1768-10-28 Michel Blavet, French court flautist/composer, dies at 68
  • 1773-07-12 Johann Joachim Quantz, German royal flautist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1826-07-07 Friedrich Dülon, German flautist and composer, dies at 56
  • 1850-06-18 Antoni Weinert, Polish flutist and composer, dies at 99
  • 1874-05-01 Vilém Blodek, Czech pianist, flautist, and composer, dies at 39
  • 1881-11-25 Theobald Boehm, German inventor of the modern flute, dies at 87
  • 1883-07-27 Albert Franz Doppler, Austrian flautist and composer, dies at 61
  • 1929-11-23 Arvid Kleven, Norwegian flautist and composer, dies at 29
  • 1963-02-28 Bobby Jaspar, Belgian jazz saxophonist, flautist and composer dies of a heart attack at 37
  • 1980-06-04 Charles Miller, American rock-funk flutist, saxophonist, and singer (War - "Why Can't We Be Friends?"; "Low Rider"), stabbed to death during a mugging in Los Angeles at 41
  • 1981-08-26 Walter "Foots" Thomas, American saxophonist, flutist, and arranger (Cab Calloway Orchestra), dies from cancer at 74
  • 1991-01-04 Leo Wright, American jazz saxophone and flute player (Dizzy Gillespie;; Blues Shout; I Left My Heart In San Francisco), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 1992-11-14 George Adams, US tenor saxophonist/flautist (Changes One), dies
  • 1992-11-21 Severino Gazzelloni, Italian flautist, dies
  • 1993-04-19 Steve Douglas [Kreisman], American session and touring saxophonist and flautist (Phil Spector; Duane Eddy; Beach Boys), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • 1994-03-05 Joe Daley, American jazz tenor, clarinet and flute player, dies at 75
  • 1994-09-19 Frankie Kennedy, Irish folk flute player (Altan), dies of Ewing's Sarcoma at 38
  • 1997-01-25 Seldon Powell, American jazz tenor saxophonist and flautist, dies at 68
  • 2000-05-20 Jean-Pierre Rampal, French classical flautist (The Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano), dies of heart failure at 72
  • 2003-03-23 Fritz Spiegl, Austrian-British classical flautist, broadcaster, composer, and wit, dies at 77
  • 2003-07-01 Herbie Mann, American jazz flutist (Just Wallin'), dies at 73
  • 2007-02-14 Gareth Morris, British flautist (b. 1920)
  • 2007-07-08 Jindřich Feld, Czech composer (Concerto for Flute and Orchestra), dies at 82
  • 2008-02-24 Philip Bodner, American jazz clarinetist and studio musician (also played flute, oboe, saxophone, piccolo, and English horn), dies at 90
  • 2008-09-25 (Gerrit Cornelis) "Kees" Otten, Dutch flautist and recorder player, dies at 83
  • 2009-04-02 Clifford “Bud” Shank, American jazz saxophonist and flute player, dies of a pulmonary embolism at 82
  • 2012-04-19 Greg Ham, Australian rock saxophonist and flutist (Men At Work - "Who Can It Be Now"), dies under mysterious circumstances at 58
  • 2013-05-20 Robert DiDomenica, American flautist, composer and educator, dies at 86
  • 2013-12-23 Yusef Lateef, American jazz saxophonist and flautist, dies at 93
  • 2014-08-13 Frans Brüggen, Dutch flautist, recorder player, and conductor (Orchestra of the 18th Century), dies at 79
  • 2015-10-09 N. Ramani, Indian flutist, dies at 80
  • 2016-01-29 Aurèle Nicolet, Swiss flautist (Berlin Philharmonic), and educator, dies at 90
  • 2018-01-04 Ray Thomas, English rock vocalist and flautist (Moody Blues-Legend Of A Mind), dies at 76
  • 2018-09-21 Katherine Hoover, American flautist, composer (Eleni: A Greek Tragedy), teacher and conductor, dies at 80
  • 2019-11-29 Ruth Anderson, American flutist, classical and electronic music composer (I Come Out of Your Sleep), dies at 91 [1] [2]
  • 2020-10-11 Jon Gibson, American flute and saxophone player (Philip Glass Ensemble, 1968-2019), and composer (The Voyage of The Beagle), dies at 80 [1]
  • 2021-02-15 (Juan) "Johnny" Pacheco, Dominican-American salsa flutist, bandleader, composer, record producer and label executive (Fania Records), dies at 85 [1]

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