Famous Flutists in History

Birthdays in Music

  • 1794-04-09 Theobald Boehm, German inventor of the modern flute, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1881)
  • 1918-07-30 Joe Daley, American jazz tenor, clarinet and flute player, born in Salem, Ohio (d. 1994)
  • 1922-01-04 Frank Wess, flutist/saxophonist/composer, (d. 2013)
  • 1924-11-28 Kees [Gerrit C] Otten, Dutch flutist
  • 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/orchestra leader
  • 1930-04-16 Herbie Mann, American jazz flutist (Just Wallin'), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1934-10-15 N. Ramani, Indian flutist, born in Tiruvarur, Tamil Nadu, India (d. 2015)
  • 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
  • 1939-06-02 Charles Miller, rock flutist/saxophonist (War)
  • 1939-12-08 James Galway, Irish flutist (18k gold flute, Royal Phil), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1944-09-25 Eugenia Zukerman, American flutist and novelist (Deceptive Cadence), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1948-03-31 Thijs van Leer, Dutch singer/flutist (Focus, Introspection)
  • 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)
  • 1955-09-30 Frankie Kennedy, flute player

Deaths in Music

  • 1881-11-25 Theobald Boehm, German inventor of the modern flute, dies at 87
  • 1994-03-05 Joe Daley, American jazz tenor, clarinet and flute player, dies at 75
  • 1994-09-19 Frankie Kennedy, flute player, dies at 38
  • 2000-05-20 Jean Pierre Rampal, French flutist (b. 1922)
  • 2003-07-01 Herbie Mann, American jazz flutist (Just Wallin'), dies at 73
  • 2007-07-08 Jindřich Feld, Czech composer (Concerto for Flute and Orchestra), dies at 82
  • 2012-04-19 Greg Ham, Australian rock saxophonist and flutist (Men At Work), dies under mysterious circumstances at 58
  • 2015-10-09 N. Ramani, Indian flutist, dies at 80