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Flutists and flautists: biography, notable interpretations.

Collection of notable flutists who have made publicly available recordings of the flute repertoire represented on the MASTERING the FLUTE website.

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Galway, James

Galway, James

Sir James Galway is an Irish flutist who has established very impressive international career as a solo flute player and often called as “The Man with the Golden Flute” (The New Your Times).
He studied flute with John Francis at the Royal College of Music and with Geoffrey Gilbert at Guildhall School of Music.
During the following 15 years he played in various orchestras, including London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (1969-1975) under Herbert von Karajan. Since 1975 he had a very successful career as a solo flutist, appearing on all prominent concert venues and making numerous recordings, including soundtrack of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
Many composers have written works commissioned by and for him: Malcolm Arnold, John Corigliano, Lowell Liebermann and many others. Sir Galway was knighted in 2001 to be the first wind player ever to receive such honour. Galway is a president of Flutewise, a global charitable organization that supports young flute players.