flut·​ist | \ ˈflü-tist How to pronounce flutist (audio) \

Definition of flutist

: one who plays a flute

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The musical director was the Dutch flutist Kathinka Pasveer, who lived and worked with Stockhausen. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Karlheinz Stockhausen Composes the Cosmos," 17 June 2019 An Italian flutist remembers Luciano telling him to pack a suitcase full of tortellini and prosciutto and other delights when joining the singer on tour. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Pavarotti’s Joy of Living," 4 June 2019 Avedis Chamber Music Series: The season closer features flutist and artistic director Alexandra Hawley and her colleagues in chamber works by Bach and Telemann. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Joshua Kosman’s classical music picks, June 3," 31 May 2018 The first-rate sextet performing the premiere was composed of string players James Ehnes, Alexander Kerr, Cynthia Phelps and Clive Greensmith, with virtuoso flutist Jeffrey Barker and the infinitely subtle clarinetist Anthony McGill. Melinda Bargreen, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Chamber Music Society debuts an ear-boggling piece by a ‘Dark Knight’ composer," 17 July 2018 Mention must be made of flutist Krista-Marie Aulak and concertmaster Julia Schilz, who were superb in the important solos, as well as the energetic percussion section, which was outstanding here (as well as in the Danielpour). Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Orchestra's 'Prometheus Project' gets off to fiery start: review," 11 May 2018 Music by the ensemble’s two excellent composers, flutist Valerie Coleman and horn player Jeff Scott, has so far provided this summer’s brightest moments. Brett Campbell, WSJ, "Oregon’s Freshened Festival," 24 July 2018 The principal flutist of the BSO sued the organization this week, under the new Massachusetts Equal Pay Law. Brian J. White, BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s how much the BSO’s highest-paid musicians (all men) made in 2015-16," 6 July 2018 In June 2009, Edwin Rist, a 20-year-old American flutist studying at the Royal Academy of Music, smashed a window at the Museum of Natural History in Tring, near London, and pulled off one of the more bizarre robberies of recent decades. Joshua Hammer, New York Times, "The Man Who Stole Bird Feathers," 1 June 2018

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The first known use of flutist was in 1603

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US : a flute player

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