Jane Rutter – French Honour for Australia’s Flute Queen


rutter-2Adventurous Australian award winning musician Jane Rutter is renowned for her dynamic playing. A flautist of the very finest kind and a national living treasure, Jane Rutter has recently been honoured by the French, being awarded a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres. (‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’).

Jane Rutter is one of the few flautists in the world who has successfully crossed over into the world of jazz, pop and cabaret.

rutter-4Her expertise gained learning in the French Flute School, where technique and elegance of expression are at the forefront of skills acquired, have helped her to dazzle her audiences during a career now spanning over thirty years.

To celebrate her award Jane will perform an exclusive 75-minute ‘cocktail hour’ concert of French Classical repertoire on five different solo flutes at 7pm on Friday November 18, 2016, in the Utzon Room of the Sydney Opera House. TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

During the course of the concert, His Excellency Mr Christophe LeCourtier, Ambassador of France to Australia, will officially decorate Jane Rutter.

The flute is always first and foremost a voice, and music is the secret language of the entire world, ” says Jane Rutter who describes herself as a “Bel Canto flute player”. Her playing has an emphasis on virtuosity and beauty of tone, much like ‘beautiful singing’.

When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music*

Bel Canto is a term also coined by disciples of the Rampal School after the passing of its iconic teachers and her mentors French Flautists Jean-Pierre Rampal (1922-2000) and Alain Marion (1938-1998) and their true disciple, Jane attributes them both with helping her to evolve her own unique style.

rutter-3Her successful travelling show An Australian in Paris, became a tribute to them both and that glorious city and was critically acclaimed as a virtuosic musical and poetic tour de force. No wonder it evoked standing ovations in Paris and cities all around Australia when she toured it.

The ancient Greek God Apollo would have wildly applauded Jane’s dedication to crafting the beauty of musical sound on her flute. Music, the technique of the Muses in ancient times, celebrated its magical properties, which were said to have ‘…  stopped the flowing of rivers, moved mountains, and becalmed savage beasts.’


The ancient Greeks had quite sophisticated end blown flutes, an instrument known since the ‘stone age’.

The transverse flute in use today, first became acquainted with roving minstrels all over Europe for centuries from the so-called ‘Middle Ages through the Renaissance’ periods (5th century – 17th century) when the ‘flute consort’, an ensemble of three different kinds of transverse flutes, were part of musical practice.

From the middle of the seventeenth century, the flute underwent sweeping change, originating with French musician Jacques Hotteterre (1674-1763). A member of a famous French flute-making family it was his published work, Principes de la flûte traversière (1707) that became the first known essay published on flute-playing and it became a great hit throughout Europe, undergoing many reprints.

One of their instruments was played in Jean-Baptiste Lully’s opera orchestra at the court of Louis XIV the Sun King at Versailles.

Then there was the ‘Boehm flute’ invented in 1832 in Munich by Theobald Boehm (1794-1881). It was arranged according to acoustic criteria, rather than fingering, and was received with enthusiasm in France, England and the U.S.A.

Modern flutes are still made today using a Boehm mechanism with modifications and improvements, during the 19th and 20th century. Its ability to produce different ‘tone colours’ resulted in a whole new art of playing techniques emerging too.

jane-rutter-aJane Rutter, with her effortless long vocal-lines, her beautiful tone and her sensitive and expressive musicianship, is one of the great flute players” says Richard Bonynge AC, CBE, Commandeur de l’Ordre National des Arts et des Lettres.

Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2016

Jane Rutter: Celebratory Cocktail Hour Concert
Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House


The concert includes French Gregorian Chant and works by Debussy, Devienne, Marais, Satie, Poulenc, Ferroud, Aznavour and philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s solo arrangement of Vivaldi: Spring played on a handmade 1887 Louis Lot flute (the flute equivalent of a Stradivarius).

Une jolie surprise: as a finale accordionist Marcello Maio will accompany Jane in a selection of popular French Chansons arranged for flute. Jane Rutter is an expert in the French Flute School, which leads the world in sound, technique and elegance of expression on the instrument. She is the only Australian to have been invited to the prestigious International French Flute Convention, La Vieme Convention de la Flute Francaise 2016

*Kahlil Gibran




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