Australian Flutist Jane Rutter, awarded the prestigious French medal Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres in 2016 is a classical trailblazer who has devoted her life to French flute playing with a career of longevity that spans decades. (‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’ is a French award of recognition for significant contributions to Arts & Literature.)
Miss Rutter is an expert in the French Flute School, which leads the world in sound, technique and elegance of expression on the instrument. An internationally acclaimed soloist renowned for her onstage warmth and brilliance, Jane is a Renaissance woman, a fearless classical trailblazer who has pioneered the trend of taking fine classical music to the people in varied venues. She is considered a major influence in the world of classical music.
Due to her French heritage, when she plays, her flute transcends traditional limits. With 22 solo albums under her belt Miss Rutter has played from The Sydney Opera House Concert Hall to Sydney’s iconic Tilbury Hotel; From performing with transgender stars, to Baroque recitals at La Sainte Chapelle, Paris.
Jane Rutter’s classical career is enhanced by her skills in World Music, Theatre, Film, Composition & Improvisation. She has appeared in the UK, Europe, USA, South-East Asia, South America and China, and is a household name in Australia. Described by ABC Classic FM as ‘One of Australia’s leading performance artists’, Miss Rutter is an Alumnus of Sydney University, who also studied in Paris on a French Government scholarship with Alain Marion and Jean-Pierre Rampal. (Jane was translator for Alain Marion for his summer master classes at l’Academie Internationale d’Ete de Nice).
Miss Rutter lectured in Flute, Chamber Music and Performance Pedagogy at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Sydney University. She founded The Music Scheme to assist young professional musicians, formed the innovative chamber group, POSH, has produced many concerts at the Sydney Opera House, toured for Musica Viva and has appeared with The Seymour Group, The Australia Ensemble (formerly UNSWIG), and worked as principal flute in the Elizabethan Trust Orchestra (AOBO). As presenter on Channel Nine’s Getaway, Jane won a Peoples’ Choice award. The Nine Network’s 60 Minutes did a feature story on her musical philosophy and style. For her album Titania’s Dream Jane collaborated with Oscar nominee David Hirshfelder and subsequently played the role of Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Karnak Playhouse.
Jane has performed regularly at the Sydney Opera House and performs worldwide as a soloist in recital, with orchestras, and in her One-woman classical-cabaret performances. Her concert-theatre piece, Tutti-Flutti, was nominated for an Edinburgh Fringe award. A performer and lecturer at International Flute Conventions, in 2005 Jane was the patron of the Australian International Flute Convention. Limelight Magazine, 2007, included Jane on its cover as a leading female influence in the world of Classical Music.
Miss Rutter often receives standing ovations at her concerts and has performed with such prominent artists as Richard Bonynge, Pascale Roge, The Manhattan Transfer, David Helfgott, Slava Grigoryan, Tina Arena, Rick Price, Taryn Fiebig, Nina Perlove, Bertrand Cervera, David Braccini, Kathryn Selby, Greta Bradley, Tommy Emmanuel, James Morrison, Janis Siegel, Yvonne Kenny, Gerard Willems, Michael Crawford, Simon Tedeschi, and Christopher Hogwood. She has appeared as a soloist with many leading orchestras, including the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
La Traversiere (France’s premier flute magazine) presented a feature article on Jane’s flute playing (2014). She launched the Australian Music Examinations Board flute syllabus (her Partita for Solo Flute is included in it’s syllabus).
The sound track album to Jane’s Film An Australian in Paris Homage to French Flute (DVD), reached #No1 in the Classical charts and was nominated for an ARIA (Australian Grammy) award. Her album French Kiss also reached #No1 in the ARIA charts.
Jane’s recordings, Flute Spirit: Dreams and Improvisations, (an homage to 70’s flutist, Paul Horn) and French Kiss appeared in the top 10 Aria classical charts in the same week.
Miss Rutter currently performs worldwide as a soloist, gives masterclasses, and is producer and Artistic Director of Live at Lunch, The Concourse, Chatswood, and of The Karnak Playhouse.
Most recent recordings: Flute Spirit: Dreams and Improvisations, & Vivaldi: The Four Seasons with Sinfonia Australis both available on ABC Classics. In 2015 Jane released Flute Fantasy, an album of atmospheric film library music for flute.
The Australian Elizabethan Trust awarded Jane for her outstanding work on the French Flute School. Miss Rutter was made a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Music in 2015 for her outstanding achievements and services to Music. She was the 2016 select artist to perform the annual tribute to Alain Marion at his residence outside Avignon, France, and is the only Australian to have been invited to perform at a Convention de la Flute Française (Vieme 2016).
Jane Rutter is a generous and brilliant flautist of the highest calibre…Jane Rutter est une flûtiste brillante et engagée, du plus haut niveau- Jean-Pierre Rampal
Ms. Rutter’s interpretations of the popular Four Seasons Concerti are vibrant and innovative. The entire CD is lovely to listen to, with Jane Rutter’s wholesome and impeccable artistry soaring throughout. Ms. Rutter does an exemplary job…Her work is outstanding and deserves a full house standing ovation. -Viviana Guzman, The Flute View (USA)
A star of the flute…Une étoile de la flute – London Daily Mail
Jane Rutter, with her effortless long vocal-lines, her beautiful tone and her sensitive and expressive musicianship, is one of the great flute players…Jane Rutter, dont le souffle mélodique est facile, l’expression musicale et le ton à la fois beaux et sensibles est une très grande flûtiste. – Richard Bonynge AC, CBE, Commandeur de l’Ordre National des Arts et des Lettres
Jane Rutter knows contemporary audiences taste for “events concerts”. She is out to demonstrate the full breadth of her skills and appeal and to provide the full atmospheric skills – London Evening Standard
,Jane’s playing breaths contemporary life into French Flute School’s elevated position and recalls its glorious past. I thank and applaud Jane for her passion and enthusiasm. I give her a “bravissimo” for her superb talent!
– Raymond Guiot Professeur de Flute, Conservatoire NationalSuperieur de Musique de Paris
A Jane Rutter speciality is sparking flute playing. Her strength lies in a dexterous brilliance which scoffs at the need to breathe…Rutter’s playing is persuasively phrased, delivered with flexible lungs and nimble finger and a quick-silver accuracy. – Sydney Morning Herald
Jane Rutter is “The divine Miss R”. She’s a classical siren in whose hands the flute becomes and instrument of seduction and sensual pleasure. – The Weekend Australian (cover story)
Jane Rutter fits the bill as the glamourous classical pop star and flute player extraordinaire. – Canberra Times
Doing the unexpected and making it work is something Rutter has made a specialty of during her long career…She added sex appeal to the flute repertoire and was atrail blazer for other musicians moving into other genres.- Sunday Telegraph
Jane Rutter is one of the finest flautists this country has produced. She plays classical as well as everything else. She is a free spirit, one of the blessed people. -The Sunday Age