Multi-talented flautist Jane Rutter is a virtuosic disciple of French flute masters Jean-Pierre Rampal and Alain Marion, a concert soloist, classical free spirit and No.1 recording artist.
Renowned for her on-stage warmth, quicksilver technical brilliance, and inspired, dynamic performing and teaching skills, Jane presents the flute as a bel-canto voice: 'The flute is a voice. Music is a narrative, the secret language of humanity.’ She has appeared in the UK, Europe, the USA, South America, China and south-east Asia, and has released 15 top-selling solo albums (including one of original compositions). Her performances cross into Theatre, World Music, Jazz, Cabaret and TV.
An alumna of Sydney University, Jane furthered her studies as a French Government scholarship holder with Alain Marion and Jean-Pierre Rampal. She returned to Australia in 1981 to lecture in Flute and Chamber Music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, founded The Music Scheme to assist young professional players, and formed the innovative chamber group, POSH. Jane has produced many concerts at the Sydney Opera House, toured for Musica Viva, performed with The Seymour Group and The Australia Ensemble, and worked as Principal Flute in the Elizabethan Trust Orchestra (Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra).
Jane has performed regularly at the Sydney Opera House and appears worldwide as a soloist in recital, with orchestras, and in her one-woman classical-cabaret-style performances. Her show ‘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.
As presenter on Channel Nine’s ‘Getaway’, Jane won a People’s Choice award. The Nine Network's ‘60 Minutes’ has presented a feature story on her musical philosophy and style.
For her album ‘Titania's Dream’, Jane collaborated with Oscar nominee David Hirschfelder and subsequently played the role of Titania in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at the Karnak Playhouse. ‘Limelight’ magazine in 2007 included Jane as one of the top female influences in the world of classical music.
Jane Rutter has appeared as guest soloist with many prominent artists across different styles, including Pascal Rogé, Richard Bonynge, Christopher Hogwood, Michael Crawford, Taryn Fiebig, Nina Perlove, Bertrand Cervera, Trio Classik, The Manhattan Transfer, David Helfgott, Peter Cousens, Tina Arena, Rick Price, Slava Grigoryan, Mark Isaacs, Marshall McGuire, Kathryn Selby, Diane Cilento, Gerard Willems, Greta Bradley and Simon Tedeschi. She performs with many Australian symphony orchestras, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the City of Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, to name a few.
In 2012 Jane launched the new AMEB flute syllabus, which includes her ‘Partita for Solo Flute’. She is developing an on-line flute teaching method.
Jane is a devoted environmentalist and often works with the Sydney Institute of Marine Science to rid the world's oceans of plastic.