Well I choose Flute as my favorite instrument. But unfortunately it is nowhere mentioned that who actually discover Flute, but we have lot more information about the history of flute. Thousands of years ago it was found in the cave in Northern France with unknown number of holes. It was carved with bones. Those flutes were used during the hunting and magic rituals. As mentioned on the internet that the first flute which can be hold sideways was created in China. But before that Egyptians had flute. Though flute was made of bones but then we had wooden flutes, bamboo flutes. There were several ways to hold the flute you could hold left or right side and even hold it straight like a recorder. Flutes were played by hunters, shepherds, musicians in festive occasions and from the 13th century on also by soldiers. And these flutes are still played all over the world. After 1670 the flute became more poplar and was made of three pieces now.
Famous Performers: There are several famous performers, but I pick only couple of them.
Robert Aitken studied flute with Nicolas Fiore in Toronto and became principal flute of the Vancouver and was the youngest principal in that orchestra’s history. He studied electronic music with Myron Shaeffer and composition with John Weinzweig at University of Toronto and he served second flute of C.B.C Symphony Orchestra. He was one of the 12 instrumentalists invited by Pierre Boulez to present a solo recital at IRCAM (Paris) in 1977. He also taught flute during 1960-75 at University of Toronto, 1972-82 at the Shawnigan Summer School of the Arts (British Columbia) and in 1981 founded “Music at Shawnigan”,
He used to conduct new music concerts and in 1987 he conducted the first performance of Schafer’s “Patria I” for the Canadian Opera