From Belfast, Northern Ireland, James Galway is one of the best known, if not the best known, flute players of all time. And yes, the "golden flute" refers to his flute which is actually made of gold, not just to its golden sound!
Galway played for years as first flute in world famous orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic under world famous conductor Herbert von Karajan, before deciding to pursue a solo career. That unusual move, together with his interest in playing many types of music from clasical orchestral and chamber pieces, to Irish music, to popular pieces, led him to his phenomenal success. Knighted in 2001, Sir James Galway has played his golden flute on soundtracks for successful movies, has introduced television specials on music, and has made many wonderful recordings as well as performing live all over the world. A lively, witty personality as well as a brilliant performer, James Galway is an inspiration to flute players (like my husband) and music lovers alike.