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“See is a master of the instrument...Her tone glows quietly yet fervently...her progression through the music is even-handed, yet filled with inflections that are pertinent and enlightening.” Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“...she is gifted in the art of embellishment. Her phrases have a shape to them, her articulation is clear and communicative, and her intonation faultless.”
Gramophone Magazine‚ London

“...the flute solo in ‘Sweet Bird’ was memorable...” Los Angeles Times

“There are some beautifully played obbligatos, among which the flute's in the Benedictus...are outstanding.”
Musical Times, London

“The subtle variety of her tone proves her a supreme interpreter of Vivaldi.”
Digital Audio

“Flutist Janet See performed her concerto on a wooden instrument, drawing tones of such dulcet beauty that the advantage of an early instrument was obvious.”
Pittsburgh Post Gazette

“Janet See's command of the difficulties and rewards of the Baroque Flute is masterly.” Fanfare Magazine

“The gold standard for
baroque flute playing.”
Marty Ronish, Director 2011 Seattle Handel Festival






Look for two interviews with Janet in the Fall 2012 and 2019 Early Music America magazines.

Janet See

Janet See is one of today’s outstanding performers on baroque and multi-keyed classical flute. For over three decades she has performed as a soloist, in chamber music, and in orchestras throughout North America and Europe.

In London, where she lived for 12 years, Ms See played principal flute for Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s two orchestras, and with those groups recorded the complete Mozart Operas and Beethoven Symphonies as well as numerous other discs. While in London she also played principal flute for 'The Taverner Players', conducted by Andrew Parrott. In North America Janet plays principal flute with Philharmonia Baroque under Nicholas McGegan and has recorded Vivaldi and Mozart Concertos with that orchestra. She also plays principal flute the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Pacific MusicWorks, and Pacific Baroque Orchestra in Vancouver, BC.

Among her highly acclaimed recordings are Vivaldi Concertos and the complete Bach Flute Sonatas, both recorded on the Harmonia Mundi label. Other labels she has recorded for include DG Archive, EMI, Erato, Hyperion and Phantom Partner. Her latest recording with The New Iris Quartet features works by Mozart and Haydn.

Janet is an active and enthusiastic teacher of early flutes and also of interpreting the nuance and language of baroque and classical music on modern flute. She is director of the popular Seattle Baroque Flute Summer Workshop. Ms See received her degree on the modern flute at Oberlin Conservatory, training with Robert Willoughby. Her post-graduate training was with Frans Vester in The Hague. Janet is a qualified teacher of the F.M. Alexander Technique, having trained in London with Walter Carrington. She currently lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

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