James GalwayJames Galway
(born December 8
) is an Irish
flute player from Belfast
, often called the man with the golden flute
. He became one of the first flute players to establish a career as a soloist. He auditioned for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
under Herbert von Karajan
, and was principal flute of that orchestra for many years. Eventually, and to Karajan's surprise and dismay, after a period of some disagreement, "Jimmy" Galway decided that he would leave to pursue a solo career, which he succeeded in doing admirably. He still performs regularly and is one of the world's leading classical flute players.