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French knighthood for flautist Jane Rutter

AAP logoAAP 28/11/2016 Danielle McGrane

Australian flautist Jane Rutter has been awarded a French knighthood for her contribution to the arts.

The Chevalier des Arts et Lettres translates as Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters and was awarded for Rutter's decades of excellence and commitment to flute playing in the French style.

The flautist who studied under the great French flute players Jean-Pierre Rampal and Alain Marion was conferred during a ceremony at the Sydney Opera House on November 18 by the French Ambassador Christophe Lecourtier.

"When I think of what France represents, in terms of music, politics, human rights, equality, courtesy, etiquette, culture: my reaction to receiving the award is profound. I could not be more honoured," Rutter said.

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