Flautist and Composer
John Hackett has performed in the USA, Europe, UK and Japan.
He has made several flute recordings including “Sketches of Satie” which was chosen by Nick Bailey of Classic FM as his album of the month.
John began by learning guitar before taking up the flute at the relatively late age of 15. At 19, finally opting for a musical career, he left the Modern Languages course at Cambridge to study music at Sheffield University. Returning to London, he studied with Edward Beckett and David Butt and took a Guildhall School of Music diploma.
John has toured and recorded regularly with his brother, the guitarist Steve Hackett. This has involved several tours of the USA, Europe and the UK, including performances at Drury Lane and the Barbican as a guitar and flute duo. In recent years with the Steve Hackett Acoustic Trio, he has played in the USA, Europe and Japan. Their 2005 concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall was released as a live CD and a DVD was made of their performance in Hungary.
He was also a member of the English Flute Quartet, performing with them at festivals and the Purcell Room.
He has made several solo recordings including “Velvet Afternoon” for flute and piano with Sally Goodworth, which was released on XXI records in Canada. His interpretation of the music of Eric Satie, “Sketches of Satie”, was released on Camino Records in 2000 and chosen by Nick Bailey of Classic FM as his album of the month.
As a composer John has written signature tunes and incidental music for BBC Radio.. He specialises in writing for the flute and recently released the CD “Prelude to Summer” for flute and guitar.
John also has considerable experience as a teacher of flute which has led him to write a series of play-along books (“Highly recommended” – PAN, Journal of the British Flute Society)
John is one of the few players in the world to use a vertical flute.
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