Australian Musician Jane Rutter Awarded Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et Lettres12:02 AM
Classical siren Flutist Jane Rutter has built a stellar reputation over the decades for excellence and commitment to Flute playing in the French style.
The Award, Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in English means "Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters" in recognition of significant contributions to Arts & Literature in France.
"Jane embodies the best of both countries," Lecourtier said.Rutter replied to the standing ovation with a charming encore mashup of Waltzing Matilda and the La Marseillaise performed on tin whistle and piccolo.
Rutter, who studied under the great French flute players Jean-Pierre Rampal and Alain Marion, said, "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."