The great composers of the 20th century Asia

 

Vanessa-Mae or Hajibeyov? Ben-Haim or Paliashvili? It is difficult for inquiring minds to tackle such abundant fields as classical music and opera, covering 10 centuries of history: there are thousands of composers. Making a selection of musicians, such as a “top 10” for example, is a difficult and subjective exercise. A musical selection is often the expression of personal preferences or artistic opinions, very interesting but also very different according to critics or musicologists, or simply influenced by the context: will an English composer not be instinctively privileged by an English critic?

For example: in France, Charles Gounod, a 19th century French composer, is more easily mentioned than the Norwegian Edvard Grieg, who is more recognized in the world.

Timeline of classical music composers, between 1890 and 2000+ (modern & contemporary era) in Asia

Whoever wants to discover classical music or opera does not always have an experienced music lover, an expert or an educator at his or her side to support and guide him or her in these fields. So : Vanessa-Mae (British violinist) or Hajibeyov (Azerbaijani composer (1885-1948)) ? Er (Composed the national anthem of the People's Republic of China) or Kancheli (Georgian composer) ? However, the knowledge available about musicians is enormous. It was processed to select the 10, 25, 50... most popular composers around the world, for those living or having lived en Asia, between 1890 and 2000+ (modern & contemporary era). And this objectively, and for the first time (soClassiQ exclusivity).

Composers rendered as a timeline to bring a little perspective:

ComposersConductorsLyrical singersPerformers WorldwideEuropeNorth AmericaSouth AmericaAsiaOceaniaAfrica 2021

This timeline is interactive to navigate through the ages , or eras : medieval music, renaissance, baroque music (Bach...), classical period (Mozart...), romantic music (Beethoven...), XXth (Stravinsky), or across continents (with ).

Top 10 classical musiccomposers in Asia for the years 1890-2000+

Who are these greatest composers, the most famous over the 1890-2000+ era in Asia? The works of these musician have shaped the history of classical music and lyric art. There are those you probably know, or at least by name and the others.

Here are these 10 classical music composers, renowned artists from around the world:


Curious to know their most emblematic works? Just a click away to discover them.

The selections of musicians (classical music composers) proposed by soClassiQ are based exclusively on algorithms. The same applies to their works, the performers, the lyrical singers, les orchestras, the conductors and the venues : opera houses, concert halls or festivals.

What about the others? 25, 50 or more?

Summarizing to 10 musician names such a wide and diverse field may seem extreme or too simplistic for those who know classical music and lyrical art well, for those who can easily name 50 or more classical music composers. Abe, Dun, Mansurian, Hisaishi, Magomayev, Falla, Cho...

At this time, soClassiQ has listed more than 18000 composers. So here is a selection of some composers for the modern & contemporary era, in Asia, widely recognized around the world:

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Vakhtang KakhidzeThe great composers of the 20th century
age 61 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Joseph KaminskiThe great composers of the 20th century
1903-1972 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Gia <strong>Kancheli</strong> Gia KancheliThe great composers of the 20th century
1935-2019 (20th century)
Composer

Hitomi KanekoThe great composers of the 20th century
age 55 (20th century)
Composer

Yoko <strong>Kanno</strong> Yoko KannoThe great composers of the 20th century
age 56 (20th century)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Shigeru Kan-noThe great composers of the 20th century
age 61 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Anna KasyanThe great composers of the 20th century
age 38 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Composer

Mine KawakamiThe great composers of the 20th century
age 51 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Hiba KawasThe great composers of the 20th century
age 48 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Composer

Masaru KawasakiThe great composers of the 20th century
1924-2018 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Karen KhachaturianThe great composers of the 20th century
1920-2011 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Quddus KhojamyarovThe great composers of the 20th century
1918-1994 (20th century)
Composer

Yasuji KiyoseThe great composers of the 20th century
1900-1981 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Otto <strong>Klemperer</strong> Otto KlempererThe great composers of the 20th century
1885-1973 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Momo KodamaThe great composers of the 20th century
age 48 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Jo KondoThe great composers of the 20th century
age 72 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Koji <strong>Kondo</strong> Koji KondoThe great composers of the 20th century
age 59 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Hidemaro KonoyeThe great composers of the 20th century
1898-1973 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Mark KopytmanThe great composers of the 20th century
1929-2011 (20th century)
Composer

Mayako KuboThe great composers of the 20th century
age 72 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Mina KubotaThe great composers of the 20th century
age 48 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

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Yo-Yo <strong>Ma</strong> Yo-Yo MaThe great composers of the 20th century
age 64 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Ibrahim MaaloufThe great composers of the 20th century
age 39 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Aleksandre MachavarianiThe great composers of the 20th century
1913-1995 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Muslim <strong>Magomayev</strong> Muslim MagomayevThe great composers of the 20th century
1885-1937 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Muslim <strong>Magomayev</strong> Muslim MagomayevThe great composers of the 20th century
1942-2008 (20th century)
Conductor, Lyrical singer & Composer

Abdylas MaldybaevThe great composers of the 20th century
1906-1978 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Composer

Arif MalikovThe great composers of the 20th century
1933-2019 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Michio MamiyaThe great composers of the 20th century
age 91 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Tigran MansurianThe great composers of the 20th century
age 81 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Cheng MaoyunThe great composers of the 20th century
1900-1957 (20th century)
Composer

Yoritsune MatsudairaThe great composers of the 20th century
1907-2001 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Teizo MatsumuraThe great composers of the 20th century
1929-2007 (20th century)
Composer

Toshiro MayuzumiThe great composers of the 20th century
1929-1997 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Alexander Melik-PashayevThe great composers of the 20th century
1905-1964 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Minoru MikiThe great composers of the 20th century
1930-2011 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Shūkichi MitsukuriThe great composers of the 20th century
1895-1971 (20th century)
Composer

Veli MukhatovThe great composers of the 20th century
1916-2005 (20th century)
Composer


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Ali RahbariThe great composers of the 20th century
age 72 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer


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Wadia SabraThe great composers of the 20th century
1876-1952 (20th century)
Composer

Shigeaki SaegusaThe great composers of the 20th century
age 78 (20th century)
Composer

Toshihiko SahashiThe great composers of the 20th century
age 60 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Hideo SaitoThe great composers of the 20th century
1902-1974 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Ryuichi <strong>Sakamoto</strong> Ryuichi SakamotoThe great composers of the 20th century
age 68 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Heshmat SanjariThe great composers of the 20th century
1917-1995 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Huseyngulu SarabskiThe great composers of the 20th century
1879-1945 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Composer

Ghazaros SaryanThe great composers of the 20th century
1920-1998 (20th century)
Composer

Kentaro SatoThe great composers of the 20th century
age 39 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Vladimir ShainskyThe great composers of the 20th century
1925-2017 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Mohammad ShamsThe great composers of the 20th century
age 65 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Ding ShandeThe great composers of the 20th century
1911-1995 (20th century)
Composer

Anoushka <strong>Shankar</strong> Anoushka ShankarThe great composers of the 20th century
age 39 (20th century)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Composer

Bright ShengThe great composers of the 20th century
age 64 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Noam SheriffThe great composers of the 20th century
1935-2018 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Liu ShikunThe great composers of the 20th century
age 81 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Makoto ShinoharaThe great composers of the 20th century
age 88 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Mieko ShiomiThe great composers of the 20th century
age 82 (20th century)
Composer

Gil ShohatThe great composers of the 20th century
age 47 (20th century)
Composer

Xiao ShuxianThe great composers of the 20th century
1905-1991 (20th century)
Composer

S. P. SomtowThe great composers of the 20th century
age 67 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Yeol Eum <strong>Son</strong> Yeol Eum SonThe great composers of the 20th century
age 34 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Dang Thai <strong>Son</strong> Dang Thai SonThe great composers of the 20th century
age 62 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Cong SuThe great composers of the 20th century
age 63 (20th century)
Composer

Masaaki <strong>Suzuki</strong> Masaaki SuzukiThe great composers of the 20th century
age 66 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer


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Ali TajvidiThe great composers of the 20th century
1919-2006 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Yūji TakahashiThe great composers of the 20th century
age 82 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Saburō TakataThe great composers of the 20th century
1913-2000 (20th century)
Composer

Toru <strong>Takemitsu</strong> Toru TakemitsuThe great composers of the 20th century
1930-1996 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Rentarō <strong>Taki</strong> Rentarō TakiThe great composers of the 20th century
1879-1903 (Romantic)
Performer & Composer

Josef TalThe great composers of the 20th century
1910-2008 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Yoav TalmiThe great composers of the 20th century
age 77 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Muhai TangThe great composers of the 20th century
age 71 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Mikael <strong>Tariverdiev</strong> Mikael TariverdievThe great composers of the 20th century
1931-1996 (20th century)
Composer

Avet TerterianThe great composers of the 20th century
1929-1994 (20th century)
Composer

Loris <strong>Tjeknavorian</strong> Loris TjeknavorianThe great composers of the 20th century
age 82 (20th century)
Conductor, Performer & Composer

Isao <strong>Tomita</strong> Isao TomitaThe great composers of the 20th century
1932-2016 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Yuzo ToyamaThe great composers of the 20th century
age 89 (20th century)
Conductor & Composer

Sulkhan TsintsadzeThe great composers of the 20th century
1925-1991 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Fou Ts'ongThe great composers of the 20th century
age 86 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Nobuyuki TsujiiThe great composers of the 20th century
age 32 (20th century)
Performer & Composer

Huang TzuThe great composers of the 20th century
1904-1938 (20th century)
Composer


Some composers to be celebrated very soon

Next month, more than 40 important artists and musicians will be honoured. In November 2020 some of them may celebrate a special anniversary. For others, amateurs and enthusiasts will celebrate the bicentenary of their birth or the fiftieth anniversary of their death for example. Among them, some famous composers:

on 8, César Franck (1822-1890), 130th anniversary (Death),
on 12, Henryk Gorecki (1933-2010), 10th anniversary (Death),
on 14, Aaron Copland (1900-1990), 120th anniversary (Birth),
on 18, Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941), 160th anniversary (Birth),
on 22, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710-1784), 310th anniversary (Birth),
...

There are others to discover. And it is not too late to focus on the October 2020 celebrations (30+).

Always good opportunities to discover or deepen, (re)listen, explore the vastness and diversity of classical music...

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Last update : 2020-10-01

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