Through 10 centuries, so many anniversaries to remember! Classical music covers 10 centuries of history, from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. There are many opportunities each year to celebrate great composers, creations or emblematic venues of classical music. So many anniversaries! From January to December, there is always a good reason to discover a musician, to rediscover a work. And above all, 365 opportunities to be curious.

Essential celebrations in 2020

Some dates to remember in 2020:

  • 1810-02-22, Frédéric Chopin (Birth, 1810-01-01)
  • 1840-04-25, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Birth, 1840-01-01)
  • 1860-07-07, Gustav Mahler (Birth, 1860-01-01)
  • 1750-07-28, Johann Sebastian Bach (Death, 1750-01-01)
  • 1770-12-16, Ludwig van Beethoven (Birth, 1770-01-01)

No fewer than 10 centenarians are expected in 2020 (and 6 multi-centenarians). This year, among the great figures of classical music to be commemorated are: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (January), Henri Vieuxtemps (February), Isaac Stern (July), Max Bruch (October), Jenny Lind (October)... and many more.

And what’s going on 2021?

Ludwig van <strong>Beethoven</strong>
Beethoven
Johann Sebastian <strong>Bach</strong>
Bach
Frédéric <strong>Chopin</strong>
Chopin
Pyotr Ilyich <strong>Tchaikovsky</strong>
Tchaikovsky
Gustav <strong>Mahler</strong>
Mahler
Jenny <strong>Lind</strong>
Lind
Max <strong>Bruch</strong>
Bruch
Isaac <strong>Stern</strong>
Stern
Henri <strong>Vieuxtemps</strong>
Vieuxtemps
Arturo Benedetti <strong>Michelangeli</strong>
Michelangeli

All commemorations in 2020, month by month

 

2020

January

04

Johann Friedrich Agricola, Commemorations (2020), Classical music, German composer

300th anniversary (Birth)

05

23

Alexander <strong>Serov</strong> Alexander Serov, Commemorations (2020), Classical music, Russian composer

200th anniversary (Birth)

February

17

Henri <strong>Vieuxtemps</strong> Henri Vieuxtemps, Commemorations (2020), Classical music, Belgian violinist

200th anniversary (Birth)

22

Frédéric <strong>Chopin</strong> Frédéric Chopin, Commemorations (2020), Classical music, Polish composer and pianist

210th anniversary (Birth)

MasterpiecesComplete works

March

01

Thomas <strong>Campion</strong> Thomas Campion, Commemorations (2020), Classical music, English composer, poet and physician

400th anniversary (Death)

21

Georg Ots, Commemorations (2020), Classical music, Soviet singer and actor

100th anniversary (Birth)

22

Werner Klemperer, Commemorations (2020), Classical music, American actor and musician

100th anniversary (Birth)

April

03

Vincenzo <strong>Galilei</strong> Vincenzo Galilei, Commemorations (2020), Classical music, Italian lutenist, composer and music theorist

500th anniversary (Birth)

21

Bruno <strong>Maderna</strong> Bruno Maderna, Commemorations (2020), Classical music, Italian/German conductor and composer

100th anniversary (Birth)

May

27

Niccolò <strong>Paganini</strong> Niccolò Paganini, Commemorations (2020), Classical music, Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, composer

180th anniversary (Death)

MasterpiecesComplete works

30

George London, Commemorations (2020), Classical music, opera singer from Canada

100th anniversary (Birth)

June

July

07

Gustav <strong>Mahler</strong> Gustav Mahler, Commemorations (2020), Classical music, Austrian late-Romantic composer

160th anniversary (Birth)

MasterpiecesComplete works

12

Keith Andes, Commemorations (2020), Classical music, actor

100th anniversary (Birth)

21

Isaac <strong>Stern</strong> Isaac Stern, Commemorations (2020), Classical music, American musician

100th anniversary (Birth)

28

Johann Sebastian <strong>Bach</strong> Johann Sebastian Bach, Commemorations (2020), Classical music, German composer and musician of the Baroque era

270th anniversary (Death)

MasterpiecesComplete works

September

23

Alexander Arutiunian, Commemorations (2020), Classical music, Armenian composer, pianist

100th anniversary (Birth)

26

Béla <strong>Bartók</strong> Béla Bartók, Commemorations (2020), Classical music, Hungarian composer and pianist

75th anniversary (Death)

MasterpiecesComplete works

29

Václav <strong>Neumann</strong> Václav Neumann, Commemorations (2020), Classical music, Czech conductor, violinist and viola player

100th anniversary (Birth)

October

02

Max <strong>Bruch</strong> Max Bruch, Commemorations (2020), Classical music, German romantic composer and conductor

100th anniversary (Death)

05

Jacques <strong>Offenbach</strong> Jacques Offenbach, Commemorations (2020), Classical music, German-born French composer, cellist and impresario

140th anniversary (Death)

MasterpiecesComplete works

06

Jenny <strong>Lind</strong> Jenny Lind, Commemorations (2020), Classical music, Swedish classical singer

200th anniversary (Birth)

December

16

Ludwig van <strong>Beethoven</strong> Ludwig van Beethoven, Commemorations (2020), Classical music, German classical and romantic composer

250th anniversary (Birth)

MasterpiecesComplete works

See also...

Others commemorations and anniversaries

Classical music history (timelines)

 

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