Suggia or Szigeti? Anderson or Neuhaus? It is difficult for inquiring minds to tackle a field as large and diverse as classical music, covering 10 centuries of history: there are uncountable numbers of classical music performers in the world. 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 performer/musician not be instinctively privileged by an English critic?

For example: in Canada, Marc-André Hamelin, a Quebec pianist and composer, is at least as popular as the German violinist Anne-Sofie Mutter, who is more internationally renowned.

Timeline of classical musicians, between 1850 and 1900

Whoever wants to discover classical music 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 this field. So : Suggia (Portuguese musician) or Szigeti (Hungarian violinist) ? Haskil (Romanian classical pianist of Sephardic Jewish descent) or Cortot (Franco-Swiss pianist and conductor) ? However, the knowledge available about musicians is enormous. It was processed to select the 10, 25, 50... most popular performers around the world, for those living or having lived between 1850 and 1900. And this objectively, and for the first time (soClassiQ exclusivity).

Performers rendered as a timeline to bring a little perspective:

ComposersConductorsLyrical singersPerformersReduce to performers only WorldwideEuropeNorth AmericaSouth AmericaAsiaOceaniaAfrica 2020

This timeline is interactive to navigate through the ages or across continents (with ).

Top 10 classical musicians for the years 1850-1900

Who are these greatest performers, the most famous over the 1850-1900 era? The carreer of these musician has marked the history of classical music. There are those you probably know, or at least by name and the others.

Here are these 10 performers, renowned artists from around the world:


The musicians and artists who also composed were removed from this ranking.

The selections of musicians (performers) proposed by soClassiQ are based exclusively on algorithms. The same applies to the composers, their works, 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 well, for those who can easily name 50 or more classical music performers. Jenkins, Landowska, Rubinstein, Ormandy, Sax, Long, Barbirolli...

At this time, soClassiQ has listed more than 10000 performers. So here is a selection of some performers for the years 1850-1900, widely recognized around the world:

B

Wilhelm <strong>Backhaus</strong> Wilhelm BackhausThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1884-1969 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Tekla Bądarzewska-BaranowskaThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1834-1861 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

Mily <strong>Balakirev</strong> Mily BalakirevThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1837-1910 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

John <strong>Barbirolli</strong> John BarbirolliThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1899-1970 (20th century)
Conductor & Performer

Béla <strong>Bartók</strong> Béla BartókThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1881-1945 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Amy <strong>Beach</strong> Amy BeachThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1867-1944 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Alban <strong>Berg</strong> Alban BergThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1885-1935 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Hector <strong>Berlioz</strong> Hector BerliozThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1803-1869 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Franz <strong>Berwald</strong> Franz BerwaldThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1796-1868 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

Georges <strong>Bizet</strong> Georges BizetThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1838-1875 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Alexander <strong>Borodin</strong> Alexander BorodinThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1833-1887 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Giovanni <strong>Bottesini</strong> Giovanni BottesiniThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1821-1889 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Nadia <strong>Boulanger</strong> Nadia BoulangerThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1887-1979 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Johannes <strong>Brahms</strong> Johannes BrahmsThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1833-1897 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Anton <strong>Bruckner</strong> Anton BrucknerThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1824-1896 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Ole <strong>Bull</strong> Ole BullThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1810-1880 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

Hans von <strong>Bülow</strong> Hans von BülowThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1830-1894 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Friedrich <strong>Burgmüller</strong> Friedrich BurgmüllerThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1806-1874 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

Ferruccio <strong>Busoni</strong> Ferruccio BusoniThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1866-1924 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer


C

Pedriyo Sanchez <strong>Carapelicano</strong> Pedriyo Sanchez CarapelicanoThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1885-1944 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Matteo <strong>Carcassi</strong> Matteo CarcassiThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1792-1853 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

Teresa <strong>Carreño</strong> Teresa CarreñoThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1853-1917 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor, Lyrical singer & Performer

Pau <strong>Casals</strong> Pau CasalsThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1876-1973 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Alfredo <strong>Casella</strong> Alfredo CasellaThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1883-1947 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Mario <strong>Castelnuovo-Tedesco</strong> Mario Castelnuovo-TedescoThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1895-1968 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Emmanuel <strong>Chabrier</strong> Emmanuel ChabrierThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1841-1894 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Cécile <strong>Chaminade</strong> Cécile ChaminadeThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1857-1944 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Ernest <strong>Chausson</strong> Ernest ChaussonThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1855-1899 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Francesco <strong>Cilea</strong> Francesco CileaThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1866-1950 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Alfred <strong>Cortot</strong> Alfred CortotThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1877-1962 (20th century)
Conductor & Performer

Noël <strong>Coward</strong> Noël CowardThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1899-1973 (20th century)
Composer, Lyrical singer & Performer

Henry <strong>Cowell</strong> Henry CowellThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1897-1965 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

César <strong>Cui</strong> César CuiThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1835-1918 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

Carl <strong>Czerny</strong> Carl CzernyThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1791-1857 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

Complete works


M

Edward <strong>MacDowell</strong> Edward MacDowellThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1860-1908 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

Alma <strong>Mahler</strong> Alma MahlerThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1879-1964 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Gustav <strong>Mahler</strong> Gustav MahlerThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1860-1911 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Frank <strong>Martin</strong> Frank MartinThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1890-1974 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Bohuslav <strong>Martinů</strong> Bohuslav MartinůThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1890-1959 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Jules <strong>Massenet</strong> Jules MassenetThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1842-1912 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

Nikolai <strong>Medtner</strong> Nikolai MedtnerThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1879-1951 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Oskar <strong>Merikanto</strong> Oskar MerikantoThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1868-1924 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Giacomo <strong>Meyerbeer</strong> Giacomo MeyerbeerThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1791-1864 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Darius <strong>Milhaud</strong> Darius MilhaudThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1892-1974 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Dimitri <strong>Mitropoulos</strong> Dimitri MitropoulosThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1896-1960 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Vittorio <strong>Monti</strong> Vittorio MontiThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1868-1922 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Ignaz <strong>Moscheles</strong> Ignaz MoschelesThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1794-1870 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Moritz <strong>Moszkowski</strong> Moritz MoszkowskiThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1854-1925 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Modest Petrovich <strong>Mussorgsky</strong> Modest Petrovich MussorgskyThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1839-1881 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works


R

Sergei <strong>Rachmaninoff</strong> Sergei RachmaninoffThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1873-1943 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Maurice <strong>Ravel</strong> Maurice RavelThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1875-1937 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Max <strong>Reger</strong> Max RegerThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1873-1916 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Carl <strong>Reinecke</strong> Carl ReineckeThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1824-1910 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Fritz <strong>Reiner</strong> Fritz ReinerThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1888-1963 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Ottorino <strong>Respighi</strong> Ottorino RespighiThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1879-1936 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Silvestre <strong>Revueltas</strong> Silvestre RevueltasThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1899-1940 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Hans <strong>Richter</strong> Hans RichterThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1843-1916 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Gioachino <strong>Rossini</strong> Gioachino RossiniThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1792-1868 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Albert <strong>Roussel</strong> Albert RousselThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1869-1937 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Nikolai <strong>Rubinstein</strong> Nikolai RubinsteinThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1835-1881 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Anton <strong>Rubinstein</strong> Anton RubinsteinThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1829-1894 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Arthur <strong>Rubinstein</strong> Arthur RubinsteinThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1887-1982 (20th century)
Performer


S

Camille <strong>Saint-Saëns</strong> Camille Saint-SaënsThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1835-1921 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Pablo de <strong>Sarasate</strong> Pablo de SarasateThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1844-1908 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Erik <strong>Satie</strong> Erik SatieThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1866-1925 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Adolphe <strong>Sax</strong> Adolphe SaxThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1814-1894 (Romantic)
Performer

Franz <strong>Schmidt</strong> Franz SchmidtThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1874-1939 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Artur <strong>Schnabel</strong> Artur SchnabelThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1882-1951 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Arnold <strong>Schoenberg</strong> Arnold SchoenbergThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1874-1951 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Clara <strong>Schumann</strong> Clara SchumannThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1819-1896 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

Robert <strong>Schumann</strong> Robert SchumannThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1810-1856 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Alexander <strong>Scriabin</strong> Alexander ScriabinThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1872-1915 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Jean <strong>Sibelius</strong> Jean SibeliusThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1865-1957 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Bedřich <strong>Smetana</strong> Bedřich SmetanaThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1824-1884 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Louis <strong>Spohr</strong> Louis SpohrThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1784-1859 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Max <strong>Steiner</strong> Max SteinerThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1888-1971 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Wilhelm <strong>Stenhammar</strong> Wilhelm StenhammarThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1871-1927 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Richard <strong>Strauss</strong> Richard StraussThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1864-1949 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Igor <strong>Stravinsky</strong> Igor StravinskyThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1882-1971 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Guilhermina SuggiaThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1885-1950 (20th century)
Performer

Josef <strong>Suk</strong> Josef SukThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1874-1935 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Arthur <strong>Sullivan</strong> Arthur SullivanThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1842-1900 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

George <strong>Szell</strong> George SzellThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1897-1970 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Joseph <strong>Szigeti</strong> Joseph SzigetiThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1892-1973 (20th century)
Performer

Karol <strong>Szymanowski</strong> Karol SzymanowskiThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1882-1937 (20th century)
Composer & Performer


U

Viktor <strong>Ullmann</strong> Viktor UllmannThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1898-1944 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer


Y

Eugène <strong>Ysaÿe</strong> Eugène YsaÿeThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1858-1931 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Some performers to be celebrated very soon

Next month, more than 40 important artists and musicians will be honoured. In July 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 performers:

on 3, Audra Mcdonald (1970- ), 50th anniversary,
on 12, Keith Andes (1920-2005), 100th anniversary (Birth),
on 21, Isaac Stern (1920-2001), 100th anniversary (Birth),
on 28, Riccardo Muti (1940- ), 80th anniversary,
on 29, John Barbirolli (1899-1970), 50th anniversary (Death),
...

There are others to discover. And it is not too late to focus on the June 2020 celebrations (20+).

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

See also...

Last update : 2020-06-01

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