Pelletier or Wallenstein? Schorr or Kolisch? 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 in North America

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 : Pelletier (Canadian musician) or Wallenstein (American musician) ? Moore (American operatic soprano and actress in musical theatre and film) or Bergmann (American 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 en North America, 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 in North America for the years 1850-1900

Who are these greatest performers, the most famous over the 1850-1900 era in North America? 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. Traubel, Gluck, Elman, Dushkin, Zeisler, Ponselle, Samaroff...

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

B

Winifred BambrickThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1892-1969 (20th century)
Performer

Caroline Gardner BartlettThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1868-1938 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & 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

Joseph BeaulieuThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1895-1965 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Simeon BellisonThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1883-1953 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Robert Russell BennettThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1894-1981 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Carl BergmannThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1821-1876 (Romantic)
Conductor & Performer

Alberto BimboniThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1888-1960 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Eubie BlakeThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1887-1983 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Hubert de <strong>Blanck</strong> Hubert de BlanckThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1856-1932 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

George Frederick <strong>Bristow</strong> George Frederick BristowThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1825-1898 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

Arthur BruhnsThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1874-1928 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

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

Adolf <strong>Busch</strong> Adolf BuschThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1891-1952 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

José María BustamanteThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1777-1861 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer


M

Marian MacDowellThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1857-1956 (20th century)
Performer

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

Ernest MacMillanThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1893-1973 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

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

Mana-ZuccaThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1885-1981 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

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

William J. McCoyThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1848-1926 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

José Castañeda MedinillaThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1898-1983 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Yolanda MeroThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1887-1963 (20th century)
Performer

Henri MiroThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1879-1950 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

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

Antonio ModarelliThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1894-1954 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Eduardo Hernández MoncadaThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1899-1995 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Grace <strong>Moore</strong> Grace MooreThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1898-1947 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

Albertine Morin-LabrecqueThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1886-1957 (20th century)
Composer, Lyrical singer & Performer


N

Adolf <strong>Neuendorff</strong> Adolf NeuendorffThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1843-1897 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer


S

Carlos <strong>Salzedo</strong> Carlos SalzedoThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1885-1961 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Olga SamaroffThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1880-1948 (20th century)
Performer

Samuel SanfordThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1849-1910 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

David SapertonThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1889-1970 (20th century)
Performer

Gustave <strong>Satter</strong> Gustave SatterThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1832-1879 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

Friedrich SchorrThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1888-1953 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

Toscha SeidelThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1899-1962 (20th century)
Performer

Harry Rowe <strong>Shelley</strong> Harry Rowe ShelleyThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1858-1947 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Alexander <strong>Siloti</strong> Alexander SilotiThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1863-1945 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Nicolas SlonimskyThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1894-1995 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

David Stanley <strong>Smith</strong> David Stanley SmithThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1877-1949 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Eduard SobolewskiThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1804-1872 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Nikolai SokoloffThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1886-1965 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

John Philip <strong>Sousa</strong> John Philip SousaThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1854-1932 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

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

Eduard SteuermannThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1892-1964 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

William Grant <strong>Still</strong> William Grant StillThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1895-1978 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

Frank Van der <strong>Stucken</strong> Frank Van der StuckenThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1858-1929 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

George <strong>Szell</strong> George SzellThe great 19th-century performers (1850-1900)
1897-1970 (20th century)
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...

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Last update : 2020-06-01

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