Maisky or Gitlis? Mammadova or Baglanova? 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 1900 and 1950 in Asia

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 : Maisky (Latvian-Israeli cellist) or Gitlis (Israeli violinist) ? Delkash (Iranian musician) or Khanlarova (Azerbaijani singer) ? 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 Asia, between 1900 and 1950. 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 Asia for the years 1900-1950

Who are these greatest performers, the most famous over the 1900-1950 era in Asia? 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. Comissiona, Tsitsikian, Pressler, Barenboim, Muradova, Suzuki, Asahina...

At this time, soClassiQ has listed more than 10000 performers. So here is a selection of some performers for the years 1900-1950, in Asia, widely recognized around the world:

A

Azer Dzjanbachisj ogli AbdoellaevThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1929-2010 (20th century)
Performer

Kōmei AbeThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1911-2006 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Keiko AbeThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 83 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Melanya AbovyanThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 76 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

Vasif <strong>Adigozalov</strong> Vasif AdigozalovThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1935-2006 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Ruben AharonyanThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 73 (20th century)
Performer

Tair AkperThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1946-2018 (20th century)
Composer, Lyrical singer & Performer

Yasushi AkutagawaThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1925-1989 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Shovkat AlakbarovaThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1922-1993 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

Franghiz <strong>Ali-Zadeh</strong> Franghiz Ali-ZadehThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 73 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Atar AradThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1945-2015 (20th century)
Performer

Alexander ArutiunianThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1920-2012 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Takashi AsahinaThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1908-2001 (20th century)
Conductor & Performer

Artashes AvetyanThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 77 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

Artashes AvetyanThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 77 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

Atsuko AzumaThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1936-1999 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer


K

Joseph KaminskiThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1903-1972 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Kikuko KanaiThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1911-1986 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Yōji KawahitoThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 80 (20th century)
Performer

Karen KhachaturianThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1920-2011 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Zeynab KhanlarovaThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 83 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

Grigoriy KhersonskiyThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 82 (20th century)
Performer

Hŭi-ho KimThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1920-2001 (20th century)
Performer

Tong-jin KimThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1913-2009 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Ben KimuraThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 80 (20th century)
Performer

Kōichi KishiThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1909-1937 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Yasuji KiyoseThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1900-1981 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Michio KobayashiThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 87 (20th century)
Conductor & Performer

Nobu KōdaThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1870-1946 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Yoshio KodamaThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1909-1986 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

Hideo KojimaThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 79 (20th century)
Conductor & Performer

Jo KondoThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 72 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Yōko KuboThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 76 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Mayako KuboThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 72 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Maya KuliyevaThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1920-2018 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

Kimihiro KumataniThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 71 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

Yoshinobu KuribayashiThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 86 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

Yuriko KuronumaThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 79 (20th century)
Performer


M

MahastiThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1946-2007 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

... M

Mischa <strong>Maisky</strong> Mischa MaiskyThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 72 (20th century)
Performer

Arif MalikovThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1933-2019 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Michio MamiyaThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 90 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Shovkat MammadovaThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1897-1981 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

A. ManevichThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1907-1976 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Tigran MansurianThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 81 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Fuat MansurovThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1928-2010 (20th century)
Conductor & Performer

Yoritsune MatsudairaThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1907-2001 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Keiko MatsunamiThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 73 (20th century)
Performer

Shūya MatsushitaThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1929-2018 (20th century)
Performer

Alexander Melik-PashayevThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1905-1964 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Minoru MikiThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1930-2011 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Bulat MinzhilkievThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1940-1997 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

Mixail Ehtibar oğlu MirzəyevThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 97 (20th century)
Performer

Yōichirō MiyakeThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1914-1994 (20th century)
Conductor & Performer

Fumiaki MiyamotoThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 70 (20th century)
Conductor & Performer

Fatma MukhtarovaThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1893-1972 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

Rubaba MuradovaThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1933-1983 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer


S

Hideo SaitoThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1902-1974 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Ingrid Sala SantamariaThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 80 (20th century)
Performer

Konstantin SaradzhevThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1877-1954 (20th century)
Conductor & Performer

Hossein SarsharThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1931-1992 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

Kazuki SasakiThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 76 (20th century)
Performer

Ermek SerkebaevThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1926-2013 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

Vladimir ShainskyThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1925-2017 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Liu ShikunThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 81 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Yūko ShiokawaThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 74 (20th century)
Performer

Pinchas SteinbergThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 74 (20th century)
Conductor & Performer

Kunnakudi SubbalakshmiThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1931-2010 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

Yōko SukaThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 71 (20th century)
Performer

Nejiko SuwaThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1920-2012 (20th century)
Performer

Ichirō SuzukiThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 72 (20th century)
Performer

Seiichi SuzukiThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1901-1980 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Shinichi SuzukiThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1898-1998 (20th century)
Performer


T

Ali TajvidiThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1919-2006 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Yūji TakahashiThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 81 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Toru <strong>Takemitsu</strong> Toru TakemitsuThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1930-1996 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Rentarō <strong>Taki</strong> Rentarō TakiThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1879-1903 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

Josef TalThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1910-2008 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Margaret Leng TanThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 74 (20th century)
Performer

Kiyoko TanakaThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1932-1996 (20th century)
Performer

Chikashi TanakaThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1939-2009 (20th century)
Performer

Muhai TangThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 70 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Rikizō TayaThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1899-1988 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

Nurghisa TilendievThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1925-1998 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Marija Sergeevna TitarenkoThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1918-2002 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

Loris <strong>Tjeknavorian</strong> Loris TjeknavorianThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 82 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Isao <strong>Tomita</strong> Isao TomitaThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1932-2016 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Sulkhan TsintsadzeThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1925-1991 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Anahit TsitsikianThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1926-1999 (20th century)
Performer

Fou Ts'ongThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 86 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Tsuyoshi TsutsumiThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 77 (20th century)
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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