The great 20th-century performers (1900-1950) Europe

 

Nikisch or Maisky? Pires or Rockmore? 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 Europe

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 : Nikisch (Hungarian conductor) or Maisky (Latvian-Israeli cellist) ? Michelangeli (Italian pianist) or Pré (British cellist) ? 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 Europe, 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 2021

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

Top 10 classical musicians in Europe for the years 1900-1950

Who are these greatest performers, the most famous over the 1900-1950 era in Europe? 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. Rebroff, Menuhin, Haitink, Szeryng, Haendel, Oistrakh, Cortot...

At this time, soClassiQ has listed more than 11000 performers. So here is a selection of some performers for the years 1900-1950, in Europe, widely recognized around the world:

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Grażyna <strong>Bacewicz</strong> Grażyna BacewiczThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1909-1969 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Mily <strong>Balakirev</strong> Mily BalakirevThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1837-1910 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

John <strong>Barbirolli</strong> John BarbirolliThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1899-1970 (20th century)
Conductor & Performer

Daniel <strong>Barenboim</strong> Daniel BarenboimThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 77 (20th century)
Conductor & Performer

John <strong>Barry</strong> John BarryThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1933-2011 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Rudolf <strong>Barshai</strong> Rudolf BarshaiThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1924-2010 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Béla <strong>Bartók</strong> Béla BartókThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1881-1945 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Alban <strong>Berg</strong> Alban BergThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1885-1935 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Luciano <strong>Berio</strong> Luciano BerioThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1925-2003 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

İdil <strong>Biret</strong> İdil BiretThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 78 (20th century)
Performer

Victor <strong>Borge</strong> Victor BorgeThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1909-2000 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Nadia <strong>Boulanger</strong> Nadia BoulangerThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1887-1979 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Pierre <strong>Boulez</strong> Pierre BoulezThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1925-2016 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Julian <strong>Bream</strong> Julian BreamThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1933-2020 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Alfred <strong>Brendel</strong> Alfred BrendelThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 89 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Benjamin <strong>Britten</strong> Benjamin BrittenThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1913-1976 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Ferruccio <strong>Busoni</strong> Ferruccio BusoniThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1866-1924 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer


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George <strong>Enescu</strong> George EnescuThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1881-1955 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer


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Jacques <strong>Ibert</strong> Jacques IbertThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1890-1962 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer


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Gustav <strong>Mahler</strong> Gustav MahlerThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1860-1911 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

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

Neville <strong>Marriner</strong> Neville MarrinerThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1924-2016 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Bohuslav <strong>Martinů</strong> Bohuslav MartinůThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1890-1959 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Jules <strong>Massenet</strong> Jules MassenetThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1842-1912 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

Nikolai <strong>Medtner</strong> Nikolai MedtnerThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1879-1951 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Yehudi <strong>Menuhin</strong> Yehudi MenuhinThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1916-1999 (20th century)
Conductor & Performer

Olivier <strong>Messiaen</strong> Olivier MessiaenThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1908-1992 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Arturo Benedetti <strong>Michelangeli</strong> Arturo Benedetti MichelangeliThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1920-1995 (20th century)
Performer

Darius <strong>Milhaud</strong> Darius MilhaudThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1892-1974 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Nathan <strong>Milstein</strong> Nathan MilsteinThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1902-1992 (20th century)
Performer

Dimitri <strong>Mitropoulos</strong> Dimitri MitropoulosThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1896-1960 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Ennio <strong>Morricone</strong> Ennio MorriconeThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1928-2020 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Moritz <strong>Moszkowski</strong> Moritz MoszkowskiThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1854-1925 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Riccardo <strong>Muti</strong> Riccardo MutiThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 80 (20th century)
Conductor & Performer


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Ignacy Jan <strong>Paderewski</strong> Ignacy Jan PaderewskiThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1860-1941 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Andrzej <strong>Panufnik</strong> Andrzej PanufnikThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1914-1991 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Arvo <strong>Pärt</strong> Arvo PärtThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 85 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Krzysztof <strong>Penderecki</strong> Krzysztof PendereckiThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1933-2020 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Gregor <strong>Piatigorsky</strong> Gregor PiatigorskyThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1903-1976 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Maria João <strong>Pires</strong> Maria João PiresThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 76 (20th century)
Performer

Maurizio <strong>Pollini</strong> Maurizio PolliniThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 78 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

David <strong>Popper</strong> David PopperThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1843-1913 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

Francis <strong>Poulenc</strong> Francis PoulencThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1899-1963 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Jacqueline du <strong>Pré</strong> Jacqueline du PréThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1945-1987 (20th century)
Performer

André <strong>Previn</strong> André PrevinThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1929-2019 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Sergei <strong>Prokofiev</strong> Sergei ProkofievThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1891-1953 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Giacomo <strong>Puccini</strong> Giacomo PucciniThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1858-1924 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works


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Sergei <strong>Rachmaninoff</strong> Sergei RachmaninoffThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1873-1943 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Jean-Pierre <strong>Rampal</strong> Jean-Pierre RampalThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1922-2000 (20th century)
Performer

Maurice <strong>Ravel</strong> Maurice RavelThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1875-1937 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Ivan <strong>Rebroff</strong> Ivan RebroffThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1931-2008 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

Max <strong>Reger</strong> Max RegerThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1873-1916 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Carl <strong>Reinecke</strong> Carl ReineckeThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1824-1910 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Fritz <strong>Reiner</strong> Fritz ReinerThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1888-1963 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Ottorino <strong>Respighi</strong> Ottorino RespighiThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1879-1936 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Karl <strong>Richter</strong> Karl RichterThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1926-1981 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Sviatoslav <strong>Richter</strong> Sviatoslav RichterThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1915-1997 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

André <strong>Rieu</strong> André RieuThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 71 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Clara <strong>Rockmore</strong> Clara RockmoreThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1911-1998 (20th century)
Performer

Joaquín <strong>Rodrigo</strong> Joaquín RodrigoThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1901-1999 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Mstislav <strong>Rostropovich</strong> Mstislav RostropovichThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1927-2007 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Nino <strong>Rota</strong> Nino RotaThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1911-1979 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Albert <strong>Roussel</strong> Albert RousselThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1869-1937 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Gennady <strong>Rozhdestvensky</strong> Gennady RozhdestvenskyThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1931-2018 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Miklós <strong>Rózsa</strong> Miklós RózsaThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1907-1995 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Arthur <strong>Rubinstein</strong> Arthur RubinsteinThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1887-1982 (20th century)
Performer


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Camille <strong>Saint-Saëns</strong> Camille Saint-SaënsThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1835-1921 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Pablo de <strong>Sarasate</strong> Pablo de SarasateThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1844-1908 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Erik <strong>Satie</strong> Erik SatieThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1866-1925 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Jordi <strong>Savall</strong> Jordi SavallThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 79 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Wolfgang <strong>Sawallisch</strong> Wolfgang SawallischThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1923-2013 (20th century)
Conductor & Performer

Artur <strong>Schnabel</strong> Artur SchnabelThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1882-1951 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Alfred <strong>Schnittke</strong> Alfred SchnittkeThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1934-1998 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Arnold <strong>Schoenberg</strong> Arnold SchoenbergThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1874-1951 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Alexander <strong>Scriabin</strong> Alexander ScriabinThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1872-1915 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Rudolf <strong>Serkin</strong> Rudolf SerkinThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1903-1991 (20th century)
Performer

Rodion <strong>Shchedrin</strong> Rodion ShchedrinThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
age 87 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Dmitri <strong>Shostakovich</strong> Dmitri ShostakovichThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1906-1975 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Jean <strong>Sibelius</strong> Jean SibeliusThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1865-1957 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Georg <strong>Solti</strong> Georg SoltiThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1912-1997 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Karlheinz <strong>Stockhausen</strong> Karlheinz StockhausenThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1925-2007 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Richard <strong>Strauss</strong> Richard StraussThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1864-1949 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Igor <strong>Stravinsky</strong> Igor StravinskyThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1882-1971 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Josef <strong>Suk</strong> Josef SukThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1874-1935 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Arthur <strong>Sullivan</strong> Arthur SullivanThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1842-1900 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Yevgeny <strong>Svetlanov</strong> Yevgeny SvetlanovThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1928-2002 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Georgy <strong>Sviridov</strong> Georgy SviridovThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1915-1998 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

George <strong>Szell</strong> George SzellThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1897-1970 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Henryk <strong>Szeryng</strong> Henryk SzeryngThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1918-1988 (20th century)
Performer

Władysław <strong>Szpilman</strong> Władysław SzpilmanThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1911-2000 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Karol <strong>Szymanowski</strong> Karol SzymanowskiThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1882-1937 (20th century)
Composer & Performer


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Viktor <strong>Ullmann</strong> Viktor UllmannThe great 20th-century performers (1900-1950)
1898-1944 (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 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 performers:

on 4, Malena Ernman (1970- ), 50th anniversary,
on 19, Maria Yudina (1899-1970), 50th anniversary (Death),
on 21, Hŭi-ho Kim (1920-2001), 100th anniversary (Birth),
on 26, Nathan Gunn (1970- ), 50th anniversary,
...

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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