The great 20th-century performers (1950-2000) North America

 

Callas or Levine? Perahia or Liberace? 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 1950 and 2000+ 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 : Callas (American-born Greek operatic soprano) or Levine (American conductor and pianist) ? Alsop (Conductor and violinist) or Sills (opera soprano (1929-2007)) ? 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 1950 and 2000+. 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 1950-2000+

Who are these greatest performers, the most famous over the 1950-2000+ 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. Lisitsa, Anderson, Chang, Fleming, Stern, Järvi, Starker...

At this time, soClassiQ has listed more than 10000 performers. So here is a selection of some performers for the years 1950-2000+, in North America, widely recognized around the world:

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Samuel <strong>Barber</strong> Samuel BarberThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1910-1981 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

John <strong>Barry</strong> John BarryThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1933-2011 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Kathleen <strong>Battle</strong> Kathleen BattleThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
age 71 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

Joshua <strong>Bell</strong> Joshua BellThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
age 52 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Robert Russell BennettThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1894-1981 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Cathy BerberianThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1925-1983 (20th century)
Composer, Lyrical singer & Performer

Boris BermanThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
age 72 (20th century)
Performer

Elmer <strong>Bernstein</strong> Elmer BernsteinThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1922-2004 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Leonard <strong>Bernstein</strong> Leonard BernsteinThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1918-1990 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Jerry BockThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1928-2010 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

William <strong>Bolcom</strong> William BolcomThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
age 82 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Jorge <strong>Bolet</strong> Jorge BoletThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1914-1990 (20th century)
Conductor & Performer

Barbara <strong>Bonney</strong> Barbara BonneyThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
age 64 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

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

Paul <strong>Bowles</strong> Paul BowlesThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1910-1999 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Glenn <strong>Branca</strong> Glenn BrancaThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1948-2018 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Avery BrooksThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
age 70 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

Leo <strong>Brouwer</strong> Leo BrouwerThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1939-2003 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Adolf <strong>Busch</strong> Adolf BuschThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1891-1952 (20th century)
Composer & Performer


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Hilary <strong>Hahn</strong> Hilary HahnThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
age 40 (20th century)
Performer

Marc-André <strong>Hamelin</strong> Marc-André HamelinThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
age 58 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

W. C. <strong>Handy</strong> W. C. HandyThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1873-1958 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Barbara <strong>Hannigan</strong> Barbara HanniganThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
age 49 (20th century)
Conductor, Lyrical singer & Performer

Howard <strong>Hanson</strong> Howard HansonThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1896-1981 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Lynn <strong>Harrell</strong> Lynn HarrellThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1944-2020 (20th century)
Performer

Jascha <strong>Heifetz</strong> Jascha HeifetzThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1901-1987 (20th century)
Performer

Barbara <strong>Hendricks</strong> Barbara HendricksThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
age 71 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

Angela <strong>Hewitt</strong> Angela HewittThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
age 62 (20th century)
Performer

Paul <strong>Hindemith</strong> Paul HindemithThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1895-1963 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Josef <strong>Hofmann</strong> Josef HofmannThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1876-1957 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

James <strong>Horner</strong> James HornerThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1953-2015 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Vladimir <strong>Horowitz</strong> Vladimir HorowitzThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1903-1989 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Mieczysław <strong>Horszowski</strong> Mieczysław HorszowskiThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1892-1993 (20th century)
Performer

Alan <strong>Hovhaness</strong> Alan HovhanessThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1911-2000 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

James Newton <strong>Howard</strong> James Newton HowardThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
age 69 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer


M

Yo-Yo <strong>Ma</strong> Yo-Yo MaThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
age 64 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Lorin <strong>Maazel</strong> Lorin MaazelThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1930-2014 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Jeanette <strong>MacDonald</strong> Jeanette MacDonaldThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1903-1965 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

Alma <strong>Mahler</strong> Alma MahlerThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1879-1964 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Henry <strong>Mancini</strong> Henry ManciniThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1924-1994 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Wynton <strong>Marsalis</strong> Wynton MarsalisThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
age 58 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Bohuslav <strong>Martinů</strong> Bohuslav MartinůThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1890-1959 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Audra <strong>Mcdonald</strong> Audra McdonaldThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
age 50 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

Yehudi <strong>Menuhin</strong> Yehudi MenuhinThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1916-1999 (20th century)
Conductor & Performer

Robert <strong>Merrill</strong> Robert MerrillThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1917-2004 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

David MillerThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
age 47 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

Nathan <strong>Milstein</strong> Nathan MilsteinThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1902-1992 (20th century)
Performer

Dimitri <strong>Mitropoulos</strong> Dimitri MitropoulosThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1896-1960 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Gabriela <strong>Montero</strong> Gabriela MonteroThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
age 50 (20th century)
Composer & Performer


R

Steve <strong>Reich</strong> Steve ReichThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
age 83 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Fritz <strong>Reiner</strong> Fritz ReinerThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1888-1963 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Regina ResnikThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1922-2013 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

Ruggiero RicciThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1918-2012 (20th century)
Performer

Wallingford <strong>Riegger</strong> Wallingford RieggerThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1885-1961 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Terry <strong>Riley</strong> Terry RileyThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
age 85 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

George RochbergThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1918-2005 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Clara <strong>Rockmore</strong> Clara RockmoreThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1911-1998 (20th century)
Performer

Richard <strong>Rodgers</strong> Richard RodgersThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1902-1979 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Sigmund <strong>Romberg</strong> Sigmund RombergThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1887-1951 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Leonard <strong>Rose</strong> Leonard RoseThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1918-1984 (20th century)
Performer

Scott <strong>Ross</strong> Scott RossThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1951-1989 (20th century)
Performer

Miklós <strong>Rózsa</strong> Miklós RózsaThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1907-1995 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Arthur <strong>Rubinstein</strong> Arthur RubinsteinThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1887-1982 (20th century)
Performer

Frederic <strong>Rzewski</strong> Frederic RzewskiThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
age 82 (20th century)
Composer & Performer


S

Lalo <strong>Schifrin</strong> Lalo SchifrinThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
age 88 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Alexander <strong>Schneider</strong> Alexander SchneiderThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1908-1993 (20th century)
Conductor & Performer

Arnold <strong>Schoenberg</strong> Arnold SchoenbergThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1874-1951 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Gunther <strong>Schuller</strong> Gunther SchullerThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1925-2015 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Gil <strong>Shaham</strong> Gil ShahamThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
age 49 (20th century)
Performer

Anoushka <strong>Shankar</strong> Anoushka ShankarThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
age 39 (20th century)
Composer, Lyrical singer & Performer

Edward ShearmurThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
age 54 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Howard <strong>Shore</strong> Howard ShoreThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
age 73 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Beverly <strong>Sills</strong> Beverly SillsThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1929-2007 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

Abbey SimonThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1920-2019 (20th century)
Performer

Nicolas SlonimskyThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1894-1995 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Dang Thai <strong>Son</strong> Dang Thai SonThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
age 62 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Stephen <strong>Sondheim</strong> Stephen SondheimThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
age 90 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Frederica von StadeThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
age 75 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

János StarkerThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1924-2013 (20th century)
Performer

Max <strong>Steiner</strong> Max SteinerThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1888-1971 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Jim SteinmanThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
age 72 (20th century)
Composer, Lyrical singer & Performer

Isaac <strong>Stern</strong> Isaac SternThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1920-2001 (20th century)
Conductor & Performer

Eduard SteuermannThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1892-1964 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

William Grant <strong>Still</strong> William Grant StillThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1895-1978 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Igor <strong>Stravinsky</strong> Igor StravinskyThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1882-1971 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Zoltán SzékelyThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1903-2001 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

George <strong>Szell</strong> George SzellThe great 20th-century performers (1950-2000)
1897-1970 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer


Some performers to be celebrated very soon

Next month, more than 30 important artists and musicians will be honoured. In September 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, Paul Hamburger (1920-2004), 100th anniversary (Birth),
on 4, David Garrett (1980- ), 40th anniversary,
on 8, Lars Vogt (1970- ), 50th anniversary,
on 27, Jacques Thibaud (1880-1953), 140th anniversary (Birth),
on 29, Václav Neumann (1920-1995), 100th anniversary (Birth),
...

There are others to discover. And it is not too late to focus on the August 2020 celebrations (40+).

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

See also...

Last update : 2020-08-01

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