Barenboim or Vengerov? Salonga or Chung? 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 2000+ 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 : Barenboim (Israeli Argentine-born pianist and conductor) or Vengerov (Russian violinist, violist, and conductor) ? Lang (Chinese pianist) or Mintz (Israeli violin virtuoso, violist 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 en Asia, between 1900 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 Asia for the years 1900-2000+

Who are these greatest performers, the most famous over the 1900-2000+ 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. Chung, Khachatryan, Tsitsikian, Papian, Wang, Gitlis, Perlman...

At this time, soClassiQ has listed more than 10000 performers. So here is a selection of some performers for the years 1900-2000+, in Asia, widely recognized around the world:

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Bileg DamdinsurenThe great 20th-century performers
1919-1992 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Hossein DehlaviThe great 20th-century performers
1927-2019 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

DelkashThe great 20th-century performers
1924-2004 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

Victor DolidzeThe great 20th-century performers
1890-1933 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Tan <strong>Dun</strong> Tan DunThe great 20th-century performers
age 62 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer


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

Ibrahim MaaloufThe great 20th-century performers
age 39 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Nino MachaidzeThe great 20th-century performers
age 37 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

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

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

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

Anna MalikovaThe great 20th-century performers
age 54 (20th century)
Performer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shlomo MintzThe great 20th-century performers
age 62 (20th century)
Conductor & Performer

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

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

Kaori MurajiThe great 20th-century performers
age 42 (20th century)
Performer


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Toshihiko SahashiThe great 20th-century performers
age 60 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

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

Ryuichi <strong>Sakamoto</strong> Ryuichi SakamotoThe great 20th-century performers
age 68 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Lea <strong>Salonga</strong> Lea SalongaThe great 20th-century performers
age 49 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

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

Shunsuke SatoThe great 20th-century performers
age 35 (20th century)
Performer

Hagai ShahamThe great 20th-century performers
age 53 (20th century)
Performer

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

David ShallonThe great 20th-century performers
1950-2000 (20th century)
Conductor & Performer

Lahav <strong>Shani</strong> Lahav ShaniThe great 20th-century performers
age 31 (20th century)
Conductor & Performer

Anoushka ShankarThe great 20th-century performers
age 38 (20th century)
Composer, Lyrical singer & Performer

Bright ShengThe great 20th-century performers
age 64 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Hyun Su ShinThe great 20th-century performers
age 32 (20th century)
Performer

Sayaka <strong>Shoji</strong> Sayaka ShojiThe great 20th-century performers
age 37 (20th century)
Performer

Yeol Eum <strong>Son</strong> Yeol Eum SonThe great 20th-century performers
age 34 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Dang Thai SonThe great 20th-century performers
age 61 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

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

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

Akiko SuwanaiThe great 20th-century performers
age 48 (20th century)
Performer

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

Masaaki <strong>Suzuki</strong> Masaaki SuzukiThe great 20th-century performers
age 66 (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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