The great classical music performers Asia

 

Mintz or Wang? Lanfang or Khachatryan? 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 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 : Mintz (Israeli violin virtuoso, violist and conductor) or Wang (Chinese pianist) ? Jo (South Korean operatic soprano) or Zukerman (Israeli violinist, 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, . 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

Who are these greatest performers, the most famous over the 1880-2020 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. Gitlis, Comissiona, Vengerov, Papian, Maisky, Perlman, Chung...

At this time, soClassiQ has listed more than 10000 performers. So here is a selection of some performers for the years 1880-2020, in Asia, widely recognized around the world:

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

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

Nino <strong>Machaidze</strong> Nino MachaidzeThe great classical music performers
age 37 (20th century)
Lyrical singer & Performer

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

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

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

Anna MalikovaThe great classical music performers
age 55 (20th century)
Performer

Michio MamiyaThe great classical music performers
age 91 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Shunsuke SatoThe great classical music performers
age 36 (20th century)
Performer

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

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

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

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

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

Liu ShikunThe great classical music performers
age 81 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Hyun Su ShinThe great classical music performers
age 33 (20th century)
Performer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Masaaki <strong>Suzuki</strong> Masaaki SuzukiThe great classical music performers
age 66 (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...

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Last update : 2020-08-01

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