The great classical music performers Europe

 

Szeryng or Barenboim? Landowska or Haitink? 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 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 : Szeryng (Polish-Mexican violinist) or Barenboim (Israeli Argentine-born pianist and conductor) ? Rubinstein (Polish-American classical pianist) or Maisky (Latvian-Israeli 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, . 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 Europe

Who are these greatest performers, the most famous over the 1880-2020 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. Cortot, Rattle, Buniatishvili, Kogan, Jaroussky, Lisitsa, Mutter...

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

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Claudio <strong>Abbado</strong> Claudio AbbadoThe great classical music performers
1933-2014 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Theodor W. <strong>Adorno</strong> Theodor W. AdornoThe great classical music performers
1903-1969 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

Jehan <strong>Alain</strong> Jehan AlainThe great classical music performers
1911-1940 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Isaac <strong>Albéniz</strong> Isaac AlbénizThe great classical music performers
1860-1909 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Géza <strong>Anda</strong> Géza AndaThe great classical music performers
1921-1976 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Anton <strong>Arensky</strong> Anton ArenskyThe great classical music performers
1861-1906 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Vladimir <strong>Ashkenazy</strong> Vladimir AshkenazyThe great classical music performers
age 83 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Leopold von <strong>Auer</strong> Leopold von AuerThe great classical music performers
1845-1930 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer


B

Mily <strong>Balakirev</strong> Mily BalakirevThe great classical music performers
1837-1910 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Daniel <strong>Barenboim</strong> Daniel BarenboimThe great classical music performers
age 77 (20th century)
Conductor & Performer

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

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

Yury <strong>Bashmet</strong> Yury BashmetThe great classical music performers
age 67 (20th century)
Conductor & Performer

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

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

İdil <strong>Biret</strong> İdil BiretThe great classical music performers
age 78 (20th century)
Performer

Andrea <strong>Bocelli</strong> Andrea BocelliThe great classical music performers
age 61 (20th century)
Composer, Lyrical singer & Performer

Alexander <strong>Borodin</strong> Alexander BorodinThe great classical music performers
1833-1887 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

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

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

Johannes <strong>Brahms</strong> Johannes BrahmsThe great classical music performers
1833-1897 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

Anton <strong>Bruckner</strong> Anton BrucknerThe great classical music performers
1824-1896 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Ole <strong>Bull</strong> Ole BullThe great classical music performers
1810-1880 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

Hans von <strong>Bülow</strong> Hans von BülowThe great classical music performers
1830-1894 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Khatia <strong>Buniatishvili</strong> Khatia BuniatishviliThe great classical music performers
age 33 (20th century)
Performer

Ferruccio <strong>Busoni</strong> Ferruccio BusoniThe great classical music performers
1866-1924 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer


E

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


... M

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

Clint <strong>Mansell</strong> Clint MansellThe great classical music performers
age 57 (20th century)
Composer, Lyrical singer & Performer

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

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

Jules <strong>Massenet</strong> Jules MassenetThe great classical music performers
1842-1912 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

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

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

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

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

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

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

Moritz <strong>Moszkowski</strong> Moritz MoszkowskiThe great classical music performers
1854-1925 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Maksim <strong>Mrvica</strong> Maksim MrvicaThe great classical music performers
age 45 (20th century)
Performer

Modest Petrovich <strong>Mussorgsky</strong> Modest Petrovich MussorgskyThe great classical music performers
1839-1881 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Riccardo <strong>Muti</strong> Riccardo MutiThe great classical music performers
age 80 (20th century)
Conductor & Performer

Anne-Sophie <strong>Mutter</strong> Anne-Sophie MutterThe great classical music performers
age 57 (20th century)
Performer


R

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

Simon <strong>Rattle</strong> Simon RattleThe great classical music performers
age 65 (20th century)
Conductor & Performer

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

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

Max <strong>Reger</strong> Max RegerThe great classical music performers
1873-1916 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Carl <strong>Reinecke</strong> Carl ReineckeThe great classical music performers
1824-1910 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

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

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

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

André <strong>Rieu</strong> André RieuThe great classical music performers
age 70 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nikolai <strong>Rubinstein</strong> Nikolai RubinsteinThe great classical music performers
1835-1881 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Anton <strong>Rubinstein</strong> Anton RubinsteinThe great classical music performers
1829-1894 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

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


S

Camille <strong>Saint-Saëns</strong> Camille Saint-SaënsThe great classical music performers
1835-1921 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Pablo de <strong>Sarasate</strong> Pablo de SarasateThe great classical music performers
1844-1908 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Erik <strong>Satie</strong> Erik SatieThe great classical music performers
1866-1925 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

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

Adolphe <strong>Sax</strong> Adolphe SaxThe great classical music performers
1814-1894 (Romantic)
Performer

Fazıl <strong>Say</strong> Fazıl SayThe great classical music performers
age 50 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

András <strong>Schiff</strong> András SchiffThe great classical music performers
age 66 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

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

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

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

Clara <strong>Schumann</strong> Clara SchumannThe great classical music performers
1819-1896 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

Alexander <strong>Scriabin</strong> Alexander ScriabinThe great classical music performers
1872-1915 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Rodion <strong>Shchedrin</strong> Rodion ShchedrinThe great classical music performers
age 87 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

Bedřich <strong>Smetana</strong> Bedřich SmetanaThe great classical music performers
1824-1884 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

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

Karlheinz <strong>Stockhausen</strong> Karlheinz StockhausenThe great classical music performers
1928-2007 (20th century)
Composer & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

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

Arthur <strong>Sullivan</strong> Arthur SullivanThe great classical music performers
1842-1900 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

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

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

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

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


U

Viktor <strong>Ullmann</strong> Viktor UllmannThe great classical music performers
1898-1944 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer


W

Richard <strong>Wagner</strong> Richard WagnerThe great classical music performers
1813-1883 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

MasterpiecesComplete works

Émile <strong>Waldteufel</strong> Émile WaldteufelThe great classical music performers
1837-1915 (Romantic)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Bruno <strong>Walter</strong> Bruno WalterThe great classical music performers
1876-1962 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

William <strong>Walton</strong> William WaltonThe great classical music performers
1902-1983 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Anton <strong>Webern</strong> Anton WebernThe great classical music performers
1883-1945 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Kurt <strong>Weill</strong> Kurt WeillThe great classical music performers
1900-1950 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer

Charles-Marie <strong>Widor</strong> Charles-Marie WidorThe great classical music performers
1844-1937 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

Henryk <strong>Wieniawski</strong> Henryk WieniawskiThe great classical music performers
1835-1880 (Romantic)
Composer & Performer

Ralph Vaughan <strong>Williams</strong> Ralph Vaughan WilliamsThe great classical music performers
1872-1958 (20th century)
Composer, Conductor & Performer


Y

Eugène <strong>Ysaÿe</strong> Eugène YsaÿeThe great classical music performers
1858-1931 (Romantic)
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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