A comprehensive directory of world's most famous musicians.

Musicians

A musician is a person who plays one or many musical instrument and is also referred to as an instrumentalist. History has given us some really notable music composers and performers the likes of which include names of people like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig Van Beethoven. Just like everything else, music too evolved through the ages to churn out various genres. The most noticeable evolution took place in the last 50 years. There was the Rock ‘N Roll era, which preceded the music of the 1980’s. Music underwent yet another slight change and evolved into the music of the 1990’s which was followed by pop music, house, club, trans and many others. To say that the hall of fame is reserved only for the classical musicians would be folly because even the new age music has given us people who have become legends in their own right. We have seen guitarists like Jimmy Hendrix and Jimmy Page (of Led Zepplin), drummers like Mike Portnoy (of the band Dream Theater) and John Bonham (from Led Zeppelin) and even disk jockeys like David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, and DJ Tiesto. All of them have led very interesting live which deserves a read through. Therefore without further ado, here are the biographies of these famous men and women, along with a few details about their life stories, timelines, trivia, including information about their personal and professional lives.
A.J. McleanA. J. McLean
A.J. Mclean, the first member of the famous vocal harmony group, Backstreet Boys, is known for his amazing voice and outstanding performances. ...
Aaron CoplandAaron Copland
Aaron Copland was one of the most appreciated American classical composers of the twentieth century. He innovatively blended popular forms of ...
Aaron FunkAaron Funk
In the world of electronic music, one name that has, since its debut, created ripples and managed to bag raving success for most of the albums ...
Aaron NevilleAaron Neville
American soul and R&B singer and musician, Aaron Neville is a name to reckon with in the world of music. Through his sheer talent and ...
Adrian WillaertAdrian Willaert
Adrian Willaert was a famous Flemish composer who was known for his polyphonic Franco-Flemish style. One of the most influential composers of ...
Alan HovhanessAlan Hovhaness
Alan Hovhaness was an Armenian-American music composer. As one of the most prolific performers of 20th century, his official catalogue comprised ...
Alban Berg Alban Berg
Often termed as the classicist of modern music, Alban Berg was one of the key founders of the Second Viennese School in the early years of 20th ...
Aleksandr BorodinAleksandr Borodin
Alexander Borodin was a well-known music composer, doctor, chemist and philanthropist. He developed an interest towards chamber music while ...
Aleksandr ScriabinAleksandr Scriabin
Esoteric, imaginative, and idiosyncratic, Aleksandr Scriabin’s contribution to the world of music is peerless. A mystic and an eccentric, ...
Amy BeachAmy Beach
Amy March Cheney Beach was a legendary music composer and pianist and was the best woman composer at the time in the United States. As a woman, ...
Amy Jade Winehouse - British Singer & SongwriterAmy Jade Winehouse
Amy Winehouse was a talented singer-songwriter who won five Grammy Awards for her album ‘Back to Black’. Her most famous album unfortunately ...
Anton Bruckner Anton Bruckner
Anton Bruckner, one of the most brilliant and admired composers of the nineteenth century, was known for symphonies, masses and motets, which ...
Anton WebernAnton Webern
Though the entire collection of his works does not exceed more than three hours of performance time, Anton Webern stands tall among the 20th ...
Antonín DvořákAntonín Dvořák...
Antonín Dvořák, the greatest Czech and Romantic composer of all time, is known for creating some of the most beautiful symphonies in the ...
Antonio Lucio VivaldiAntonio Lucio Vivald...
Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, known by the nick name, ‘Il Prete Rosso’ (The Red Priest), was a renowned priest, Baroque composer and a talented ...
Arcangelo CorelliArcangelo Corelli
Arcangelo Corelli was an Italian violinist and composer of Baroque style of western music. His admirable musical compositions made him a ...
Arnold SchoenbergArnold Schoenberg
"I believe what I do and do only what I believe; and woe to anybody who lays hands on my faith. Such a man I regard as an enemy and no quarter ...
Arthur SullivanArthur Sullivan
Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan was an English composer of Irish-Italian ancestry. His operatic collaboration with 14 operas made him popular across ...
Axl RoseAxl Rose
Love him or hate him; Axl Rose is an illustrious but controversial figure in the world of rock. There have always been two extremes for this ...
Barry WhiteBarry White
Perhaps no other artist in the music industry enjoyed the huge cross-sectional popularity and following as did Barry White. The winner of two ...
BeckBeck
Three-time Grammy Award winning musician, Beck Hansen is no ordinary instrumentalist, for he is responsible for creating the unique style of ...
Bedrich SmetanaBedrich Smetana
Titled as “father of Czech music,” Bedøich Smetana was a famous Czech composer who pioneered the development of a musical style in Czech. His ...
Bela BartokBela Bartok
Bela Viktor Janos Bartok was a famous Hungarian composer and pianist. He is considered to be one of the most influential composers of the 20th ...
Ben FoldsBen Folds
Ben Folds is a musician famous for forming the alternative rock band Ben Folds Five which gave hits like ‘Brick’ and ‘Battle of Who Could Care ...
Benjamin BrittenBenjamin Britten
Benjamin Britten was an English composer, conductor and pianist whose name has gone down in history as one of the best musicians of the past ...
Benny GoodmanBenny Goodman
Benjamin David “Benny” Goodman, better known as “Benny Goodman”, was a leading jazz clarinet player and an outstanding bandleader of the Swing ...
Bill EvansBill Evans
William John Evans was an American Jazz pianist, composer and a pioneer of multi-track jazz recordings. Classically trained on flute, violin and ...
Bill MonroeBill Monroe
William Smith Monroe, famous as Bill Monroe, was an American musician who created a sub-genre of Country music known as the ‘Bluegrass music’ ...
Billy IdolBilly Idol
Billy Idol is a punk rock musician who rose to fame as a member of the band Generation X. Born as William Michael Albert Broad, he adopted the ...
William Martin Billy JoelBilly Joel
William Martin Billy Joel is a famous American pianist, singer, song-writer and composer. He began his music career with ‘Echoes’, which later ...
Bob SegerBob Seger
Robert Clark “Bob” Seger is a rock and roll musician best known for his album ‘Night Moves’. Initially a Detroit based singer and songwriter, he ...
Bon ScottBon Scott
Ronald Belford “Bon” Scott was an Australian musician of Scottish origins who rose to fame as the leading singer and songwriter of the hugely ...
BonoBono
Paul David Hewson, nicknamed Bono, is one of the most eminent singers and musicians of Irish origin and is best known as the lead vocalist of ...
Brad Douglas PaisleyBrad Douglas Paisley
Think country music, think cowboy-hat Brad Paisley. His name is synonymous with this genre of music that it is difficult to separate these two ...
Brian EnoBrian Eno
Brian Eno is one of the talented and acclaimed musicians who is world renowned as the principal innovator of ambient music. It was he who ...
Brian MayBrian May
Brian May is an English musician, songwriter, astrophysicist and famous guitarist of ‘Queen’. With his iconic haircut that defies the image of a ...
Brian McKnight Brian McKnight
Being a singer and songwriter was an inevitable career choice for Brian McKnight as music ran in the blood of this talented and skilful artist. ...
Bruce DickinsonBruce Dickinson
Nicknamed, ‘The Air Raid Siren’, for his trademark soaring high-pitched voice, Bruce Dickinson is the heavy metal legend, who never tried too ...
Buddy BoldenBuddy Bolden
Charles Joseph “Buddy” Bolden, the renowned cornetist, was among the finest jazz musicians the world has ever had. Credited as the ‘Father of ...
Buddy GuyBuddy Guy
Ask a blues fan as to what propelled him to pick up the electric guitar and almost everyone would have the same answer – Buddy Guy. The most ...
Buju Banton - Mark Anthony MyrieBuju Banton
Buju Banton who is currently serving a ten year sentence is one of the greatest dancehall, ragga, and reggae musicians of the 20th century. His ...
Carl OrffCarl Orff
Carl Orff was a distinguished German composer of the 20th-century, best known for his cantata — “Carmina Burana”. Although much of his standing ...
Carlos ChavezCarlos Chavez
Carlos Antonio de Padua Chavez y Ramirez alias Carlos Chavez was a Mexican composer, conductor, music theorist, educator and journalist. He had ...
Carlos SantanaCarlos Santana
Carlos Santana’s name has become synonymous with some of the most important genres of music today - jazz, Latin, salsa, blues and rock. From a ...
Carly SimonCarly Simon
Carly Simon is an American singer who rose to fame in the 1970’s with back-to-back hit records. She has written many of her own songs and has ...
Cesar CuiCesar Cui
Cesar Cui was a Russian composer and a music critic who was of French and Lithuanian descent. In the 19th century, he was a member of ‘The ...
Cesar FranckCesar Franck
Cesar-Auguste-Jean-Guillaume-Hubert Franck was a leading composer, pianist, organist and an inspiring music teacher who lived in Paris and ...
Chantal KreviazukChantal Kreviazuk
Chantal Kreviazuk is a Canadian singer-songwriter of adult contemporary music genre who is also a trained classical pianist. Her music potential ...
Charles Gounod Charles Gounod
Charles Gounod was one of the most brilliant French composers of the 19th century, in the same league as Jules Massenet and Jacques Meyerbeer. ...
Charles IvesCharles Ives
Charles Ives is dubbed as one of America’s greatest composers. He was amongst the most prominent American artists of his time. An optimistic, ...
Charlie DanielsCharlie Daniels
Charlie Daniels, born as Charles Edward Daniels, is an American musician known for his characteristically southern rock, country and bluegrass ...
Charlie parkerCharlie Parker
A short life of thirty-four years, amazing talent, groundbreaking works, yet relatively unknown among the music lovers — this is the sad but the ...
Cher - Also Known As Cherilyn SarkisianCherilyn Sarkisian
Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy Award winning singer and actress, Cher, is referred to as the ‘Goddess of Pop’. A high school dropout, ...
Chris Cornell Chris Cornell
Born Christopher John Boyle, Chris Cornell is a rock musician who has been the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the ‘Soundgarden’ and the ...
Chris MartinChris Martin
Christopher Anthony Martin, better known to his fans as Chris Martin is a co-founder and talented member of the alternative rock band Coldplay, ...
Christoph Willibald GluckChristoph Willibald ...
A prolific opera composer of the classical period, Christoph Gluck was credited for bringing in concrete reforms to the opera's dramaturgical ...
Christopher Maurice Chris Brown - American SingerChristopher Maurice ...
Christopher “Chris” Brown is a talented R&B entertainer who gave the music world hits like ‘Run It!’, ‘Kiss Kiss’ and ‘Forever’. The versatile ...
Clara Wieck SchumannClara Wieck Schumann
Clara Josephine Wieck Schumann was an immensely talented German musician, one of the leading pianists of the Romantic era. Though often ...
Claude DebussyClaude Debussy
Claude-Achille Debussy was a remarkable French composer and one of the most leading figures associated with the domain of impressionist music ...
Claudin De SermisyClaudin De Sermisy
Claudin de Sermisy was a leading French composer of the Renaissance. In the early 16th century, apart from Clément Janequin, Sermisy was one of ...
Claudio MonteverdiClaudio Monteverdi
Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi was an awe-inspiring Italian composer, singer and gambist. He was a revolutionary composer who pioneered the ...
Dave Grohl Dave Grohl
Dave Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist and song-writer. He started playing guitar at a very young age, and is ...
David ByrneDavid Byrne
David Byrne is a highly popular musician who has been rocking the music world with his experimental music and rhythms since the 1970s. The ...
Pierre David GuettaDavid Guetta
Pierre David Guetta, better known as just David Guetta, is a world famous music producer and a house music DJ who has shared the limelight with ...
David Scott Mustaine David Mustaine
Dave Mustaine is considered to be one of the most influential heavy metal guitarists of all time. This fantastic guitarist is known for his ...
Composer Dieterich BuxtehudeDieterich Buxtehude
Dieterich Buxtehude was a prominent composer and organist of the Baroque period. Although his early years remain a mystery, he went on to make a ...
Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy Gillespie
John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie was a perfect blend of innovation and inspiration. He was one of those rare artists that history could ever ...
Dmitry ShostakovichDmitry Shostakovich
Dmitry Shostakovich, the renowned Russian composer, is best known for his long body of works, which includes several operas, 15 symphonies, ...
Domenico Scarlatti Domenico Scarlatti
Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti was an illustrious Italian composer whose prodigious work defined all lines of early classical music despite his ...
Edward. K. ‘Duke’ EllingtonDuke Ellington
Edward Kennedy ‘Duke’ Ellington was regarded as one of the greatest jazz composers and a prolific performer of his time. Most of his musical ...
Edgard VareseEdgard Varese
Edgard Victor Achille Charles Varese alias Edgar Varese was a French music composer, who spent a larger part of his life in USA. He is known for ...
Edmond Dédé Edmond Dédé...
Edmond Dédé was a black French creole American composer, born in New Orleans in 1827, to a French couple from West Indies. His father was a ...
Edvard GriegEdvard Grieg
Known for his concertos and piano miniatures, Edvard Grieg contributed immensely to the world of music in Norway. His works became popular all ...
Edward ElgarEdward Elgar
Sir Edward William Elgar, 1st Baronet, was a famous English composer, who was revered for his incredible musical talents. Many of his ...
Edward Lodewijk Eddie Van HalenEdward Lodewijk Van ...
Eddie Van Halen, one of the most original and influential guitarists to have rocked the American music scenario, is the lead guitarist and ...
Edward MacDowellEdward MacDowell
Edward Alexander MacDowell was the first American composer to attain international fame, wowing both critics and audiences. Like other composers ...
Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet De La GuerreElisabeth-Claude Jac...
One of the most renowned women composers of her period, Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre stamped a respectable place for herself in history. ...
Elliott CarterElliott Carter
Elliott Carter is recognized as one of the most important and popular American composers of the classical music tradition all around the globe. ...
Elliott SmithElliott Smith
Elliott Smith, born as Steven Paul Smith, was a talented musician and singer who rose to fame with his song ‘Miss Misery’ featured in the ...
Elvis CostelloElvis Costello
Elvis Costello, born as Declan Patrick MacManus, is an English pop singer and songwriter. He is considered as one of the New wave musicians. He ...
Enrique Granados Enrique Granados
Pantaléon Enrique Costanzo Granados y Campiña was an eminent neo-romantic Spanish composer. As a brilliant composer and pianist of classical ...
Eric Patrick ClaptonEric Clapton
Eric Clapton is a British singer, song writer besides being a guitarist. He is well known for the scores like ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ and ...
Erik SatieErik Satie
Erik Satie — an eccentric, an esteemed music composer and a performing pianist of extremely anti-establishment nature is hailed as a genius in ...
Ernest BlochErnest Bloch
Ernest Bloch was a Swiss-American composer considered to be one of the most popular personalities of that time. Apart from composing he also ...
Fanny Mendelssohn HenselFanny Mendelssohn He...
Fanny Cäcilie Mendelssohn, who later came to be known as Fanny Hensel, was a German pianist and composer. She was the sister of the composer ...
Fats WallerFats Waller
Regarded as one of the greatest pianists in the history of jazz music, Fats Waller was a singer, musician and entertainer of exceptional forte. ...
Ferruccio Busoni Ferruccio Busoni
Ferruccio Busoni was an Italian-born composer, pianist, editor, writer, teacher and conductor. A musician of immense technical abilities, he ...
Francesca CacciniFrancesca Caccini
Francesca Caccini, also known by the nickname, ‘La Cacchina’ or the ‘song bird’, was an eminent music composer, poet, singer and music teacher ...
Francesco CavalliFrancesco Cavalli
Francesco Cavalli was an Italian musical composer whose real name was Pier Francesco Caletti-Bruni. He was popular by the name of Cavalli, which ...
Francis PoulencFrancis Poulenc
Francis Poulenc was a fantastic pianist and composer. Poulenc never took formal classes in composition and learned the subject mostly on his ...
Frank ZappaFrank Vincent Zappa
Frank Zappa was a versatile musician who wore many hats—he was a guitarist, singer and composer whose works have covered a variety of musical ...
Franz Joseph LisztFranz Joseph Liszt
Franz Joseph Liszt was a famous Hungarian composer and pianist. His virtuosic pianist skills were far more technically advanced than his ...
Franz Peter Schubert Franz Peter Schubert
The story of Franz Schubert is a perfect example of an ignored genius who was neglected during his lifetime and died in obscurity. In his short ...
Frederick Delius Frederick Delius
Frederick Delius succeeded in blending the elements of singular quality with the poetic charisma, perfectly using his creative skills. This ...
Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin Fryderyk Franciszek ...
One of the greatest Romantic musicians of all times, Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin is a name to reckon with in the realms of music. This ...
Gaetano DonizettiGaetano Donizetti
Gaetano Donizetti was among the three great leaders of the opera style known as ‘bel canto’, the other two being Rossini and Bellini. ...
Gavin RossdaleGavin Rossdale
Gavin Rossdale is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the British rock band ‘Bush’. Although he is a native of London, he found bigger ...
Geddy LeeGeddy Lee
Rock legend and ‘Rush’ vocalist, Geddy Lee is regarded one of the most influential musicians of all time and is known for his authentic stylised ...
Gene SimmonsGene Simmons
Gene Simmons, the lead singer and co-founder of the hard rock band Kiss was born as Chaim Witz in Israel and later migrated to the U.S. He had ...
George Frideric HandelGeorge Frideric Hand...
George Friedrich Handel, who spent most of his adult life in England, was the subject of the British crown on 22 January, 1727. The famous picks ...