Famous Composers Of The 20th Century
Discover the most famous 20th century composers including Alfred Newman, Pat Metheny, Marcel Khalife, Yanni, Paul McCartney and many more. This list of composers born in 20th century includes people from India, USA, France, UK, Australia, Russia, Italy, Austria and many more countries.
Elton JohnElton John
25 March 1947, British
Singer, Composer
Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney
18 June 1942, British
Singer-songwriter & Musician

Phil CollinsPhil Collins
30 January 1951, British
Drummer, Singer

David FosterDavid Foster
01 November 1949, Canadian
Musician

Rabindranath TagoreRabindranath Tagore
07 May 1861, Indian
Poet

Quincy JonesQuincy Jones
14 March 1933, American
Musician, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Composer,
Luther VandrossLuther Vandross
20 April 1951, American
Singer

Billy JoelBilly Joel
09 May 1949, American
Singer-songwriter

Ray CharlesRay Charles
23 September 1930, American
Singer-songwriter & Musician
John WilliamsJohn Williams
08 February 1932, American
Composer

Hans ZimmerHans Zimmer
12 September 1957, German
Film score composer
Danny ElfmanDanny Elfman
29 May 1953, American
Composer

Bryan AdamsBryan Adams
05 November 1959, Canadian
Singer

Chaka KhanChaka Khan
23 March 1953, American
Singer

George GershwinGeorge Gershwin
26 September 1898, American
Composer

A.B. QuintanillaA.B. Quintanilla
13 December 1963, American
Record Producer
Rick RubinRick Rubin
10 March 1963, American
Record Producer

Brian EnoBrian Eno
15 May 1948, British
Musician, Record producer

John ColtraneJohn Coltrane
23 September 1926, American
Saxophonist, Composer

Carroll O’ConnorCarroll O’Connor
02 August 1924, American
Actor
Stephen SondheimStephen Sondheim
22 March 1930, American
American composer

Ennio MorriconeEnnio Morricone
10 November 1928, Italian
Composer
Sergei RachmaninoffSergei Rachmaninoff
01 April 1873, American, Russian
Pianist

Bret MichaelsBret Michaels
15 March 1963, American
Singer

Leonard BernsteinLeonard Bernstein
25 August 1918, American
Conductor, Composer
Claude DebussyClaude Debussy
22 August 1862, French
Composer

Richard Wright (Musician)Richard Wright (Musician)
28 July 1943, British
Musician
Neil SedakaNeil Sedaka
13 March 1939, American
Singer

Brad Douglas PaisleyBrad Douglas Paisley
28 October 1972, American
American singer-songwriter

Peter Michael Escovedo III Peter Michael Escovedo
07 July 1961, American
Percussionist
Kathie Lee GiffordKathie Lee Gifford
16 August 1953, French, American
TV Host, Actress

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Robby BensonRobby Benson
21 January 1956, American
Actor
André PrevinAndré Previn
06 April 1929, German, American
Musician

Edie SedgwickEdie Sedgwick
20 April 1943, American
Actress, Model

Jean-Michel JarreJean-Michel Jarre
24 August 1948, French
Composer

Tori AmosTori Amos
22 August 1963, American
Musician and Singer
Dmitry ShostakovichDmitry Shostakovich
25 September 1906, Russian
Composer
Ludovico EinaudiLudovico Einaudi
23 November 1955, Italian
Pianist, Composer

Gustav MahlerGustav Mahler
07 July 1860, Austrian
Composer, Conductor

Erik SatieErik Satie
17 May 1866, French
Musician

YanniYanni
14 November 1954, Greek
Pianist, Keyboardist, Music Composer
Anoushka ShankarAnoushka Shankar
09 June 1981, Indian, British
Composer

Django ReinhardtDjango Reinhardt
23 January 1910, French
Musician

Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie
21 October 1917, American
Bandleader

John CageJohn Cage
05 September 1912, American
Composer, Writer

Richard Georg StraussRichard Georg Strauss
11 June 1864, German
Composer
Arnold SchoenbergArnold Schoenberg
13 September 1874, Austrian
Composer

Giacomo PucciniGiacomo Puccini
22 December 1858, Belgian, Italian
Composer
Pat MethenyPat Metheny
12 August 1954, American
Guitarist

Gopi SundarGopi Sundar
30 May 1977, Indian
Music Director

Anthony BurgessAnthony Burgess
25 February 1917, British
 
Aaron CoplandAaron Copland
14 November 1900, American
Composer, teacher, writer

Benjamin BrittenBenjamin Britten
22 November 1913, British
Composer, conductor and pianist
Tom FletcherTom Fletcher
17 July 1985, British
Musician

Theodor W. AdornoTheodor W. Adorno
11 September 1903, German
Philosopher

Pete HamPete Ham
27 April 1947, British
Singer

Bela BartokBela Bartok
25 March 1881, Hungarian
Composer, Pianist

John Philip SousaJohn Philip Sousa
06 November 1854, American
Conductor, Composer
Adrian BelewAdrian Belew
23 December 1949, American
Guitarist, Singer, Composer, Songwriter

Fats WallerFats Waller
21 May 1904, American
Jazz Pianist

Samuel BarberSamuel Barber
09 March 1910, American
Composer

O. P. NayyarO. P. Nayyar
16 January 1926, Indian
Music Composer
Olivier MessiaenOlivier Messiaen
10 December 1908, French
Composer, Organist

Karlheinz StockhausenKarlheinz Stockhausen
22 August 1928, German
Composer
ChespiritoChespirito
21 February 1929, Mexican
Actor

Kurt WeillKurt Weill
02 March 1900, German
Composer

Hariprasad ChaurasiaHariprasad Chaurasia
01 July 1938, Indian
Indian Classical Flautist
Gyorgy LigetiGyorgy Ligeti
28 May 1923, Austrian
Composer

Goran BregovićGoran Bregović
22 March 1950, Serbian
Musician
James McBrideJames McBride
11 September 1957, American
 

Francis PoulencFrancis Poulenc
07 January 1899, French
Musician

Alfred NewmanAlfred Newman
17 March 1901, American
American composer
Ólafur ArnaldsÓlafur Arnalds
03 November 1986, Icelander
Musician

Paul BowlesPaul Bowles
30 December 1910, American
Writer, Music Composer
William ByrdWilliam Byrd
1543 AD, British
Music composer

Anton WebernAnton Webern
03 December 1883, Austrian
Music Composer

Pablo CasalsPablo Casals
29 December 1876, Spanish
Musician

Isaac AlbenizIsaac Albeniz
29 May 1860, Spanish
Pianist
Pandit Shivkumar SharmaPandit Shivkumar Sharma
13 January 1938, Indian
Santoor Player
Alfred SchnittkeAlfred Schnittke
24 November 1934, German, Russian
Composer

Gian Carlo MenottiGian Carlo Menotti
07 July 1911, French, Italian, American
Composer and librettist

Luciano BerioLuciano Berio
24 October 1925, Italian
Italian composer

Orlando LassusOrlando Lassus
1532 AD, Belgian
Composer
Witold LutoslawskiWitold Lutoslawski
25 January 1913, Polish
Composer

Giovanni GabrieliGiovanni Gabrieli
1557 AD, Italian
Italian composer

Alan HovhanessAlan Hovhaness
08 March 1911, American
Composer

Peter WarlockPeter Warlock
30 October 1894, British
Composer

Assi RahbaniAssi Rahbani
04 May 1923, Lebanese
Composer
Emina JahovićEmina Jahović
15 January 1982, Serbian
Singer-songwriter

Germaine TailleferreGermaine Tailleferre
19 April 1892, French
Composer
Michael BlakeyMichael Blakey
08 December 1958, British
Record Producer

Marcel KhalifeMarcel Khalife
10 June 1950, Lebanese
Composer
Adrian WillaertAdrian Willaert
1490 AD, Belgian
Music Composer, Teacher, Founder of the Venetian
Carlos Páez VilaróCarlos Páez Vilaró
01 November 1923, Uruguayan
Artist