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
Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney
18 June 1942, British
Singer-songwriter

David FosterDavid Foster
01 November 1949, Canadian
Musician

Phil CollinsPhil Collins
30 January 1951, British
Drummer

Quincy JonesQuincy Jones
14 March 1933, American
Musician, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Composer,

Billy JoelBilly Joel
09 May 1949, American
Singer-songwriter
Ray CharlesRay Charles
23 September 1930, American
Singer-songwriter

John WilliamsJohn Williams
08 February 1932, American
Composer

André PrevinAndré Previn
06 April 1929, German, American
Musician
Danny ElfmanDanny Elfman
29 May 1953, American
Composer

Luther VandrossLuther Vandross
20 April 1951, American
Singer
Bryan AdamsBryan Adams
05 November 1959, Canadian
Singer

Chaka KhanChaka Khan
23 March 1953, American
Singer

Rick RubinRick Rubin
10 March 1963, American
Record Producer

John ColtraneJohn Coltrane
23 September 1926, American
Saxophonist, Composer

Carroll O’ConnorCarroll O’Connor
02 August 1924, American
Actor
Kathie Lee GiffordKathie Lee Gifford
16 August 1953, French, American
TV Host, Actress

Bret MichaelsBret Michaels
15 March 1963, American
Singer

Ennio MorriconeEnnio Morricone
10 November 1928, Italian
Composer

Stephen SondheimStephen Sondheim
22 March 1930, American
American composer
Claude DebussyClaude Debussy
22 August 1862, French
Composer

Sergei RachmaninoffSergei Rachmaninoff
01 April 1873, American, Russian
Pianist
Brad Douglas PaisleyBrad Douglas Paisley
28 October 1972, American
American singer-songwriter

Neil SedakaNeil Sedaka
13 March 1939, American
Singer

Tori AmosTori Amos
22 August 1963, American
Musician and Singer
Dmitry ShostakovichDmitry Shostakovich
25 September 1906, Russian
Composer

Jean-Michel JarreJean-Michel Jarre
24 August 1948, French
Composer
Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie
21 October 1917, American
Bandleader

Ludovico EinaudiLudovico Einaudi
23 November 1955, Italian
Pianist, Composer

Erik SatieErik Satie
17 May 1866, French
Musician
Peter Michael Escovedo III Peter Michael Escovedo
07 July 1961, American
Percussionist

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Edie SedgwickEdie Sedgwick
20 April 1943, American
Actress, Model
Django ReinhardtDjango Reinhardt
23 January 1910, French
Musician

Gustav MahlerGustav Mahler
07 July 1860, Austrian
Composer

YanniYanni
14 November 1954, Greek
Pianist, Keyboardist, Music Composer

Tom FletcherTom Fletcher
17 July 1985, British
Musician
Robby BensonRobby Benson
21 January 1956, American
Actor
Anoushka ShankarAnoushka Shankar
09 June 1981, Indian, British
Composer

Giacomo PucciniGiacomo Puccini
22 December 1858, Belgian, Italian
Composer

Arnold SchoenbergArnold Schoenberg
13 September 1874, Austrian
Composer

Pat MethenyPat Metheny
12 August 1954, American
Guitarist
Theodor W. AdornoTheodor W. Adorno
11 September 1903, German
Philosopher

Aaron CoplandAaron Copland
14 November 1900, American
Composer, teacher, writer

A.B. QuintanillaA.B. Quintanilla
13 December 1963, American
Record Producer

Bela BartokBela Bartok
25 March 1881, Hungarian
Composer, Pianist

John Philip SousaJohn Philip Sousa
06 November 1854, American
Conductor, Composer
Benjamin BrittenBenjamin Britten
22 November 1913, British
Composer, conductor and pianist

Fats WallerFats Waller
21 May 1904, American
Jazz Pianist
Adrian BelewAdrian Belew
23 December 1949, American
Guitarist, Singer, Composer, Songwriter

Samuel BarberSamuel Barber
09 March 1910, American
Composer

Pete HamPete Ham
27 April 1947, British
Singer
James McBrideJames McBride
11 September 1957, American
 

Karlheinz StockhausenKarlheinz Stockhausen
22 August 1928, German
Composer
Kurt WeillKurt Weill
02 March 1900, German
Composer

Gopi SundarGopi Sundar
30 May 1977, Indian
Music Director

ChespiritoChespirito
21 February 1929, Mexican
Actor

Ólafur ArnaldsÓlafur Arnalds
03 November 1986, Icelander
Musician

Hariprasad ChaurasiaHariprasad Chaurasia
01 July 1938, Indian
Indian Classical Flautist
Goran BregovićGoran Bregović
22 March 1950, Yugoslav
Musician

Francis PoulencFrancis Poulenc
07 January 1899, French
Musician

Alfred NewmanAlfred Newman
17 March 1901, American
American composer

Pablo CasalsPablo Casals
29 December 1876, Spanish
Musician
Paul BowlesPaul Bowles
30 December 1910, American
Writer, Music Composer

Anton WebernAnton Webern
03 December 1883, Austrian
Music Composer
Gian Carlo MenottiGian Carlo Menotti
07 July 1911, French, Italian, American
Composer and librettist

Isaac AlbenizIsaac Albeniz
29 May 1860, Spanish
Pianist

Alfred SchnittkeAlfred Schnittke
24 November 1934, German, Russian
Composer
Orlando LassusOrlando Lassus
1532 AD, Belgian
Composer

Assi RahbaniAssi Rahbani
04 May 1923, Lebanese
Composer
Luciano BerioLuciano Berio
24 October 1925, Italian
Italian composer

Giovanni GabrieliGiovanni Gabrieli
1557 AD, Italian
Italian composer

Peter WarlockPeter Warlock
30 October 1894, British
Composer
Alan HovhanessAlan Hovhaness
08 March 1911, American
Composer

Germaine TailleferreGermaine Tailleferre
19 April 1892, French
Composer
Emina JahovićEmina Jahović
15 January 1982, Serbian
Singer-songwriter

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
Michael BlakeyMichael Blakey
08 December 1958, British
Record Producer
Ruben RadaRuben Rada
17 July 1943, Uruguayan
Composer

Alun HoddinottAlun Hoddinott
11 August 1929, Welsh
Composer

Eugen SuchoňEugen Suchoň
25 September 1908, Slovak
Composer

Wesley StrombergWesley Stromberg
06 December 1993, American
Composer
Guy-Manuel de Homem-ChristoGuy-Manuel de Homem-Christo
08 February 1974, French
Musician, Composer, Screenwriter

Thomas BangalterThomas Bangalter
03 January 1975, French
Disc jockey, Singer, Guitarist, Director,

Alexi LaihoAlexi Laiho
08 April 1979, Finnish
Guitarist, Singer, Composer

Chick CoreaChick Corea
12 June 1941, American
Pianist, Composer, Jazz musician

Santhosh NarayananSanthosh Narayanan
15 May 1983, Indian
Composer
Trent ReznorTrent Reznor
17 May 1965, American
Singer, Composer, Pianist, Musician,

A. R. RahmanA. R. Rahman
06 January 1967, Indian
Composer
Michelle PhillipsMichelle Phillips
04 June 1944, American
Television actor, Singer, Actor,

Tom MorelloTom Morello
30 May 1964, American
Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Musician, Actor,
Morten HarketMorten Harket
14 September 1959, Norwegian
Singer, Composer
Steven Van ZandtSteven Van Zandt
22 November 1950, American
Actor, Musician, Screenwriter, Record producer,