Famous Austrian Musicians

Think Vienna, the music capital of the world, is all about pop, rock, blues & jazz? Not quite so. Before every musical tradition found its stage in Vienna, it used to be the sanctum sanctorum of legendary musicians like Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Schubert, Straus Sr. and Jr., Brahms and other classical musical marvels who gave the city its own musical identity. It was in the lilting land of Austria that the symphonic sounds of Mozart and Beethoven soared new scales. Modern day Vienna is torn between old and new sounds now with contemporary musical forms dominating the new-age music scene. But amid the pop, jazz and rock craze, one can still listen to the dulcet notes of violins, pianos and cellos reverberating in the hearts of every music lover. Such was the greatness of these Austrian musicians. These musical maestros have put Austria on the map over the years and delivered some best melodies the world has ever known. We have captured the timelines, life stories and interesting trivia & facts of some famous Austrian musicians in their biographies who wowed the world with their sheer musical ingenuity.

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 1 Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven
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Famous As: Composer, Pianist
Birthdate: December 16, 1770
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bonn, Germany
Died: March 26, 1827

German composer and pianist, Ludwig van Beethoven, remains one of the most admired composers in the history of Western music even two centuries after his death. Born into a musical family, he was initially tutored by his father. He found success early as a pianist and went on to become an admired composer despite suffering from hearing-impairment.

 2 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Famous As: Composer, Pianist
Birthdate: January 27, 1756
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Salzburg, Austria
Died: December 5, 1791

A child prodigy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is regarded as one of the greatest classical composers ever. A prolific composer, he had a profound influence on Western music. Many of his works are considered pinnacles of choral, symphonic, operatic, chamber, and concertante music. Before his death, at the age of 35, he had composed over 600 works.

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 3 Joseph Haydn

Joseph Haydn
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 31, 1732
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rohrau, Austria
Died: May 31, 1809

Joseph Haydn was an Austrian composer who played a key role in the progression of chamber music during the Classical period. He is often referred to as the Father of the String Quartet and Father of the Symphony for his contributions to musical form. Joseph Haydn is also credited with mentoring and tutoring Mozart and Beethoven, respectively.

 4 Falco

Falco
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 19, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: February 6, 1998

 5 Johann Strauss II

Johann Strauss II
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: October 25, 1825
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Neubau, Vienna, Austria
Died: June 3, 1899

 6 Bedrich Smetana

Bedrich Smetana
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 2, 1824
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Litomyšl
Died: May 12, 1884

Bedrich Smetana was a Czech composer remembered for his opera, The Bartered Bride. Considered the father of Czech music, Smetana was a prodigy whose first public performance came at age six. He then went on to establish himself as one of the most important composers of Czech music. Smetana has been honored with a Walk of Fame star in Vienna.

 7 Leopold Mozart

Leopold Mozart
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: November 14, 1719
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Augsburg
Died: May 28, 1787
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 8 Franz von Suppé

Franz von Suppé
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: April 18, 1819
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Split, Croatia
Died: May 21, 1895

 9 Franz Peter Schubert

Franz Peter Schubert
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Famous As: Composer, Pianist
Birthdate: January 31, 1797
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Alsergrund, Vienna, Austria
Died: November 19, 1828

Austrian composer Franz Peter Schubert was one of the most prominent figures of the Viennese Classical and Romantic periods. He initially performed at the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde. His compositions include over 600 vocal works and several symphonies, operas, and piano sonatas. One of his most-talked-about works is the Unfinished Symphony.

 10 Conchita Wurst

Conchita Wurst
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Famous As: Singer, Model
Birthdate: November 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gmunden

 11 Gustav Mahler

Gustav Mahler
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: July 7, 1860
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kaliste, Bohemia (now Czech Republic)
Died: May 18, 1911

Austro-Bohemian Romantic composer and conductor Gustav Mahler symbolized the transition of 19th-century Austro-German music to early-20th-century modernism. His music was banned during the Nazi era but was rediscovered later. Famous for his Eighth Symphony, he had also been the director of the Hofoper (Vienna Court Opera).

 12 Arnold Schoenberg

Arnold Schoenberg
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: September 13, 1874
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Leopoldstadt, Vienna, Austria
Died: July 13, 1951
Austrian-born composer Arnold Schoenberg was part of the German Expressionist Movement and led the Second Viennese School. Being Jewish, he was banned by the Nazis and later became an American citizen. Known for his twelve-tone technique, he coined the term developing variation and formed motifs without a centralized melodic idea.

 13 Dietrich Mateschitz

Dietrich Mateschitz
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: May 20, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sankt Marein im Mürztal, Austria
Self-made business magnate and Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz took 10 years to complete his marketing degree. He was also one of the pioneers of content marketing, and rather than depending on paid ad agencies, marketed his brand through numerous media tools, such as the Red Bulletin magazine.

 14 Herbert von Karajan

Herbert von Karajan
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Famous As: Conductor, Music director
Birthdate: April 5, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Salzburg
Died: July 16, 1989

 15 Parov Stelar

Parov Stelar
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 27, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Linz, Austria

 16 Theodore Bikel

Theodore Bikel
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 2, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: July 21, 2015

 17 Anton Bruckner

Anton Bruckner
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: September 4, 1824
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ansfelden
Died: October 11, 1896

Austrian composer Anton Bruckner was born to a schoolmaster father who was also an organist. Bruckner learned to play the violin by 4. In spite of being a musical legend, he often criticized his own work and re-worked on his pieces, leading to many versions of the same piece.

 18 Gyorgy Ligeti

Gyorgy Ligeti
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: May 28, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Târna(veni
Died: June 12, 2006

Being a descendant of violinist Leopold Auer, Hungarian-Austrian composer Gyorgy Ligeti was no stranger to music in childhood. He lost his entire family, except his mother, to the Holocaust, but that didn’t prevent him from studying music later. He rose to be a legend of avant-garde music.

 19 Maria Anna Mozart

Maria Anna Mozart
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 30, 1751
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Salzburg, Austria
Died: October 29, 1829

 20 Alban Berg

Alban Berg
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: February 9, 1885
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vienna
Died: December 24, 1935
Nineteenth-century Austrian composer Alban Berg hadn’t had any formal training in music when he began composing. Owing to his poor financial condition, Arnold Schoenberg taught him music for free. He is best remembered for his twelve-tone technique. He tragically died of blood poisoning caused by an insect bite.

 21 Joe Zawinul

Joe Zawinul
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Famous As: Pianist, Organist, Composer, Jazz musician, Musician
Birthdate: July 7, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vienna
Died: September 11, 2007

 22 Alma Mahler

Alma Mahler
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: August 31, 1879
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: December 11, 1964

Alma Mahler, remembered as the wife of composer Gustav Mahler and the daughter of landscape painter Emil Schindler, initially studied art but later acquired skills as a pianist. However, Mahler discouraged her from composing after marriage. She later had other affairs and married architect Walter Gropius and author Franz Werfel.

 23 Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart

Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 26, 1791
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: July 29, 1844

 24 Johann Strauss I

Johann Strauss I
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 14, 1804
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: September 25, 1849

 25 Anton Webern

Anton Webern
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Famous As: Music Composer
Birthdate: December 3, 1883
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: September 15, 1945

Anton Webern was an Austrian composer and conductor. He was a core member in the circle of the Second Viennese School and an exponent of atonality and twelve-tone technique. He focused on lyricism, nuance, and sensitivity in the performance of music and was considered radical for his era. He received posthumous attention in the latter half of the 20th century. 

 26 Fritz Kreisler

Fritz Kreisler
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Famous As: Violinist
Birthdate: February 2, 1875
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: January 29, 1962

 27 Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Erich Wolfgang Korngold
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Famous As: Composer, Pianist, Conductor, Film score composer
Birthdate: May 29, 1897
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brno
Died: November 29, 1957

 28 Carl Czerny

Carl Czerny
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: February 21, 1791
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: July 15, 1857

 29 Lisa Wagner

Lisa Wagner
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 16, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Austria

 30 Mona Wagner

Mona Wagner
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 16, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Austria

 31 Andras Schiff

Andras Schiff
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: December 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

 32 Johann Nepomuk Hummel

Johann Nepomuk Hummel
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Famous As: composer, conductor, pianist, concertmaster
Birthdate: September 14, 1778
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bratislava
Died: October 17, 1837

 33 Thomas Lang

Thomas Lang
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Famous As: Jazz musician, Screenwriter, Songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: August 5, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vienna

 34 Cesár Sampson

Cesár Sampson
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Linz, Austria

 35 Alfred Brendel

Alfred Brendel
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Famous As: Pianist, Composer
Birthdate: January 5, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Loučná nad Desnou

 36 Franz Lehár

Franz Lehár
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: April 30, 1870
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Komárom, Hungary
Died: October 24, 1948

 37 DJ Otzi

DJ Otzi
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 7, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: St. Johann in Tirol, Austria

 38 Johann Joseph Fux

Johann Joseph Fux
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: 1660 AD
Birthplace: Langegg bei Graz, Austria
Died: February 13, 1741

 39 Frederick Loewe

Frederick Loewe
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: June 10, 1901
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: February 14, 1988

 40 Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Nikolaus Harnoncourt
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Famous As: Conductor, Musician, Choir director, Viol player, Cellist, Writer, Composer
Birthdate: December 6, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Berlin
Died: March 5, 2016

Nikolaus Harnoncourt began his musical career as a classical cellist and grew up to be one of the finest conductors of Austria. He ruled the music scene with the ensemble Concentus Musicus, focusing on historical performance, and later also worked with modern ensembles such as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

 41 Joseph Joachim

Joseph Joachim
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Famous As: Violinist
Birthdate: June 28, 1831
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kittsee, Austria
Died: August 15, 1907

 42 Udo Jürgens

Udo Jürgens
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: September 30, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Klagenfurt, Austria
Died: December 21, 2014

 43 Michael Haydn

Michael Haydn
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Famous As: composer, organist, musician
Birthdate: September 14, 1737
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rohrau
Died: August 10, 1806

 44 Patrizio Buanne

Patrizio Buanne
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 20, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

 45 Denise Eisenberg Rich

Denise Eisenberg Rich
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 26, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

 46 Rose May Alaba

Rose May Alaba
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 26, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

 47 Hanns Eisler

Hanns Eisler
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Famous As: Composer, Screenwriter, University teacher, Film score composer
Birthdate: July 6, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Leipzig
Died: September 6, 1962

 48 Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: August 12, 1644
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Stráž pod Ralskem, Czechia
Died: May 3, 1704

 49 Soap&Skin

Soap&Skin
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Famous As: Musical Artist
Birthdate: April 5, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gnas, Austria

 50 Friedrich Gulda

Friedrich Gulda
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Famous As: Pianist, Composer, Singer, Jazz musician
Birthdate: May 16, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna
Died: January 27, 2000