Classical Musicians

Check out our list of famous classical musicians who have enthralled the people with their wonderful music. This list has people from all over the world and contains names such as Don Shirley, Florence Foster Jenkins, K. J. Yesudas, Bruce Randall Hornsby and Tansen.
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 1 Florence Foster Jenkins

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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: July 19, 1868
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 26, 1944

Florence Foster Jenkins was an American socialite who was often ridiculed and mocked for her poor singing ability, which in turn made her popular. Known as the world's worst opera singer, Jenkins became a musical cult-figure in New York City due to her technical incompetence as an amateur soprano. Her life inspired several plays and films, including Florence Foster Jenkins.

 2 Don Shirley

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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: January 29, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, USA
Died: April 6, 2013
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 3 Edward Heath

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Famous As: Former British Prime Minister
Birthdate: July 9, 1916
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Broadstairs, England, United Kingdom
Died: July 17, 2005
Edward Heath served as the British prime minister from 1970 to 1974. He reformed the local governments and introduced many metropolitan counties. He supported the European Communities and attempted to curb trade unions, with a view to deregulate the economy. He was the Father of the House for 9 years.

 4 Władysław Szpilman

Władysław Szpilman.
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: December 5, 1911
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sosnowiec, Poland
Died: July 6, 2000
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 5 Bruce Randall Hornsby

Bruce Randall Hornsby.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Williamsburg, Virginia, United States

 6 K. J. Yesudas

K. J. Yesudas
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 10, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fort Kochi
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 7 Wendy Carlos

Wendy Carlos
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 14, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA
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 8 Joe Hisaishi

Joe Hisaishi
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: December 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nagano, Japan

Joe Hisaishi is a Japanese composer and musical director who has composed over 100 film scores and solo albums. Active since the 1970s, he has explored and incorporated numerous genres in his work. He often collaborates with animator Hayao Miyazaki and has composed music for most of his films. He has received a Medal of Honour with a purple ribbon.  

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 9 Martha Argerich

Martha Argerich
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Famous As: pianist
Birthdate: June 5, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buenos Aires

 10 S. Janaki

S. Janaki
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Famous As: Actor, Singer
Birthdate: April 23, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Repalle
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 11 Arthur Rubinstein

Arthur Rubinstein
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: January 28, 1887
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Łódź, Poland
Died: December 20, 1982

 12 Zakir Hussain

Zakir Hussain
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 9, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hyderabad

 13 M. S. Subbulakshmi

M. S. Subbulakshmi.
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Famous As: Carnatic Musician
Birthdate: September 16, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Madurai
Died: December 11, 2004

 14 Agnes Obel

Agnes Obel
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gentofte, Denmark

 15 Gyorgy Ligeti

Gyorgy Ligeti.
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: May 28, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Târnăveni, Romania
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.

 16 Tansen

Tansen
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Famous As: composer
Birthdate: 1500 AD
Birthplace: Gwalior
Died: 1589 AD
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 17 Sadhana Sargam

Sadhana Sargam
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Composer
Birthdate: March 7, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dabhol

 18 Simon Rattle

Simon Rattle
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: January 19, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK
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 19 Bhimsen Joshi

Bhimsen Joshi.
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Famous As: Hindustani Classical Vocalist
Birthdate: February 4, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gadag, Karnataka
Died: February 24, 2011

 20 Saindhavi

Saindhavi
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Famous As: singer
Birthdate: January 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chennai
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 21 Mikhail Glinka

Mikhail Glinka.
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: June 1, 1804
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Smolensk Governorate
Died: February 15, 1857

Mikhail Glinka was a Russian composer who is considered the fountainhead of classical music in Russia. Glinka was the first Russian musician to achieve widespread acclaim within his own country. His compositions went on to influence subsequent generations of Russian composers, such as the members of The Five.

 22 Usha Mangeshkar

Usha Mangeshkar
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Famous As: Singer, Composer
Birthdate: December 15, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

 23 Surdas

Surdas
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Famous As: poet
Birthdate: 1478 AD
Birthplace: India
Died: 1583 AD

Surdas was an Indian poet and singer best remembered for his devotion to Lord Krishna. He is credited with writing the popular book, Sur Sagar. He was blind by birth and was neglected by his family. Surdas was inspired by the teachings of Vallabha Acharya, who he met while going on a pilgrimage to Vrindavan.

 24 Hridayanath Mangeshkar

Hridayanath Mangeshkar
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Birthdate: October 26, 1937
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mumbai
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 25 Pandit Jasraj

Pandit Jasraj
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Birthdate: January 28, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hisar

 26 M. G. Sreekumar

M. G. Sreekumar
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Famous As: Singer, Composer
Birthdate: May 25, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Haripad

 27 Harini

Harini
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Famous As: actor, singer
Birthdate: April 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chennai

 28 Amjad Ali Khan

Amjad Ali Khan
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 9, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gwalior

 29 Naushad

Naushad
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 25, 1919
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lucknow, India
Died: May 5, 2006

It is believed, during his struggling days, legendary music director Naushad would often sleep on the footpath near the Broadway theater in Bombay. The Padma Bhushan-winning composer, who is known for his music in films such as Baiju Bawra and Mughal-e-Azam, popularized classical music ijn Hindi films.

 30 Bade Ghulam Ali Khan

Bade Ghulam Ali Khan
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 2, 1902
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kasur
Died: April 23, 1968

 31 Annapurna Devi

Annapurna Devi
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Famous As: Music educator
Birthdate: April 23, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Maihar

 32 Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma.
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Famous As: Santoor Player
Birthdate: January 13, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jammu

 33 Alla Rakha

Alla Rakha
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Famous As: Composer, Percussionist
Birthdate: April 29, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jammu
Died: February 3, 2000

 34 Leon Fleisher

Leon Fleisher
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: July 23, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: August 2, 2020

 35 Abhay Jodhpurkar

Abhay Jodhpurkar
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 31, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Madhya Pradesh

 36 Suman Kalyanpur

Suman Kalyanpur
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Composer
Birthdate: January 28, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dhaka

 37 Kishori Amonkar

Kishori Amonkar
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Famous As: singer
Birthdate: April 10, 1931
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mumbai
Died: April 3, 2017

 38 T. M. Krishna

T. M. Krishna
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Birthdate: January 22, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chennai

 39 Rahul Deshpande

Rahul Deshpande
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 10, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pune

 40 Allauddin Khan

Allauddin Khan
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Famous As: musician, composer, music educator
Birthdate: 1862 AD
Birthplace: Brahmanbaria District
Died: September 6, 1972

 41 Gavin Bryars

Gavin Bryars
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: January 16, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Goole, England

 42 Jean-Pierre Rampal

Jean-Pierre Rampal
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 7, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Marseille, France
Died: May 20, 2000

 43 Luigi Nono

Luigi Nono
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: January 29, 1924
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: May 8, 1990

 44 Lou Harrison

Lou Harrison
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: May 14, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
Died: February 2, 2003

 45 Leopold Godowsky

Leopold Godowsky
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Famous As: Pianist and composer
Birthdate: February 13, 1870
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Soshly, Lithuania
Died: November 21, 1938

 46 Shubha Mudgal

Shubha Mudgal
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Famous As: singer, composer
Birthdate: 1959 AD
Birthplace: Allahabad

 47 Wanda Landowska

Wanda Landowska
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Famous As: Harpsichordist
Birthdate: July 5, 1879
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: August 16, 1959

 48 Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
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Famous As: musician, guitarist
Birthdate: July 12, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jaipur

 49 Josef Rheinberger

Josef Rheinberger
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Famous As: Organist
Birthdate: March 17, 1839
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Died: November 25, 1901

 50 Ustad Vilayat Khan

Ustad Vilayat Khan
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 28, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gouripur, Bangladesh
Died: March 13, 2004
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