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

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

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 K. J. Yesudas

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

Fort Kochi-born K.J. Yesudas is a major figure of Indian Malyali music. Known as Dasettan to his followers, the singer is an eight-time National Award winner and has the prestigious Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Vibhushan in his kitty. He has also acted in a few regional films.

 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 Zakir Hussain

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

Zakir Hussain is an Indian musician, tabla virtuoso, percussionist, composer, and music producer. Widely regarded as one of the greatest tabla players of all time, Hussain has received many prestigious awards in his illustrious career. In 1990, he was honored with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. In 2002, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's third-highest civilian award.

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 7 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

M.S. Subbulakshmi was an Indian singer. Dubbed the Queen of Music, Subbulakshmi was the leading exponent of Carnatic music. In 1966, she became the first Indian to perform in UN General Assembly. In 1974, she became the first Indian musician to be awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award. In 1998, Subbulakshmi became the first musician to be awarded the Bharat Ratna.

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 8 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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 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

Better known as Janaki Amma, playback singer S. Janaki had begun her career with the Tamil film Vidhiyin Vilayattu. Also known as the Nightingale of South India, she has lent her voice to over 48,000 songs. Following her retirement, she has been the victim of death hoaxes at least twice.

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 11 Tansen

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

Gwalior-born composer Tansen, also known as Ramtanu Pandey, was an iconic figure of Hindustani classical music. Best known for his dhrupad and raga compositions, he was one of the navratnas, or nine gems, of Mughal emperor Akbar’s court. He also invented a stringed instrument named the rabab.

 12 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.  

 13 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

 14 Agnes Obel

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

 15 Usha Mangeshkar

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

Usha Mangeshkar belongs to the iconic Mangeshkar musical family of India and is the second-youngest child of Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar. She, and her famous siblings, Lata and Asha, once rocked the Hindi playback scene. Her song Mai Toh Aarti from Jai Santoshi Maa earned her a Filmfare nomination.

 16 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.

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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

Sadhana Sargam is an Indian playback singer best known for recording nearly 15,000 songs in 34 Indian languages. In 2002, Sadhana Sargam became the first non-South Indian singer to receive the National Award for a song composed by a South Indian. She has also won other prestigious awards like Maharashtra State Film Awards, Lata Mangeshkar Award, and Gujarath State Film Award.

 18 Tina Guo

Tina Guo
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Famous As: Cellist
Birthdate: October 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
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 19 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

 20 Pandit Jasraj

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

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

 22 Amjad Ali Khan

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

Legendary sarod player Ustad Amjad Ali Khan was born to a court musician in Gwalior and performed his first recital at age 6. He later took the sarod to the international stage, with performances in the US and other countries. The Padma Vibhushan winner’s two sons, too, are classical musicians.

 23 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.

 24 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
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 25 Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

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

 26 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.

 27 Annapurna Devi

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

 28 Saindhavi

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

 29 Francisco Tárrega

Francisco Tárrega
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: November 21, 1852
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Villarreal, Spain
Died: December 15, 1909

Francisco Tárrega was a Spanish composer and classical guitarist active during the Romantic period. He is often considered the father of classical guitar and is counted among the greatest guitarists of all time. He loved music from an early age and was able to build a successful career with his father’s encouragement. He died at the peak of his career. 

 30 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.

 31 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

 32 Kishori Amonkar

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

 33 Hridayanath Mangeshkar

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

 34 M. G. Sreekumar

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

 35 Anna Fedorova

Anna Fedorova
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: February 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kiev, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union

 36 Harini

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

 37 Mischa Maisky

Mischa Maisky
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Famous As: Cellist
Birthdate: January 10, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia

 38 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

 39 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

 40 Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

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

 41 Suman Kalyanpur

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

 42 Abhay Jodhpurkar

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

 43 T. M. Krishna

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

 44 Allauddin Khan

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

 45 Rahul Deshpande

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

 46 Alberto Iglesias

Alberto Iglesias
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: October 21, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain

 47 Ustad Sultan Khan

Ustad Sultan Khan
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Birthdate: April 15, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sikar
Died: November 27, 2011

 48 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

 49 Gavin Bryars

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

 50 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
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