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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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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(One of the Greatest Composers in the History of Western Music)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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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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Franz Peter Schubert
(Austrian Composer and One of the Greatest Piano Virtuosos of the Late Classical and Early Romantic Era)
Franz Peter Schubert
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Birthdate: January 31, 1797
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Himmelpfortgrund, 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.

Bruce Randall Hornsby
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Birthdate: November 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
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Wendy Carlos
(Musician)
Wendy Carlos
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Birthdate: November 14, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA
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Martha Argerich
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Birthdate: June 5, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buenos Aires
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Khatia Buniatishvili
(Georgian-French Concert Pianist)
Khatia Buniatishvili
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Birthdate: June 21, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Batumi, Georgia

Khatia Buniatishvili is a Georgian-French pianist. Buniatishvili has been playing since the age of three and gave her first concert when she was just six years old. She then went on to play at an international stage at the age of 10. Buniatishvili is known for her association with Sony Classical, which has produced many of her solo piano albums.

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Arthur Rubinstein
(One of the Greatest Pianists and Chopin Interpreters of His Time)
Arthur Rubinstein
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Birthdate: January 28, 1887
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Łódź, Poland
Died: December 20, 1982

Arthur Rubinstein was a Polish-American pianist counted amongst the greatest pianists of all time. He had an extensive career spanning eight decades, during which he earned much international acclaim. He played music performed by several illustrious composers and is especially remembered for his interpretation of Chopin’s music. Renowned pianists François-René Duchâble and Avi Schönfeld were his students. 

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K. J. Yesudas
(Playback singer)
K. J. Yesudas
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Birthdate: January 10, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fort Kochi, Kerala, India

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.

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S. Janaki
(Actor, Singer)
S. Janaki
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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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Simon Rattle
(Conductor)
Simon Rattle
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Birthdate: January 19, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK
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M. S. Subbulakshmi
(Carnatic Musician)
M. S. Subbulakshmi
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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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Zakir Hussain
(India's most famous tabla virtuoso)
Zakir Hussain
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Birthdate: March 9, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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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Tina Guo
(Cellist)
Tina Guo
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Birthdate: October 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
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Joe Hisaishi
(Japanese Composer and Musical Director Known to Explore and Incorporate Different Genres in His Scores)
Joe Hisaishi
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Birthdate: December 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nakano, 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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Bhimsen Joshi
(Hindustani Classical Vocalist)
Bhimsen Joshi
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Birthdate: February 4, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gadag, Karnataka
Died: February 24, 2011

Bhimsen Joshi was an Indian vocalist best known for recording devotional songs. Widely regarded as one of the greatest vocalists of all time, Bhimsen Joshi was the first Indian musician whose concerts were promoted through posters in New York City, New York. Over the course of his career, Joshi received prestigious honors, such as the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award.

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Anna Fedorova
(Pianist)
Anna Fedorova
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Birthdate: February 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kiev, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union
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Saindhavi
(singer)
Saindhavi
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Birthdate: January 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chennai
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Usha Mangeshkar
(Singer, Composer)
Usha Mangeshkar
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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.

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Hridayanath Mangeshkar
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Birthdate: October 26, 1937
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mumbai
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Mischa Maisky
(Cellist)
Mischa Maisky
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Birthdate: January 10, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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John Williams
(Guitarist, arranger and composer)
John Williams
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Birthdate: April 24, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
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Pandit Shivkumar Sharma
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Birthdate: January 13, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jammu, India
Died: May 10, 2022
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Andreas Vollenweider
(Swiss Harpist Best Known for His Work on the Electro-Acoustic Harp)
Andreas Vollenweider
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Birthdate: October 4, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland

Grammy-winning Swiss harpist Andreas Vollenweider was no stranger to music as a child, being the son of an organist father. He is now regarded as one of the pioneering new-age artists. While he initially mastered instruments such as the guitar and the flute, he switched to the harp much later.

Pandit Jasraj
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Birthdate: January 28, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hisar
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M. G. Sreekumar
(Singer, Composer)
M. G. Sreekumar
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Birthdate: May 25, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Haripad
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Leon Fleisher
(Pianist)
Leon Fleisher
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Birthdate: July 23, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: August 2, 2020
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Harini
(actor, singer)
Harini
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Birthdate: April 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chennai
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Amjad Ali Khan
(Musician)
Amjad Ali Khan
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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.

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Bade Ghulam Ali Khan
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Birthdate: April 2, 1902
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kasur
Died: April 23, 1968
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Annapurna Devi
(Musician)
Annapurna Devi
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Birthdate: April 23, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Maihar, Satna, Madhya Pradesh, India
Died: October 13, 2018
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Alberto Iglesias
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Birthdate: October 21, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain
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Alla Rakha
(Composer, Percussionist)
Alla Rakha
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Birthdate: April 29, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jammu
Died: February 3, 2000
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Luigi Nono
(Composer)
Luigi Nono
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Birthdate: January 29, 1924
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: May 8, 1990
 34 
Gavin Bryars
(Composer)
Gavin Bryars
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Birthdate: January 16, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Goole, England
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Suman Kalyanpur
(Actor, Singer, Composer)
Suman Kalyanpur
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Birthdate: January 28, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dhaka
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Leopold Godowsky
(Virtuoso Pianist, Composer and Teacher Acclaimed by Famous Musicians as ‘Buddha of the Piano’)
Leopold Godowsky
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Birthdate: February 13, 1870
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Soshly, Lithuania
Died: November 21, 1938
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André Watts
(American Classical Pianist and Professor at the 'Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University')
André Watts
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Birthdate: June 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nürnberg, Germany

Grammy Award-winning German-born American pianist André Watts was the son of a Hungarian refugee mother who was also a pianist. He first gained attention with his TV performance under conductor Leonard Bernstein. He was also the first to perform a live broadcast of a solo recital on TV.

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Kishori Amonkar
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Birthdate: April 10, 1931
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mumbai
Died: April 3, 2017
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Jean-Pierre Rampal
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Birthdate: January 7, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Marseille, France
Died: May 20, 2000
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Lou Harrison
(Composer)
Lou Harrison
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Birthdate: May 14, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
Died: February 2, 2003
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Josef Rheinberger
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Birthdate: March 17, 1839
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Died: November 25, 1901
T. M. Krishna
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Birthdate: January 22, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chennai
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Allauddin Khan
(musician, composer, music educator)
Allauddin Khan
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Birthdate: 1862 AD
Birthplace: Brahmanbaria District
Died: September 6, 1972

Allauddin Khan was an Indian multi-instrumentalist and composer best remembered as a sarod player. He was also one of the 20th century's most notable music teachers in Indian classical music. Allauddin Khan was a recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Padma Vibhushan, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, and Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship for his immense contribution to Indian music.

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Abhay Jodhpurkar
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Birthdate: July 31, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Madhya Pradesh
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Leonardo Vinci
(Composer)
Leonardo Vinci
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Birthdate: 1690 AD
Birthplace: Strongoli, Italy
Died: May 27, 1730
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Rahul Deshpande
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Birthdate: October 10, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pune
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Donald Swann
(Composer)
Donald Swann
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Birthdate: September 30, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Llanelli, Wales, England
Died: March 23, 1994

Part of the British comedy duo Flanders and Swann, Donald Swann had met his partner Michael Flanders in school. Born to Russian Revolution refugees, Swann had also been an ambulance driver during World War II. A talented composer, he either composed or wrote about 2000 songs throughout his career.

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Yefim Bronfman
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Birthdate: April 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
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Narciso García Yepes
(Spanish musician)
Narciso García Yepes
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Birthdate: November 14, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lorca, Spain
Died: May 3, 1997

Narciso García Yepes was a Spanish guitarist best remembered for his work with conductor and pianist Ataúlfo Argenta. Yepes is credited with popularizing a classical guitar concerto named Concierto de Aranjuez. Over the years, Narciso García Yepes went on to become one of the 20th century's finest virtuoso classical guitarists.

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Heinrich Schenker
(Austrian Music Theorist)
Heinrich Schenker
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Birthdate: June 19, 1868
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wisniowczyki, Poland
Died: January 14, 1935

Heinrich Schenker was an influential music theorist whose works have had a significant impact on subsequent musical analysis. Based on his theories, a method of analyzing tonal music was developed; the method is now called Schenkerian analysis. Heinrich Schenker's approach was explained in a three volume series titled New Musical Theories and Phantasies.