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 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Famous As: Composer
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.

 2 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.

 3 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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 4 Franz Peter Schubert

Franz Peter Schubert
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Famous As: Composer
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.

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 5 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.

 6 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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 7 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.

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 8 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
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 9 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.

 10 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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 11 Wendy Carlos

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

 12 Martha Argerich

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

 13 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.

 14 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.

 15 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

 16 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

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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 17 Agnes Obel

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

 18 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.

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 19 Andres Segovia

Andres Segovia
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: February 21, 1893
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Linares, Spain
Died: June 2, 1987
Classical guitarist Andres Segovia is remembered for revolutionizing the use of the guitar in concerts. As a child, he had also learned the piano and the cello. He was mostly self-taught due to the lack of quality guitar teachers. He earned 10 honorary doctorates and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

 20 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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 21 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.  

 22 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.

 23 Tina Guo

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

 24 Pandit Jasraj

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

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

 26 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.

 27 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

 28 Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

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

 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 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. 

 31 Saindhavi

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

 32 Annapurna Devi

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

 33 Kishori Amonkar

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

 34 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

 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 Hridayanath Mangeshkar

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

 37 M. G. Sreekumar

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

 38 Mischa Maisky

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

 39 Harini

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

 40 Suman Kalyanpur

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

 41 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

 42 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

 43 Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

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

 44 Abhay Jodhpurkar

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

 45 Allauddin Khan

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

 46 T. M. Krishna

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

 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 Rahul Deshpande

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

 49 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

 50 Alberto Iglesias

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