Music has been the source of entertainment and relaxation since times immemorial. Over the course of time music has evolved and many new styles have been invented. The contribution of German musicians in this regard is invaluable. Some of the finest musicians in the world hail from the country, making Western Classical music synonymous with German Classical music. From the compositions of famous German musicians like Mozart, Bach and Beethoven, to that of more recent composers like Hans Zimmer, German music has seen immense transformation. The rich legacy of music is carried forward by the modern day musicians, who have earned a name for themselves by inventing musical genres like ‘New German Wave’ and experimenting with rock, reggae, R&B and gothic music. The country renowned for its heavy metal music festivals also has an enriching legacy of folk music including the styles like Oom-pah and Bavarian folk music. Audiences from around the world are drawn towards the works of German musicians. You will find here, a collection of biographies of some of the most famous German musicians. Continue reading to find all about out their life stories, timelines and also some interesting facts & trivia related to their lives.

Ludwig van BeethovenLudwig van Beethoven
16 December 1770
Hans ZimmerHans Zimmer
12 September 1957
Music Composer

J. Cole J. Cole
28 January 1985
Rapper, Record Producer, Singer-Songwriter

Johann Sebastian BachJohann Sebastian Bach
31 March 1685

Jackson BrowneJackson Browne
09 October 1948

Schoolboy QSchoolboy Q
26 October 1986
Hip-hop Artist
Richard WagnerRichard Wagner
22 May 1813
Composer, conductor, theatre director

Franz LisztFranz Liszt
22 October 1811
Composer, pianist, conductor and teacher

Tom KaulitzTom Kaulitz
01 September 1989
George Frideric HandelGeorge Frideric Handel
23 February 1685

André PrevinAndré Previn
06 April 1929
Johannes BrahmsJohannes Brahms
07 May 1833
Composer and pianist

02 September 1989
Record Producer

Robert SchumannRobert Schumann
08 June 1810
Composer, Aesthete and Music Critic

Theodor W. AdornoTheodor W. Adorno
11 September 1903

Johann PachelbelJohann Pachelbel
01 September 1653
Composer, Organist and Teacher
Lena Meyer-LandrutLena Meyer-Landrut
23 May 1991

William HerschelWilliam Herschel
15 November 1738
Astronomer, Composer

Karlheinz StockhausenKarlheinz Stockhausen
22 August 1928

Carl OrffCarl Orff
10 July 1895
Kurt WeillKurt Weill
02 March 1900

Paul HindemithPaul Hindemith
16 November 1895
Mikhail GlinkaMikhail Glinka
01 June 1804

Christoph Willibald GluckChristoph Willibald Gluck
02 July 1714

Max BruchMax Bruch
06 January 1838
Composer and Conductor
Dieterich BuxtehudeDieterich Buxtehude
24 June 1637
Musical Composer and Organist

Alfred SchnittkeAlfred Schnittke
24 November 1934
Ferruccio BusoniFerruccio Busoni
01 April 1866

Heinrich SchützHeinrich Schütz
08 October 1585
Composer, Organist

Max RegerMax Reger
19 March 1873
Mike SingerMike Singer
20 January 2000

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Clara Wieck SchumannClara Wieck Schumann
13 September 1819
Musician & Composer
Adolf von HenseltAdolf von Henselt
12 May 1814

Fanny Mendelssohn HenselFanny Mendelssohn Hensel
14 November 1805
Musician and Composer

Richard Georg StraussRichard Georg Strauss
11 June 1864

Jaden BojsenJaden Bojsen
01 August 2000
Till LindemannTill Lindemann
04 January 1963
Singer, Actor, Poet, Swimmer, Writer, Carpenter,
Kim PetrasKim Petras
27 August 1992
Singer, Model

28 September 1978
rapper sines 2000, record producer,

Felix MendelssohnFelix Mendelssohn
03 February 1809

Ramin DjawadiRamin Djawadi
19 July 1974
Composer, Record producer, Film score composer
24 March 1960
Singer, Musician, Actor, Singer-songwriter

Max RichterMax Richter
22 March 1966

Frank FarianFrank Farian
18 July 1941
Record producer

Oliver RiedelOliver Riedel
11 April 1971

Flula BorgFlula Borg
28 March 1982
Nina HagenNina Hagen
11 March 1955
Actor, Singer

Michael SchenkerMichael Schenker
10 January 1955
Clara SchumannClara Schumann
13 September 1819
Pianist, Composer, Music educator

Elke SommerElke Sommer
05 November 1940
Actor, Singer, Painter, Model, Musician

Frédéric Prinz von AnhaltFrédéric Prinz von Anhalt
18 June 1943
Musician, Socialite
Lou BegaLou Bega
13 April 1975
Singer, Composer

Klaus MeineKlaus Meine
25 May 1948
Singer, Composer, Songwriter, Guitarist
Frederick William III of PrussiaFrederick William III of Prussia
03 August 1770
Composer, Politician

Klaus NomiKlaus Nomi
24 January 1944

Rudolf SchenkerRudolf Schenker
31 August 1948
Composer, Entrepreneur, Guitarist, Writer

Dieter BohlenDieter Bohlen
07 February 1954
songwriter, guitarist, autobiographer, singer,

Christian LorenzChristian Lorenz
16 November 1966
12 January 1980
Record producer

09 January 1965
Singer, Musician

Ari UpAri Up
17 January 1962

Thomas AndersThomas Anders
01 March 1963
Composer, Singer, Actor, Songwriter, Record
Xavier NaidooXavier Naidoo
02 October 1971
Singer, Vocalist, Actor

Angela GossowAngela Gossow
05 November 1974
Singer, Journalist, Writer, Songwriter
Jennifer RushJennifer Rush
28 September 1960

Paul LandersPaul Landers
09 December 1964
Guitarist, Musician

Lisa FischerLisa Fischer
Christoph SchneiderChristoph Schneider
11 May 1966
Drummer, Musician

Anne-Sophie MutterAnne-Sophie Mutter
29 June 1963
Violinist, Music educator
Jacques OffenbachJacques Offenbach
20 June 1819
Composer, Cellist, Conductor, Impresario

Horst WesselHorst Wessel
09 October 1907

Barbara OrbisonBarbara Orbison
10 January 1950
Record producer, Music publisher, Composer
Houston Stewart ChamberlainHouston Stewart Chamberlain
09 September 1855
Racial theorist, Writer, Politician, Philosopher,

Georg Philipp TelemannGeorg Philipp Telemann
14 March 1681
Composer, Musicologist, Musician, Conductor, Music
Jonas KaufmannJonas Kaufmann
10 July 1969
Opera singer, Singer

Carl Philipp Emanuel BachCarl Philipp Emanuel Bach
08 March 1714
Composer, Pianist, Musicologist, Music theorist

Carl Maria von WeberCarl Maria von Weber
18 November 1786

Uli Jon RothUli Jon Roth
18 December 1954
Guitarist, Composer
Meshell NdegeocelloMeshell Ndegeocello
29 August 1968
Tom TykwerTom Tykwer
23 May 1965
Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter,

Harold FaltermeyerHarold Faltermeyer
05 October 1952
Composer, Record producer, Film score composer

James LastJames Last
17 April 1929
Composer, Conductor, Jazz musician, Pianist,

Matthias JabsMatthias Jabs
25 October 1955
Composer, Entrepreneur, Guitarist, Songwriter
Marco MinnemannMarco Minnemann
24 December 1970
Composer, Jazz musician

Paul van DykPaul van Dyk
16 December 1971

Nils FrahmNils Frahm
20 September 1982
Musician, Composer, Pianist

Daniel LibeskindDaniel Libeskind
12 May 1946
Architect, Musician, University teacher

Blixa BargeldBlixa Bargeld
12 January 1959
Actor, Composer, Experimental musician, Singer,
Fanny MendelssohnFanny Mendelssohn
14 November 1805
Composer, Pianist

Bert KaempfertBert Kaempfert
16 October 1923
Composer, Conductor, Record producer, Film score
Marian GoldMarian Gold
26 May 1954
Singer, Guitarist

Klaus SchulzeKlaus Schulze
04 August 1947
Composer, Musician
Johann Christian BachJohann Christian Bach
05 September 1735
Paul KalkbrennerPaul Kalkbrenner
11 June 1977
Record producer, Club DJ, Disc jockey