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

Hans ZimmerHans Zimmer
12 September 1957
Music Composer

Johann Sebastian BachJohann Sebastian Bach
31 March 1685

Jackson BrowneJackson Browne
09 October 1948

Richard WagnerRichard Wagner
22 May 1813
Composer, conductor, theatre director
Franz LisztFranz Liszt
22 October 1811
Composer, pianist, conductor and teacher

Flula BorgFlula Borg
28 March 1982

George Frideric HandelGeorge Frideric Handel
23 February 1685
Johannes BrahmsJohannes Brahms
07 May 1833
Composer and pianist

Robert SchumannRobert Schumann
08 June 1810
Composer, Aesthete and Music Critic
02 September 1989
Record Producer

André PrevinAndré Previn
06 April 1929

Schoolboy QSchoolboy Q
26 October 1986
Hip-hop Artist

Lena Meyer-LandrutLena Meyer-Landrut
23 May 1991

Theodor W. AdornoTheodor W. Adorno
11 September 1903
Tom KaulitzTom Kaulitz
01 September 1989

Johann PachelbelJohann Pachelbel
01 September 1653
Composer, Organist and Teacher

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
Christoph Willibald GluckChristoph Willibald Gluck
02 July 1714

Paul HindemithPaul Hindemith
16 November 1895

Mikhail GlinkaMikhail Glinka
01 June 1804
Max BruchMax Bruch
06 January 1838
Composer and Conductor

Heinrich SchützHeinrich Schütz
08 October 1585
Composer, Organist
Alfred SchnittkeAlfred Schnittke
24 November 1934

Dieterich BuxtehudeDieterich Buxtehude
24 June 1637
Musical Composer and Organist

Ferruccio BusoniFerruccio Busoni
01 April 1866
Mike SingerMike Singer
20 January 2000

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Max RegerMax Reger
19 March 1873
Adolf von HenseltAdolf von Henselt
12 May 1814

Clara Wieck SchumannClara Wieck Schumann
13 September 1819
Musician & Composer

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
Kim PetrasKim Petras
27 August 1992
Singer, Model

Ramin DjawadiRamin Djawadi
19 July 1974
Composer, Record producer, Film score composer

Till LindemannTill Lindemann
04 January 1963
Singer, Actor, Poet, Swimmer, Writer, Carpenter,

28 September 1978
rapper sines 2000, record producer,
Felix MendelssohnFelix Mendelssohn
03 February 1809

24 March 1960
Singer, Musician, Actor, Singer-songwriter

Max RichterMax Richter
22 March 1966

Klaus MeineKlaus Meine
25 May 1948
Singer, Composer, Songwriter, Guitarist

Elke SommerElke Sommer
05 November 1940
Actor, Singer, Painter, Model, Musician
Lou BegaLou Bega
13 April 1975
Singer, Composer

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

Frank FarianFrank Farian
18 July 1941
Record producer

Nina HagenNina Hagen
11 March 1955
Actor, Singer
Frederick William III of PrussiaFrederick William III of Prussia
03 August 1770
Composer, Politician

12 January 1980
Record producer
Frédéric Prinz von AnhaltFrédéric Prinz von Anhalt
18 June 1943
Musician, Socialite

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

Thomas AndersThomas Anders
01 March 1963
Composer, Singer, Actor, Songwriter, Record

09 January 1965
Singer, Musician

Jacques OffenbachJacques Offenbach
20 June 1819
Composer, Cellist, Conductor, Impresario
Dieter BohlenDieter Bohlen
07 February 1954
songwriter, guitarist, autobiographer, singer,

Ari UpAri Up
17 January 1962

Jennifer RushJennifer Rush
28 September 1960

Horst WesselHorst Wessel
09 October 1907
Klaus NomiKlaus Nomi
24 January 1944

Angela GossowAngela Gossow
05 November 1974
Singer, Journalist, Writer, Songwriter
Tom TykwerTom Tykwer
23 May 1965
Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter,

Jonas KaufmannJonas Kaufmann
10 July 1969
Opera singer, Singer

Meshell NdegeocelloMeshell Ndegeocello
29 August 1968
Barbara OrbisonBarbara Orbison
10 January 1950
Record producer, Music publisher, Composer

Christian LorenzChristian Lorenz
16 November 1966
Anne-Sophie MutterAnne-Sophie Mutter
29 June 1963
Violinist, Music educator

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

Georg Philipp TelemannGeorg Philipp Telemann
14 March 1681
Composer, Musicologist, Musician, Conductor, Music
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
Paul van DykPaul van Dyk
16 December 1971

Paul LandersPaul Landers
09 December 1964
Guitarist, Musician

Uli Jon RothUli Jon Roth
18 December 1954
Guitarist, Composer

Christoph SchneiderChristoph Schneider
11 May 1966
Drummer, Musician
Houston Stewart ChamberlainHouston Stewart Chamberlain
09 September 1855
Racial theorist, Writer, Politician, Philosopher,
Xavier NaidooXavier Naidoo
02 October 1971
Singer, Vocalist, Actor

Oliver RiedelOliver Riedel
11 April 1971

Matthias JabsMatthias Jabs
25 October 1955
Composer, Entrepreneur, Guitarist, Songwriter

Harold FaltermeyerHarold Faltermeyer
05 October 1952
Composer, Record producer, Film score composer
Axel Rudi PellAxel Rudi Pell
27 June 1960
Musician, Guitarist

Fanny MendelssohnFanny Mendelssohn
14 November 1805
Composer, Pianist

Blixa BargeldBlixa Bargeld
12 January 1959
Actor, Composer, Experimental musician, Singer,

Klaus SchulzeKlaus Schulze
04 August 1947
Composer, Musician

Bert KaempfertBert Kaempfert
16 October 1923
Composer, Conductor, Record producer, Film score
Nils FrahmNils Frahm
20 September 1982
Musician, Composer, Pianist

Johann Christian BachJohann Christian Bach
05 September 1735
Paul KalkbrennerPaul Kalkbrenner
11 June 1977
Record producer, Club DJ, Disc jockey

Udo DirkschneiderUdo Dirkschneider
06 April 1952
Singer, Composer
Daniel LibeskindDaniel Libeskind
12 May 1946
Architect, Musician, University teacher
Otto KlempererOtto Klemperer
14 May 1885