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
Composer
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
Composer

Schoolboy QSchoolboy Q
26 October 1986
Hip-hop Artist

Jackson BrowneJackson Browne
09 October 1948
Singer-songwriter
Richard WagnerRichard Wagner
22 May 1813
Composer, conductor, theatre director

ZeddZedd
02 September 1989
Record Producer

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

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

Robert SchumannRobert Schumann
08 June 1810
Composer, Aesthete and Music Critic
Lena Meyer-LandrutLena Meyer-Landrut
23 May 1991
Singer-songwriter

André PrevinAndré Previn
06 April 1929
Musician

Tom KaulitzTom Kaulitz
01 September 1989
Musician
William HerschelWilliam Herschel
15 November 1738
Astronomer, Composer

Johann PachelbelJohann Pachelbel
01 September 1653
Composer, Organist and Teacher
Karlheinz StockhausenKarlheinz Stockhausen
22 August 1928
Composer

Carl OrffCarl Orff
10 July 1895
Composer

Kurt WeillKurt Weill
02 March 1900
Composer
Paul HindemithPaul Hindemith
16 November 1895
Composer

Christoph Willibald GluckChristoph Willibald Gluck
02 July 1714
Composer
Max BruchMax Bruch
06 January 1838
Composer and Conductor

Mikhail GlinkaMikhail Glinka
01 June 1804
Composer

Heinrich SchützHeinrich Schütz
08 October 1585
Composer, Organist

Dieterich BuxtehudeDieterich Buxtehude
24 June 1637
Musical Composer and Organist
Alfred SchnittkeAlfred Schnittke
24 November 1934
Composer
Ferruccio BusoniFerruccio Busoni
01 April 1866
Composer

Max RegerMax Reger
19 March 1873
Composer

Mike SingerMike Singer
20 January 2000
Singer-songwriter

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

Fanny Mendelssohn HenselFanny Mendelssohn Hensel
14 November 1805
Musician and Composer

Richard Georg StraussRichard Georg Strauss
11 June 1864
Composer

Jaden BojsenJaden Bojsen
01 August 2000
Actor

Continue Reading Below
Ramin DjawadiRamin Djawadi
19 July 1974
Composer, Record producer, Film score composer
Till LindemannTill Lindemann
04 January 1963
Singer, Actor, Poet, Swimmer, Writer, Carpenter,

Kim PetrasKim Petras
27 August 1992
Singer, Model
BushidoBushido
28 September 1978
rapper sines 2000, record producer,

Richard StraussRichard Strauss
11 June 1864
Composer, Conductor, Librettist, Writer

NenaNena
24 March 1960
Singer, Musician, Actor, Singer-songwriter
Christian LorenzChristian Lorenz
16 November 1966
Musician

Christoph SchneiderChristoph Schneider
11 May 1966
Drummer, Musician
Theodor W. AdornoTheodor W. Adorno
11 September 1903
Philosopher, Composer, Musicologist, Sociologist,

Paul LandersPaul Landers
09 December 1964
Guitarist, Musician

Oliver RiedelOliver Riedel
11 April 1971
Musician

Michael SchenkerMichael Schenker
10 January 1955
Guitarist, Composer

ZaytovenZaytoven
 
Nina HagenNina Hagen
11 March 1955
Actor, Singer

Clara SchumannClara Schumann
13 September 1819
Pianist, Composer, Music educator

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

Lou BegaLou Bega
13 April 1975
Singer, Composer
Klaus NomiKlaus Nomi
24 January 1944
Vocalizer

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

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

Dieter BohlenDieter Bohlen
07 February 1954
songwriter, guitarist, autobiographer, singer,
Rudolf SchenkerRudolf Schenker
31 August 1948
Composer, Entrepreneur, Guitarist, Writer

Jacques OffenbachJacques Offenbach
20 June 1819
Composer, Cellist, Conductor, Impresario
Frédéric Prinz von AnhaltFrédéric Prinz von Anhalt
18 June 1943
Musician, Socialite

HaddawayHaddaway
09 January 1965
Singer, Musician

Lisa FischerLisa Fischer
 
Horst WesselHorst Wessel
09 October 1907
Composer

James LastJames Last
17 April 1929
Composer, Conductor, Jazz musician, Pianist,
Uli Jon RothUli Jon Roth
18 December 1954
Guitarist, Composer

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

Angela GossowAngela Gossow
05 November 1974
Singer, Journalist, Writer, Songwriter

Georg Philipp TelemannGeorg Philipp Telemann
14 March 1681
Composer, Musicologist, Musician, Conductor, Music
Carl Maria von WeberCarl Maria von Weber
18 November 1786
Composer
Fanny MendelssohnFanny Mendelssohn
14 November 1805
Composer, Pianist

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

Paul van DykPaul van Dyk
16 December 1971
DJ

Anne-Sophie MutterAnne-Sophie Mutter
29 June 1963
Violinist, Music educator
Harold FaltermeyerHarold Faltermeyer
05 October 1952
Composer, Record producer, Film score composer

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

Houston Stewart ChamberlainHouston Stewart Chamberlain
09 September 1855
Racial theorist, Writer, Politician, Philosopher,

Nils FrahmNils Frahm
20 September 1982
Musician, Composer, Pianist

Jonas KaufmannJonas Kaufmann
10 July 1969
Opera singer, Singer
Marian GoldMarian Gold
26 May 1954
Singer, Guitarist

Klaus SchulzeKlaus Schulze
04 August 1947
Composer, Musician
Johann Christian BachJohann Christian Bach
05 September 1735
Composer

ATBATB
26 February 1973
Disc jockey, Musician, Composer

Udo DirkschneiderUdo Dirkschneider
06 April 1952
Singer, Composer
Marco MinnemannMarco Minnemann
24 December 1970
Composer, Jazz musician

Tom TykwerTom Tykwer
23 May 1965
Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter,
Blixa BargeldBlixa Bargeld
12 January 1959
Actor, Composer, Experimental musician, Singer,

Barbara OrbisonBarbara Orbison
10 January 1950
Record producer, Music publisher, Composer

Paul KalkbrennerPaul Kalkbrenner
11 June 1977
Record producer, Club DJ, Disc jockey

Bert KaempfertBert Kaempfert
16 October 1923
Composer, Conductor, Record producer, Film score
Mandy CapristoMandy Capristo
21 March 1990
Singer, Model, Pianist

Cosima WagnerCosima Wagner
24 December 1837
Composer, Writer, Director
Klaus BadeltKlaus Badelt
12 June 1967
Composer, Film score composer

Wilhelm FurtwänglerWilhelm Furtwängler
 

Michael KiskeMichael Kiske
24 January 1968
Singer, Musician

Otto KlempererOtto Klemperer
14 May 1885
Conductor
Edgar FroeseEdgar Froese
06 June 1944
Composer, Musician, Film score composer