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
Film score 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

André PrevinAndré Previn
06 April 1929

George Frideric HandelGeorge Frideric Handel
23 February 1685
02 September 1989
Record Producer

Johannes BrahmsJohannes Brahms
07 May 1833
Composer and pianist
Flula BorgFlula Borg
28 March 1982

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

Schoolboy QSchoolboy Q
26 October 1986
Hip-hop Artist

William HerschelWilliam Herschel
15 November 1738
Astronomer, Composer

Theodor W. AdornoTheodor W. Adorno
11 September 1903
Lena Meyer-LandrutLena Meyer-Landrut
23 May 1991

Johann PachelbelJohann Pachelbel
01 September 1653
Composer, Organist and Teacher

Karlheinz StockhausenKarlheinz Stockhausen
22 August 1928

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

Mikhail GlinkaMikhail Glinka
01 June 1804
Ferruccio BusoniFerruccio Busoni
01 April 1866

Paul HindemithPaul Hindemith
16 November 1895

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

Heinrich SchützHeinrich Schütz
08 October 1585
Composer, Organist

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

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Adolf von HenseltAdolf von Henselt
12 May 1814
Tom KaulitzTom Kaulitz
01 September 1989

Clara Wieck SchumannClara Wieck Schumann
13 September 1819
Musician & Composer

Richard Georg StraussRichard Georg Strauss
11 June 1864

Fanny Mendelssohn HenselFanny Mendelssohn Hensel
14 November 1805
Musician and Composer
Jaden BojsenJaden Bojsen
01 August 2000
Kim PetrasKim Petras
27 August 1992
Singer, Model

28 September 1978
rapper sines 2000, record producer,

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

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

Rainer Werner FassbinderRainer Werner Fassbinder
31 May 1945
Film maker

Jürgen ProchnowJürgen Prochnow
10 June 1941
Michael SchenkerMichael Schenker
10 January 1955

Clara SchumannClara Schumann
13 September 1819
Pianist, Composer, Music educator
Klaus MeineKlaus Meine
25 May 1948
Singer, Composer, Songwriter, Guitarist

Frank FarianFrank Farian
18 July 1941
Record producer

Lou BegaLou Bega
13 April 1975
Singer, Composer
Jennifer RushJennifer Rush
28 September 1960

Frédéric Prinz von AnhaltFrédéric Prinz von Anhalt
18 June 1943
Musician, Socialite
Horst WesselHorst Wessel
09 October 1907

Ari UpAri Up
17 January 1962

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

Nina HagenNina Hagen
11 March 1955
Actor, Singer

Thomas AndersThomas Anders
01 March 1963
Composer, Singer, Actor, Songwriter, Record
Dieter BohlenDieter Bohlen
07 February 1954
songwriter, guitarist, autobiographer, singer,

Klaus NomiKlaus Nomi
24 January 1944

09 January 1965
Singer, Musician

12 January 1980
Record producer
Armin Mueller-StahlArmin Mueller-Stahl
17 December 1930

Florian SchneiderFlorian Schneider
07 April 1947
Angela GossowAngela Gossow
05 November 1974
Singer, Journalist, Writer, Songwriter

Meshell NdegeocelloMeshell Ndegeocello
29 August 1968

Uli Jon RothUli Jon Roth
18 December 1954
Guitarist, Composer
Houston Stewart ChamberlainHouston Stewart Chamberlain
09 September 1855
Racial theorist, Writer, Politician, Philosopher,

Jonas KaufmannJonas Kaufmann
10 July 1969
Opera singer, Singer
Christian LorenzChristian Lorenz
16 November 1966

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

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

James LastJames Last
17 April 1929
Composer, Conductor, Jazz musician, Pianist,
Tom TykwerTom Tykwer
23 May 1965
Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter,

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

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
Barbara OrbisonBarbara Orbison
10 January 1950
Record producer, Music publisher, Composer
Matthias JabsMatthias Jabs
25 October 1955
Composer, Entrepreneur, Guitarist, Songwriter

Johann van BeethovenJohann van Beethoven
14 November 1740
Musician, Conductor, Singer, Composer

Udo DirkschneiderUdo Dirkschneider
06 April 1952
Singer, Composer

Paul LandersPaul Landers
09 December 1964
Guitarist, Musician
Christoph SchneiderChristoph Schneider
11 May 1966
Drummer, Musician

Carl Maria von WeberCarl Maria von Weber
18 November 1786

Paul van DykPaul van Dyk
16 December 1971

Johann Christian BachJohann Christian Bach
05 September 1735

Oliver RiedelOliver Riedel
11 April 1971
Caterina ValenteCaterina Valente
14 January 1931

Klaus SchulzeKlaus Schulze
04 August 1947
Composer, Musician
Marian GoldMarian Gold
26 May 1954
Singer, Guitarist

Wilhelm BackhausWilhelm Backhaus
26 March 1884
Bert KaempfertBert Kaempfert
16 October 1923
Composer, Conductor, Record producer, Film score
Cosima WagnerCosima Wagner
24 December 1837
Composer, Writer, Director