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
Hans ZimmerHans Zimmer
12 September 1957
Film score composer

Johann Sebastian BachJohann Sebastian Bach
31 March 1685
Composer

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

Richard WagnerRichard Wagner
22 May 1813
Composer, conductor, theatre director

Jackson BrowneJackson Browne
09 October 1948
Singer-songwriter
George Frideric HandelGeorge Frideric Handel
23 February 1685
Composer

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

Johannes BrahmsJohannes Brahms
07 May 1833
Composer and pianist
ZeddZedd
02 September 1989
Record Producer

Flula BorgFlula Borg
28 March 1982
Actor
Robert SchumannRobert Schumann
08 June 1810
Composer, Aesthete and Music Critic

André PrevinAndré Previn
06 April 1929
Musician

Richard Georg StraussRichard Georg Strauss
11 June 1864
Composer

Schoolboy QSchoolboy Q
26 October 1986
Hip-hop Artist

Theodor W. AdornoTheodor W. Adorno
11 September 1903
Philosopher
Johann PachelbelJohann Pachelbel
01 September 1653
Composer, Organist and Teacher

Clara Wieck SchumannClara Wieck Schumann
13 September 1819
Musician & Composer

Karlheinz StockhausenKarlheinz Stockhausen
22 August 1928
Composer

William HerschelWilliam Herschel
15 November 1738
Astronomer, Composer
Lena Meyer-LandrutLena Meyer-Landrut
23 May 1991
Singer-songwriter

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

Fanny Mendelssohn HenselFanny Mendelssohn Hensel
14 November 1805
Musician and 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

Dieterich BuxtehudeDieterich Buxtehude
24 June 1637
Musical Composer and Organist

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

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Ferruccio BusoniFerruccio Busoni
01 April 1866
Composer
Max RegerMax Reger
19 March 1873
Composer

Mike SingerMike Singer
20 January 2000
Singer-songwriter

Jaden BojsenJaden Bojsen
01 August 2000
Actor

Adolf von HenseltAdolf von Henselt
12 May 1814
Composer
Tom KaulitzTom Kaulitz
01 September 1989
Musician
Kim PetrasKim Petras
27 August 1992
Singer, Model

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

Rob ThomasRob Thomas
14 February 1972
Singer-Songwriter

Felix MendelssohnFelix Mendelssohn
03 February 1809
Composer
Ramin DjawadiRamin Djawadi
19 July 1974
Composer, Record producer, Film score composer

Max RichterMax Richter
22 March 1966
Composer

Frank FarianFrank Farian
18 July 1941
Record producer

Ari UpAri Up
17 January 1962
Musician

NenaNena
24 March 1960
Singer, Musician, Actor, Singer-songwriter
Rainer Werner FassbinderRainer Werner Fassbinder
31 May 1945
Film maker

Ernest IIErnest II
21 June 1818
Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
H. P. BaxxterH. P. Baxxter
16 March 1966
 

Jürgen ProchnowJürgen Prochnow
10 June 1941
Actor

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

Michael SchenkerMichael Schenker
10 January 1955
Guitarist
Lou BegaLou Bega
13 April 1975
Singer, Composer

C418C418
09 May 1989
Musician

Richard Zven KruspeRichard Zven Kruspe
24 June 1967
 

Nina HagenNina Hagen
11 March 1955
Actor, Singer

Frédéric Prinz von AnhaltFrédéric Prinz von Anhalt
18 June 1943
Musician, Socialite
Dieter BohlenDieter Bohlen
07 February 1954
songwriter, guitarist, autobiographer, singer,

ZaytovenZaytoven
12 January 1980
Record producer

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

Klaus NomiKlaus Nomi
24 January 1944
Vocalizer
Jennifer RushJennifer Rush
28 September 1960
Singer

Rudolf SchenkerRudolf Schenker
31 August 1948
Composer, Entrepreneur, Guitarist, Writer
Armin Mueller-StahlArmin Mueller-Stahl
17 December 1930
Actor

HaddawayHaddaway
09 January 1965
Singer, Musician

Klaus BadeltKlaus Badelt
12 June 1967
Composer, Film score composer
John KayJohn Kay
12 April 1944
Inventor

Horst WesselHorst Wessel
09 October 1907
Composer
Christian LorenzChristian Lorenz
16 November 1966
Musician

Florian SchneiderFlorian Schneider
07 April 1947
Musician

Anne-Sophie MutterAnne-Sophie Mutter
29 June 1963
Violinist, Music educator
Angela GossowAngela Gossow
05 November 1974
Singer, Journalist, Writer, Songwriter

Jacques OffenbachJacques Offenbach
20 June 1819
Composer, Cellist, Conductor, Impresario
Nils FrahmNils Frahm
20 September 1982
Musician, Composer, Pianist

David GarrettDavid Garrett
04 September 1980
Violinist

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

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

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

Uli Jon RothUli Jon Roth
18 December 1954
Guitarist, Composer
Marian GoldMarian Gold
26 May 1954
Singer, Guitarist

Georg Philipp TelemannGeorg Philipp Telemann
14 March 1681
Composer, Musicologist, Musician, Conductor, Music

Paul LandersPaul Landers
09 December 1964
Guitarist, Musician

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

Christoph SchneiderChristoph Schneider
11 May 1966
Drummer, Musician
Yvonne CatterfeldYvonne Catterfeld
02 December 1979
Actor, Voice actor, Singer, Songwriter

Matthias SchweighoferMatthias Schweighofer
11 March 1981
Actor
Oliver RiedelOliver Riedel
11 April 1971
Musician

Houston Stewart ChamberlainHouston Stewart Chamberlain
09 September 1855
Racial theorist, Writer, Politician, Philosopher,
Fanny MendelssohnFanny Mendelssohn
14 November 1805
Composer, Pianist
Matthias JabsMatthias Jabs
25 October 1955
Composer, Entrepreneur, Guitarist, Songwriter