German Female Musicians

Throughout history, there have been many German women musicians who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great German female musicians such as Clara Wieck Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Nico, Elke Sommer, Kim Petras.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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Hildegard of Bingen
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Birthdate: November 30, 1098
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bermersheim vor der Höhe, Germany
Died: September 17, 1179

Hildegard of Bingen was a German writer, composer, Christian mystic, visionary, philosopher, polymath, and Benedictine abbess of the High Middle Ages. Apart from being the most-recorded composers of sacred monophony in modern history, Hildegard of Bingen is also widely regarded as the founder of scientific natural history.

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Nico
(Singer Know for Her Song 'The Velvet Underground's' debut album 'The Velvet Underground & Nico')

Nico
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Birthdate: October 16, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
Died: July 18, 1988

Nico was a German musician, singer, and songwriter. Her work continues to serve as an inspiration to several musicians like Björk, Morrissey, and the English rock band The Cure. In 2017, Susanna Nicchiarelli directed Nico's biographical film titled Nico, 1988. Also an actress, Nico appeared in many films, including Andy Warhol's experimental underground film Chelsea Girls.

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Kim Petras
(Singer-songwriter)

Kim Petras
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Birthdate: August 27, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany

Kim Petras is a German singer-songwriter currently based in USA. She was assigned male at birth and underwent medical gender transition as a teenager. Interested in music from a young age, she began recording music as a teenager. Her debut single topped several viral music charts on Spotify. Since then, she has released many hit albums and singles. 

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Nena
(Singer-songwriter)

Nena
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Birthdate: March 24, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hagen, Germany

German singer/songwriter Gabriele Susanne Kerner, better known as Nena, soared to international fame with the hit 99 Luftballons. Known for her energetic performances, Nena is also a mother of four and has co-founded the Neue Schule Hamburg school, based on the American Sudbury model of education.

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Lena Meyer-Landrut
(Singer-songwriter)

Lena Meyer-Landrut
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Birthdate: May 3, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hanover, Germany

Lena Meyer-Landrut is a German singer-songwriter who rose to fame after participating in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. Her debut album peaked at No.1 in Germany and was accredited Platinum. She has since released many hit albums and singles. Besides singing, she has also served as a coach on five seasons of the reality TV series The Voice Kids.  

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Anne-Sophie Mutter
(Violinist who played with the Berlin Philharmonic at the age of thirteen and who went on to become a decorated violist)

Anne-Sophie Mutter
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Birthdate: June 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rheinfelden, Germany

Anne-Sophie Mutter had started learning the piano at age 5 but later switched to the violin. A prodigy, she first played for the Berlin Philharmonic at 13 and became a Royal Academy of Music fellow at 22. She is known for wearing custom-made designer strapless gowns while playing.

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Clara Wieck Schumann
(Musician & Composer)

Clara Wieck Schumann
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Birthdate: September 13, 1819
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Leipzig
Died: May 20, 1896

Clara Wieck Schumann was a German pianist, teacher, and composer. One of the most famous pianists of the Romantic era, Schumann changed the way concerts were conducted during her time and made a long-lasting impression as a pianist. She also influenced other pianists through her teaching; among her students were famous English pianist, Mathilde Verne.

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Julia Fischer
(Classical Violinist)

Julia Fischer
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Birthdate: June 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Munich, Germany

One of the greatest classical violinists of the 21st century, Julia Fischer is also a skilled pianist. She first gained fame with her performances with conductor Lorin Maazel in New York. The German musician had started learning the violin at age 3 and the piano at age 4.

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Jennifer Rush
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Birthdate: September 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

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Ari Up
(Musician)

Ari Up
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Birthdate: January 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Munich, West Germany [now Germany]
Died: October 20, 2010

Born into a musical family, Ari Up began experimenting with punk music early in her life. At fourteen, she co-founded post-punk band, The Slits, releasing their debut album Cut in 1979 and her first full-length solo album, Dread More Dan Dead, in 2005. Known for her wild hair and odd stage outfits, she died at forty-eight after battling breast cancer.

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Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel
(Musician and Composer)

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel
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Birthdate: November 14, 1805
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hamburg
Died: May 14, 1847

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel was a German pianist and composer of the early Romantic era. Many of her works were published under her younger brother Felix Mendelssohn's name due to the social conventions about the roles of women at that time and the reservations of her family. However, she has been getting the recognition that she deserves since the 1990s.

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Caroline Vreeland
(Singer-songwriter)

Caroline Vreeland
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Birthdate: October 26, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Washington, D.C, United States

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Angela Gossow
(Vocalist)

Angela Gossow
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Birthdate: November 5, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany

German singer Angela Gossow is best known to fans as the lead vocalist of the Swedish death metal band Arch Enemy. She is one of the few female singers who use death grunts as part of their performances. An atheist and a vegan, she is quite vocal about her opinions.

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Meshell Ndegeocello
(Singer-songwriter)

Meshell Ndegeocello
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Birthdate: August 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

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Nina Hagen
(Singer)

Nina Hagen
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Birthdate: March 11, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: East Berlin, Germany

Nina Hagen is a German singer-songwriter and actress. She began her career as an actress and gained fame as a singer during the punk and new wave movements in the 1970s and 1980s. Her parents are also actors and singers. Hagen is a voice-over artist as well. She is involved in human and animal rights activism. 

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Zoe Wees
(Singer-songwriter)

Zoe Wees
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Birthdate: May 13, 2002
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

German singer-songwriter Zoe Wees soared to fame with her debut single, Control, which detailed her struggle with epilepsy. She followed it up with Girls Like Us. Raised by her mother, she first experimented with music as a child and often wrote her songs in English instead of German.

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Sarah Connor
(Singer-songwriter)

Sarah Connor
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Birthdate: June 13, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Delmenhorst, Germany

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Barbara Orbison
(Record producer, Music publisher, Composer)

Barbara Orbison
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Birthdate: January 10, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bielefeld
Died: December 6, 2011

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Christiane F.
(Actress)

Christiane F.
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Birthdate: May 20, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

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Jen Majura
(Guitarist)

Jen Majura
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Birthdate: June 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany

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Doro
(Singer)

Doro
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Birthdate: June 3, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Düsseldorf, Germany

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Alice Sara Ott
(Classical pianist)

Alice Sara Ott
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Birthdate: August 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Munich, Germany

German-Japanese classical pianist Alice Sara Ott began learning the piano at age 5. At 13, she was the youngest finalist of the Hamamatsu International Piano Academy Competition ever. She has also designed bags and app stickers. In 2019, she announced on Instagram that she had been suffering from multiple sclerosis.

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Caterina Valente
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Birthdate: January 14, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France

Caterina Valente is an Italian-French guitarist, multilingual singer, actress, and dancer. Valente, who sings in 11 languages, has worked with artists around the world. She has worked with international stars like Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Rich, and Chet Baker. One of her songs titled Bongo cha cha cha was used in the 2019 American film Spider-Man: Far From Home.

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Mandy Capristo
(Singer-songwriter)

Mandy Capristo
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Birthdate: March 21, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mannheim, Germany

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Micaela Schafer
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Birthdate: November 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Leipzig, East Germany

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Cosima Wagner
(Composer)

Cosima Wagner
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Birthdate: December 24, 1837
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bellagio, Italy
Died: April 1, 1930

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Bibi Bourelly
(Known for having written several Rihanna songs including 'Bitch Better Have My Money' and 'Higher')

Bibi Bourelly
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Birthdate: July 14, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

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Vicky Leandros
(Singer who gained international fame after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1972 and was Greece's Woman of the Year in 2005)

Vicky Leandros
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Birthdate: August 23, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Palaiokastritsa, Greece

One of the best-known pop singers from Germany, Greek-origin Vicky Leandros is the daughter of famous Greek composer and musician Leo Leandros. She soared to international fame representing Luxembourg in Eurovision and later won countless awards, such as the Goldene Europa. She has also released hit tracks in Japanese.

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Jannine Weigel
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Birthdate: July 30, 2000
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Steinfurt, Germany

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Deva Premal
(Singer known for introducing Sanskrit mantras into the mainstream)

Deva Premal
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Birthdate: April 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nuremberg, Germany

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Nadja Benaissa
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Birthdate: April 26, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany

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Ellen Allien
(Disc jockey)

Ellen Allien
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Birthdate: 1968 AD
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

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Sandy Molling
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Birthdate: April 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wuppertal, West Germany

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Ayo
(Singer-Songwriter)

Ayo
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Birthdate: September 14, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Frechen, Germany

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Anna Magdalena Bach
(Former singer and the second wife of Johann Sebastian Bach)

Anna Magdalena Bach
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Birthdate: September 22, 1701
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zeitz, Germany
Died: February 27, 1760

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Hava
(Rapper)

Hava
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Birthdate: August 12, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hamm, Germany

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Olga Scheps
(Pianist)

Olga Scheps
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Birthdate: January 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

The daughter of pianist parents, Olga Scheps discovered her love for piano at age 4. Born in Moscow, she later moved to Germany with her parents, where she began participating in musical events at age 12. She is best known for her interpretations of Classical and Romantic musicians.

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Anita Lasker-Wallfisch
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Birthdate: July 17, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland

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Nina
(Singer)

Nina
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Birthdate: September 29, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

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Lian Ross
(Singer)

Lian Ross
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Birthdate: December 8, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

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Mona Asuka Ott
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Birthdate: January 1, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Munich, Germany

German-Japanese pianist Mona Asuka Ott is also known as the sister of classical pianist Alice Sara Ott. She began participating in piano events at age 4, and by 11, she was already performing as a duettist with Marcello Viotti on TV. She has conducted for Munich Symphony Orchestra and others.

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Eugenie Schumann
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Birthdate: December 1, 1851
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Düsseldorf, Germany
Died: September 25, 1938

Born to pianist parents Robert and Clara Schumann, Eugenie Schumann grew up to be not just a fine pianist but also an author, who had penned her memoir, The Schumanns and Johannes Brahms. It is believed, she was in a long-term lesbian relationship with Austrian singer Marie Fillunger.

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Oonagh
(Singer)

Oonagh
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Birthdate: April 16, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wolfsburg, West Germany

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Lale Andersen
(Singer-songwriter, Actress)

Lale Andersen
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Birthdate: March 23, 1905
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bremerhaven, Germany
Died: August 29, 1972

Wilhelmine of Prussia, Margravine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth
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Birthdate: July 3, 1709
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: October 14, 1758

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Monika Kruse
(Disc jockey)

Monika Kruse
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Birthdate: July 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

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Bettina von Arnim
(Former Writer most famously wrote the 1835 work, Goethes Briefwechsel mit einem Kinde (Goethe's correspondence with a child))

Bettina von Arnim
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Birthdate: April 4, 1785
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: January 20, 1859

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Isabelle Faust
(Violinist)

Isabelle Faust
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Birthdate: March 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Esslingen, Germany

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Lea
(Singer-songwriter)

Lea
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Birthdate: July 9, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kassel, Hesse, Germany

Annette von Droste-Hülshoff
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Birthdate: January 10, 1797
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Havixbeck, Germany
Died: May 24, 1848