Famous Italian Composers

Find out more about the greatest Italian Composers, including Ennio Morricone, Antonio Vivaldi, Ludovico Einaudi, Giuseppe Verdi and Giorgio Moroder.

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 1 Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: November 10, 1928
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian

Regarded as one of the world’s greatest film composers, Ennio Morricone was an Italian composer, orchestrator and conductor who scored music for over 500 films in his career spanning seven decades. Morricone covered a wide range of music styles and is best known for scores in the Dollar Trilogy and Once Upon a Time in the West.

 2 Giuseppe Garibaldi

Giuseppe Garibaldi
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Famous As: Italian Nationalist
Birthdate: July 4, 1807
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Italian
Died: June 2, 1882

Italian general, patriot, and republican Giuseppe Garibaldi is remembered for the role he played in the Italian unification and the creation of the Kingdom of Italy. He is considered one of Italy's "fathers of the fatherland." A highly proficient military general, he also led the Expedition of the Thousand on behalf of Victor Emmanuel II. He died in 1882.

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 3 Sergio Leone

Sergio Leone
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Actor, Composer
Birthdate: January 3, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Italian
Died: April 30, 1989

 4 Giuseppe Verdi

Giuseppe Verdi
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: October 10, 1813
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Italian
Died: January 27, 1901

Legendary Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi is best remembered for his masterpieces such as Requiem, Rigoletto, Falstaff, and Otello. He was also briefly associated with the Risorgimento movement meant to unify Italy and thus composed many choruses reflecting the spirit. He was inspired by composers such as Bellini and Donizetti.

 5 Antonio Salieri

Antonio Salieri
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Famous As: Composer, Conductor, Educationist, Musicologist, Music educator
Birthdate: August 18, 1750
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian
Died: May 7, 1825

 6 Ludovico Einaudi

Ludovico Einaudi
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Famous As: Pianist, Composer
Birthdate: November 23, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Italian

Ludovico Einaudi is an Italian composer and pianist. Although he started his career as a classical musician, Einaudi began incorporating other genres like rock, folk, and pop later in his career. Apart from composing studio and live albums, Ludovico Einaudi also composes the scores for films and TV series. His work in the filn Acquario earned him the prestigious Grolla d'oro award.

 7 Niccolo Paganini

Niccolo Paganini
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Famous As: Violinist
Birthdate: October 27, 1782
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian
Died: May 27, 1840
Italian multi-instrumentalist and composer Niccolò Paganini established himself as one of the key figures of modern violin technique. Son of a trader-turned-street musician, he started his stint with music by learning to play the mandolin. Some of his most celebrated compositions were the 24 Caprices for Solo Violin Op. 1.
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 8 Roberto Benigni

Roberto Benigni
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Famous As: Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Comedian, Singer, Street artist, Composer, Songwriter, Film actor
Birthdate: October 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian

 9 Dario Argento

Dario Argento
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Famous As: Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter, Composer
Birthdate: September 7, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Italian

 10 Gioachino Rossini

Gioachino Rossini
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 1, 1792
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Italian
Died: November 13, 1868

Gioachino Rossini was an Italian composer best remembered for composing 39 operas before retiring at the peak of his popularity when he was still in his 30s. Such is his influence on modern-day virtuosi that many of them have created piano fantasies or transcriptions based on Gioachino Rossini's melodies.  

 11 Robert Miles

Robert Miles
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Famous As: Producer
Birthdate: November 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Swiss, Italian
Died: May 9, 2017

 12 Adriano Celentano

Adriano Celentano
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Actor, Comedian, Film director, Screenwriter, Television presenter, Composer, Guitarist, Film editor, Singer, Film score composer
Birthdate: January 6, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Italian

 13 Claudio Monteverdi

Claudio Monteverdi
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: May 15, 1567
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian
Died: November 29, 1643

Claudio Monteverdi was an Italian string player, composer, choirmaster, and priest. His pioneering work in the development of opera and his letters, which gives an insight into the life of Italian musicians from the era, makes him a significant historical figure. He is also considered an important transitional figure between the two important periods of music history, Renaissance and Baroque. 

 14 Laura Pausini

Laura Pausini
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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Record producer
Birthdate: May 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian

 15 Eros Ramazzotti

Eros Ramazzotti
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer
Birthdate: October 28, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian

 16 Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: February 3, 1525
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Italian
Died: February 2, 1594

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina was an Italian composer who had a long-lasting influence on the evolution of secular music in Europe. He is also credited with the development of counterpoint. His life and career inspired a 2009 Italian/German music film titled Palestrina - Prince of Music.

 17 Domenico Scarlatti

Domenico Scarlatti
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Famous As: Musical Composer
Birthdate: October 26, 1685
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian
Died: July 23, 1757

 18 Alfredo Ferrari

Alfredo Ferrari
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: January 19, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Italian
Died: June 30, 1956

 19 Nino Rota

Nino Rota
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Famous As: Composer, Conductor, Teacher, Pianist, Actor, Screenwriter, Film score composer
Birthdate: December 3, 1911
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Italian
Died: April 10, 1979

 20 Benny Benassi

Benny Benassi
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Famous As: Club DJ, Disc jockey, Musician, Composer, Singer, Record producer
Birthdate: July 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Italian

 21 Vincenzo Bellini

Vincenzo Bellini
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Famous As: Opera Composer
Birthdate: November 3, 1801
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian
Died: September 23, 1835

 22 Carlo Gesualdo

Carlo Gesualdo
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 8, 1566
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Italian
Died: September 8, 1613

 23 Gaetano Donizetti

Gaetano Donizetti
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: November 29, 1797
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Italian
Died: April 8, 1848

 24 Arcangelo Corelli

Arcangelo Corelli
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: February 17, 1653
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Italian
Died: January 8, 1713

 25 Filippo Tommaso Marinetti

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti
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Famous As: Poet, Writer, Playwright, Composer, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: December 22, 1876
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Italian
Died: December 2, 1944

 26 Luigi Boccherini

Luigi Boccherini
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Famous As: Composer, Cellist
Birthdate: February 19, 1743
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Italian
Died: May 28, 1805

 27 Tomaso Albinoni

Tomaso Albinoni
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: June 8, 1671
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Italian
Died: January 17, 1751

 28 Ottorino Respighi

Ottorino Respighi
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Famous As: Composer, Conductor, Musicologist, Music educator, University teacher
Birthdate: July 9, 1879
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Italian
Died: April 18, 1936

 29 Muzio Clementi

Muzio Clementi
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Famous As: pianist, conductor, composer, musicologist, music educator
Birthdate: January 23, 1752
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Italian
Died: March 10, 1832

 30 Guido of Arezzo

Guido of Arezzo
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Famous As: Music theorist
Birthdate: 0991 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: 1033 AD

 31 Toto Cutugno

Toto Cutugno
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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Songwriter
Birthdate: July 7, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Italian

 32 Tiziano Ferro

Tiziano Ferro
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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Author, Record producer
Birthdate: February 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Italian

 33 Domenico Modugno

Domenico Modugno
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Famous As: Singer, Actor, Politician, Human rights activist, Screenwriter, Stage actor, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 9, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Italian
Died: August 6, 1994

 34 Gian Carlo Menotti

Gian Carlo Menotti
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Famous As: Composer and librettist
Birthdate: July 7, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: French, Italian, American
Died: February 1, 2007

 35 Gianna Nannini

Gianna Nannini
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Famous As: singer-songwriter, musician, singer, songwriter, composer
Birthdate: June 14, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Italian

 36 Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
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Famous As: Composer, Organist
Birthdate: January 4, 1710
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Italian
Died: March 16, 1736

 37 Fabrizio De André

Fabrizio De André
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer
Birthdate: February 18, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Italian
Died: January 11, 1999

 38 Dario Marianelli

Dario Marianelli
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Famous As: Composer, Film score composer
Birthdate: June 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Italian

 39 Lucio Dalla

Lucio Dalla
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician, Composer, Pianist, Film score composer
Birthdate: March 4, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Italian
Died: March 1, 2012

 40 Alessandro Scarlatti

Alessandro Scarlatti
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Famous As: Composer, Musician
Birthdate: May 2, 1660
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian
Died: October 22, 1725

 41 Lucio Battisti

Lucio Battisti
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer, Record producer, Music arranger
Birthdate: March 5, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Italian
Died: September 9, 1998

 42 Jovanotti

Jovanotti
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer
Birthdate: September 27, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Italian

 43 Giuseppe Tartini

Giuseppe Tartini
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: April 8, 1692
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Italian
Died: February 26, 1770

 44 Luciano Berio

Luciano Berio
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Famous As: Italian composer
Birthdate: October 24, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian
Died: May 27, 2003

 45 Salvatore Adamo

Salvatore Adamo
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer
Birthdate: November 1, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Belgian, Italian

 46 Giovanni Gabrieli

Giovanni Gabrieli
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Famous As: Italian composer
Birthdate: 1557 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: August 12, 1612

 47 Pietro Mascagni

Pietro Mascagni
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Famous As: Italian composer
Birthdate: December 7, 1863
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Italian
Died: August 2, 1945

 48 Giacomo Balla

Giacomo Balla
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Famous As: Painter, Sculptor, Composer
Birthdate: July 18, 1871
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Italian
Died: March 1, 1958

 49 Nek

Nek
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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Italian

 50 Maurizio Pollini

Maurizio Pollini
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Famous As: Pianist, Conductor, Composer, Musician
Birthdate: January 5, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Italian