Famous Italian Composers

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

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

Vote for Your Favourite Italian Composers

 1 Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone
4
Famous As: Composer, Conductor, orchestrator
Birthdate: November 10, 1928
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: July 6, 2020

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 Antonio Lucio Vivaldi

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
4
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 4, 1678
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: July 28, 1741

Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, and teacher, Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, is regarded as one of the greatest Baroque composers. He was extremely popular during his lifetime and composed many instrumental concertos and operas. He was also a Roman Catholic priest and worked at a home for abandoned children. Even though he died in 1741, his music continues to be popular.

 3 Giuseppe Verdi

Giuseppe Verdi
4
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: April 10, 1813
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Le Roncole, Italy
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.

Recommended Lists:

 4 Giacomo Puccini

Giacomo Puccini
4
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: December 22, 1858
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lucca, Italy
Died: November 29, 1924

Born into a musical dynasty, composer Giacomo Puccini lost his father at age 5. Some of his best opera pieces include Madama Butterfly and La Bohème. The suicide of his maid, who was wrongly accused by his wife of being in an affair with him, affected his later career adversely.

 5 Gioachino Rossini

Gioachino Rossini
4
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: February 29, 1792
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pesaro, Italy
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.  

 6 Claudio Monteverdi

Claudio Monteverdi
3
Famous As: Composer, String player & choirmaster
Birthdate: May 9, 1567
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cremona, Italy
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. 

 7 Niccolo Paganini

Niccolo Paganini
4
Famous As: Violinist, Composer
Birthdate: October 27, 1782
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Genoa
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.
You May Like

 8 Ludovico Einaudi

Ludovico Einaudi
4
Famous As: Pianist, Composer
Birthdate: November 23, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Turin, Italy

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.

 9 Antonio Salieri

Antonio Salieri
4
Famous As: Composer, Conductor, Educationist, Musicologist, Music educator
Birthdate: August 18, 1750
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Legnago
Died: May 7, 1825

Antonio Salieri was an Italian classical composer, conductor, and teacher considered a key figure in the development of late 18th-century opera. He was a protégé of eminent composer Christoph Willibald Gluck. For several years, he served as the director of the Italian opera by the Habsburg court. His works were performed widely across Europe during his lifetime. 

 10 Roberto Benigni

Roberto Benigni
4
Famous As: Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Comedian, Singer, Street artist, Composer, Songwriter, Film actor
Birthdate: October 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manciano

Italian actor, comedian, screenwriter and director Roberto Benigni is noted for his comedic-work, which includes writing, directing and starring in the Italian comedy-drama film Life Is Beautiful, which won him an Academy Award for Best International Feature Film and Best Actor, the first for a non-English speaking male performance. Other notable films of Benigni include The Little Devil and Johnny Stecchino.

 11 Robert Miles

Robert Miles
4
Famous As: Producer
Birthdate: November 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fleurier, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Died: May 9, 2017

Italian DJ Roberto Concina, better known as Robert Miles, redefined dream-house music. Born into a military family in Switzerland, he mastered the piano and started DJ-ing as a teen. His chartbusting track Children was inspired by a set of photos taken by his father in war-torn Yugoslavia.

 12 Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
3
Famous As: Renaissance composer of sacred music
Birthdate: 1525 AD
Birthplace: Palestrina, Italy
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.

 13 Carlo Gesualdo

Carlo Gesualdo
3
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 8, 1566
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Venosa, Italy
Died: September 8, 1613

 14 Eros Ramazzotti

Eros Ramazzotti
3
Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer
Birthdate: October 28, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cinecittà

Eros Ramazzotti ruled the Italian and Spanish pop-rock scene in the 1980s. He soared to international fame with Tutte storie and earned collaborations with artists such as Ricky Martin and Tina Turner. He once revealed the only support he got from his family was a guitar his father bought him.

 15 Dario Argento

Dario Argento
4
Famous As: Filmmaker of the horror subgenre known as giallo who directed 1977's influential horror film Suspiria
Birthdate: September 7, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

The Master of Horror, Dario Argento was born to Italian producer Salvatore Argento and was no stranger to films in his childhood. Initially a newspaper columnist, he later stepped into screenwriting. He later directed iconic films such as The Cat o' Nine Tails and contributed to the script of Dawn of the Dead.

 16 Domenico Scarlatti

Domenico Scarlatti
3
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: October 26, 1685
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: July 23, 1757

Italian Baroque composer Domenico Scarlatti was no stranger to music, being the son of famous composer Alessandro Scarlatti. From being the official composer for the queen of Poland, to teaching music to the princess of Spain and creating 555 keyboard sonatas, the legendary harpsichordist had an illustrious life.

 17 Alfredo Ferrari

Alfredo Ferrari
3
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: January 19, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Modena
Died: June 30, 1956

 18 Nino Rota

Nino Rota
3
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: December 3, 1911
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: April 10, 1979

 19 Miguel Bosé

Miguel Bosé
3
Famous As: Musician, Actor
Birthdate: April 3, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

Miguel Bosé is a Spanish pop new wave musician and actor who has been active in the entertainment industry for five decades. He studied acting, dancing, and singing and began his career as an actor. He eventually forayed into music as well. He is openly gay and is in a long-term relationship with sculptor Ignacio Palau. 

 20 Vincenzo Bellini

Vincenzo Bellini
3
Famous As: Opera Composer
Birthdate: November 3, 1801
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Catania, Italy
Died: September 23, 1835

Italian opera composer Vincenzo Bellini was encouraged to study music by his organist father. Best known for his operas such as The Sleepwalker and Norma, Bellini was named the Swan of Catania. His letters to his friend Francesco Florimo reveal Bellini was known for his womanizing ways, too.

 21 Arturo Toscanini

Arturo Toscanini
3
Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: March 25, 1867
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Parma, Italy
Died: January 16, 1957

 22 Gaetano Donizetti

Gaetano Donizetti
3
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: November 29, 1797
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bergamo
Died: April 8, 1848
Nineteenth-century Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti is best remembered for his mastery of the bel canto opera style. While his father wanted him to become a church composer, Donizetti was more interested in theater. He spent his final years in a mental asylum and later died of syphilis.

 23 Benny Benassi

Benny Benassi
3
Famous As: Club DJ, Disc jockey, Musician, Composer, Singer, Record producer
Birthdate: July 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Milan

 24 Arcangelo Corelli

Arcangelo Corelli
3
Famous As: Composer, Violinist
Birthdate: February 17, 1653
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fusignano, Italy
Died: January 8, 1713

Italian composer and violinist Arcangelo Corelli is regarded as a pioneer of the concerto grosso and the sonata. Named after his father who died 5 months before his birth, Corelli rose to be a major figure of Baroque music and became a favorite of priests and the royalty.

 25 Ottorino Respighi

Ottorino Respighi
3
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: June 9, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: April 18, 1936

 26 Tomaso Albinoni

Tomaso Albinoni
4
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: June 8, 1671
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: January 17, 1751

 27 Luigi Boccherini

Luigi Boccherini
3
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: February 19, 1743
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lucca, Italy
Died: May 28, 1805

Italian-Spanish composer and cellist Luigi Boccherini of Classical era is noted for his influence in developing string quartet as a musical genre. Two of his best-known works include String Quintet in E major, Op. 11, No. 5 (G 275) that became famous for its minuet third movement; and Cello Concerto, No. 9 in B-flat Major, G. 482.

 28 Gian Carlo Menotti

Gian Carlo Menotti
3
Famous As: Composer and librettist
Birthdate: July 7, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cadegliano-Viconago, Italy
Died: February 1, 2007

Gian Carlo Menotti was an Italian-American librettist, playwright, director, and composer. Menotti is best remembered for composing popular operas that enjoyed success on Broadway during the 1950s. For his contribution to arts, Menotti was presented with a Kennedy Center Honor in 1984. In 1997, he was honored by the American Choral Directors Association with the prestigious Brock Commission.

 29 Guido of Arezzo

Guido of Arezzo
3
Famous As: Music theorist
Birthdate: 0991 AD
Birthplace: Arezzo, Italy
Died: 1033 AD

 30 Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
3
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: January 4, 1710
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Iesi, Italy
Died: March 16, 1736

 31 Tiziano Ferro

Tiziano Ferro
3
Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Author, Record producer
Birthdate: February 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Latina

 32 Giuseppe Tartini

Giuseppe Tartini
3
Famous As: Baroque composer and violinist
Birthdate: April 8, 1692
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Piran, Slovenia
Died: February 26, 1770

Italian violinist Giuseppe Tartini initially studied and also established himself as a skilled fencer. Arrested for marrying an acquaintance of the archbishop of Padua, he fled to a monastery in Assisi, where he got addicted to music, later inventing the difference tone and a theory of harmony.

 33 Gianna Nannini

Gianna Nannini
3
Famous As: singer-songwriter, musician, singer, songwriter, composer
Birthdate: June 14, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Siena

 34 Franco Battiato

Franco Battiato
3
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 23, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Giarre-Riposto
Died: May 18, 2021

 35 Giovanni Gabrieli

Giovanni Gabrieli
2
Famous As: Composer, Organist
Birthdate: 1557 AD
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: August 12, 1612

Giovanni Gabrieli was an Italian organist and composer. One of the most popular musicians of his generation, Gabrieli's works were popularized throughout Europe by his association with the prestigious Scuola Grande di San Rocco, where he was appointed as an organist.

 36 Alphonsus Liguori

Alphonsus Liguori
2
Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: September 27, 1696
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Marianella, Naples, Italy
Died: August 1, 1787

Catholic bishop Alphonsus Liguori was the man behind the formation of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, also known as the Redemptorists. He stepped into his spiritual life after an 8-year stint as a lawyer. He is also remembered for his works on moral theology and equiprobabilism.

 37 Alberto Sordi

Alberto Sordi
3
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 15, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: February 24, 2003

Alberto Sordi was an Italian actor, comedian, screenwriter, director, singer, composer, and voice actor. Widely regarded as an icon of Italian cinema, Sordi achieved greatness in a career that spanned 70 years! Over the course of his illustrious career, Alberto Sordi won several prestigious awards, including seven David di Donatello and a Golden Lion for lifetime achievement. 

 38 Lucio Dalla

Lucio Dalla
3
Famous As: Actor, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician, Composer, Pianist, Film score composer
Birthdate: March 4, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bologna
Died: March 1, 2012

 39 Dario Marianelli

Dario Marianelli
3
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: May 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pisa, Italy

 40 Luciano Berio

Luciano Berio
3
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: October 24, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oneglia, Imperia, Italy
Died: May 27, 2003

Luciano Berio revolutionized the genre of electronic music and is remembered as one of the most prominent composers of avant-garde music. The Grammy Award-winning composer had also taught music at Juilliard and Harvard. Initially a pianist, he had deviated to composing after injuring his hand during World War II.

 41 Lucio Battisti

Lucio Battisti
3
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 5, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Poggio Bustone, Italy
Died: November 9, 1998

 42 Ferruccio Busoni

Ferruccio Busoni
3
Famous As: Composer, Pianist, Conductor, Musicologist
Birthdate: April 1, 1866
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Empoli, Italy
Died: July 27, 1924

Born to musician parents in Italy, Ferruccio Busoni was a child prodigy, having begun composing at the age of 7. He grew up to be a piano professor in Finland, and his work later took him to Moscow and the U.S. He is remembered for his opera and chamber pieces.

 43 Pietro Mascagni

Pietro Mascagni
2
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: December 7, 1863
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Livorno, Italy
Died: August 2, 1945

 44 Maurizio Pollini

Maurizio Pollini
2
Famous As: Pianist, Conductor, Composer, Musician
Birthdate: January 5, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Milan

 45 Dave Rodgers

Dave Rodgers
2
Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: February 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mantua, Italy

 46 Umberto Tozzi

Umberto Tozzi
2
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 4, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Turin, Italy

 47 Nek

Nek
2
Famous As: Singer, Composer, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sassuolo

 48 Paolo Conte

Paolo Conte
2
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Asti, Italy

Paolo Conte is an Italian singer, composer, pianist, and lawyer. Renowned for his grainy, resonant voice, Conte's compositions are reminiscent of Mediterranean and Italian sounds. Over the years, he has received honorary doctorates from several institutions, such as the University of Macerata. In 1999, Paolo Conte was honored with the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

 49 Ezio Bosso

Ezio Bosso
2
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: September 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Turin, Piedmont ,Italy
Died: May 14, 2020

 50 Alessandro Scarlatti

Alessandro Scarlatti
3
Famous As: Composer, Musician
Birthdate: May 2, 1660
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Palermo
Died: October 22, 1725