Famous Italian Musicians

Italy has a rich legacy of music that ranges across a broad spectrum of opera and instrumental classical music and spans a diverse array of regional styles, instruments and dances. Composers like Ottorino Respighi, Ferruccio Busoni, Alfredo Casella, and Gian Francesco Malipiero have been instrumental in popularizing Italian music throughout Europe. Italy retained a Romantic operatic musical tradition in the early 20th century though it eventually declined before interest in the genre was revived during the later part of the century by the likes of Aldo Clementi, Marco Tutino and Lorenzo Ferrero. Instrumental music also holds an important position in the nation’s musical legacy with instrumentalists like Andrea Gabrieli, Giovanni Gabrieli, Tomaso Albinoni, Arcangelo Corelli, Antonio Vivaldi, and Luigi Boccherini contributing immensely to the development of this genre. Italian folk music too has a deep and complex history, and the late 20th century saw the rise of social and political popular music led by Gianni Bosio. Modern pop is one of the most popular genres in the contemporary world which was popularized by the singers and musicians like Domenico Modugno, Mina, Patty Pravo, Mia Martini, and Adriano Celentano. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Italian Musicians.

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 1 Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone.
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Famous As: Composer
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.
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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.

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 3 Luciano Pavarotti

Luciano Pavarotti.
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Birthdate: October 12, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Modena
Died: September 6, 2007

Luciano Pavarotti was an operatic tenor who went on to become one of the most loved and acclaimed tenors of all time. Nicknamed the King of the High Cs, Pavarotti is regarded as one of the best tenors of the 20th century. Also a well-known humanitarian, Luciano Pavarotti hosted annual charity concerts to raise money for various UN causes.

 4 Giuseppe Verdi

Giuseppe Verdi.
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: October 10, 1813
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Le Roncole
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.

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 5 Niccolo Paganini

Niccolo Paganini.
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Famous As: Violinist
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.

 6 Gioachino Rossini

Gioachino Rossini.
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 1, 1792
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pesaro
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.  

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 7 Claudio Monteverdi

Claudio Monteverdi.
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: May 15, 1567
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cremona
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. 

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 8 Antonio Salieri

Antonio Salieri
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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. 

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 9 Ludovico Einaudi

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

 10 Giorgio Moroder

Giorgio Moroder.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 26, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Urtijëi, South Tyrol

Italian composer and record producer Giovanni Moroder, also known as the Father of Disco, produced Take My Breath Away, the Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning track by Berlin, which was part of the Top Gun soundtrack. His scores for Flashdance and Midnight Express, too, won Academy Awards.

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 11 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
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.

 12 Michele Morrone

Michele Morrone.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 3, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Melegnano, Italy

Rising to international fame following the success of his 2020 erotic romantic drama 365 Days, Italian actor and model, Michele Morrone, is a man who oozes sex appeal and charisma. Also a professional guitarist and singer, he has a channel on YouTube that has accumulated over one million subscribers. He runs a clothing line as well.

 13 Dario Argento

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

 14 Mahmood

Mahmood
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

 15 Robert Miles

Robert Miles
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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.

 16 Arturo Toscanini

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

 17 Adriano Celentano

Adriano Celentano
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 6, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Greco, Milan, Italy

 18 Claudio Abbado

Claudio Abbado
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Famous As: Conductor, Politician, Pianist, Music director
Birthdate: June 26, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Milan
Died: January 20, 2014

 19 Laura Pausini

Laura Pausini
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Faenza, Italy

 20 Riccardo Muti

Riccardo Muti
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: July 28, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Naples, Italy

 21 Fedez

Fedez
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Famous As: Rapper, Record producer
Birthdate: October 15, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Milan

 22 Eros Ramazzotti

Eros Ramazzotti
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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.

 23 Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: February 3, 1525
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Palestrina
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.

 24 Sabrina Salerno

Sabrina Salerno
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 15, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy

 25 Cristina Scabbia

Cristina Scabbia
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

 26 Carlo Gesualdo

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

 27 Domenico Scarlatti

Domenico Scarlatti.
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Famous As: Musical Composer
Birthdate: October 26, 1685
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Naples
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.

 28 Miguel Bosé

Miguel Bosé
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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. 

 29 Maurizio Pollini

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

 30 Carlo Ponti

Carlo Ponti
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: December 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland

 31 Romano Mussolini

Romano Mussolini
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Famous As: Jazz Pianist
Birthdate: September 26, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Forli, Italy
Died: February 3, 2006

Italian jazz-pianist, painter and film producer Romano Mussolini, youngest son of fascist dictator of Italy Benito Mussolini, developed interest in music during childhood. He played jazz under the assumed name Romano Full following the Second World War and formed a leading Italian jazz band, Romano Mussolini All Stars, which spawned albums like Jazz Allo Studio 7 and At the Santa Tecla.

 32 Madame

Madame
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: January 16, 2002
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Creazzo, Italy

 33 Alfredo Ferrari

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

 34 Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: January 5, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brescia
Died: June 12, 1995

 35 Vincenzo Bellini

Vincenzo Bellini.
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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.

 36 Nino Rota

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

 37 Albano Carrisi

Albano Carrisi
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cellino San Marco, Italy

 38 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
Birthplace: Milan

 39 Gaetano Donizetti

Gaetano Donizetti.
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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.

 40 Arcangelo Corelli

Arcangelo Corelli.
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: February 17, 1653
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fusignano
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.

 41 Zucchero

Zucchero
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 25, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Roncocesi, Italy

 42 Riccardo Chailly

Riccardo Chailly
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: February 20, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

 43 Timi Yuro

Timi Yuro
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: August 4, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: March 30, 2004

 44 Luigi Boccherini

Luigi Boccherini
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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.

 45 Vasco Rossi

Vasco Rossi
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zocca, Italy

 46 Tomaso Albinoni

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

 47 Carlo Maria Giulini

Carlo Maria Giulini
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: May 9, 1914
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Barletta, Italy
Died: June 14, 2005

 48 Guido of Arezzo

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

 49 Toto Cutugno

Toto Cutugno
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 7, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fosdinovo, Italy

 50 Gian Carlo Menotti

Gian Carlo Menotti.
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Famous As: Composer and librettist
Birthdate: July 7, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cadegliano-Viconago
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.