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 Luciano Pavarotti

Luciano Pavarotti
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Birthdate: October 12, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Italian
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.

 2 Antonio Lucio Vivaldi

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 4, 1678
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Italian
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 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.

 4 Michele Morrone

Michele Morrone
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 3, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Italian

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.

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 5 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.

 6 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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 7 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
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 8 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
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 9 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.

 10 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.

 11 Dalida

Dalida
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Famous As: Actor, Film actor, Singer, Musician, Model
Birthdate: January 17, 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Egyptian, French, Italian
Died: May 3, 1987

 12 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

 13 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

 14 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.  

 15 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

 16 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. 

 17 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

 18 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

 19 Eros Ramazzotti

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

 20 Fedez

Fedez
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Famous As: Rapper, Record producer
Birthdate: October 15, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Italian

 21 Romano Mussolini

Romano Mussolini
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Famous As: pianist, poet, painter, jazz musician
Birthdate: September 26, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Italian
Died: February 3, 2006

 22 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.

 23 Cristina Scabbia

Cristina Scabbia
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Italian

 24 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

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.

 25 Alfredo Ferrari

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

 26 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

 27 Arturo Toscanini

Arturo Toscanini
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Famous As: Conductor, Music director
Birthdate: March 25, 1867
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Italian
Died: January 16, 1957

 28 Al Bano

Al Bano
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Birthdate: May 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian

 29 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

 30 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

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.

 31 Carlo Gesualdo

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

 32 Zucchero

Zucchero
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Birthdate: September 25, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Italian

 33 Gaetano Donizetti

Gaetano Donizetti
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: November 29, 1797
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Italian
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.

 34 Mina

Mina
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Famous As: singer, actor, jazz musician, television presenter
Birthdate: March 25, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Swiss, Italian

 35 Arcangelo Corelli

Arcangelo Corelli
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: February 17, 1653
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Italian
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.

 36 Timi Yuro

Timi Yuro
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: August 4, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian, American
Died: March 30, 2004

 37 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

 38 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

 39 Vasco Rossi

Vasco Rossi
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Screenwriter
Birthdate: February 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Italian

 40 Riccardo Muti

Riccardo Muti
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Famous As: Conductor, Music director
Birthdate: July 28, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian

 41 Claudio Abbado

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

 42 Tomaso Albinoni

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

 43 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

 44 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

 45 Guido of Arezzo

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

 46 Toto Cutugno

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

 47 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

 48 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

 49 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

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.

 50 Gala

Gala
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 6, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Italian