Famous Swiss Musicians

Find out more about the greatest Swiss Musicians, including H. R. Giger, Yehudi Menuhin, Teddy Stauffer, Urs Bühler and DJ BoBo.

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 1 Mabel

Mabel
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 20, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Málaga, Spain

Born to a music producer father, Cameron McVey, and a singer mother, Neneh Cherry, Mabel McVey was destined to make a career in music. The English singer-songwriter debuted on SoundCloud with her track Know Me Better. It is believed she had initially used music as a therapy for her anxiety.

 2 H. R. Giger

H. R. Giger
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: February 5, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chur
Died: May 12, 2014

H. R. Giger was a Swiss artist remembered for his airbrushed images of machines and humans intertwined in cold biomechanical relationships. He is also remembered for his work as part of the special effects team that worked in Ridley Scott's 1979 science fiction horror film Alien, for which the team won an Academy Award

 3 Yehudi Menuhin

Yehudi Menuhin
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Famous As: Volinist
Birthdate: April 22, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: March 12, 1999

Grammy Award-winning legendary 20th-century violinist Yehudi Menuhin was born to Lithuanian Jews in the US. Starting his training in the violin at age 4, he later studied music in Paris. He also experimented with fusion, collaborating with jazz and Indian classical musicians. He later launched the Yehudi Menuhin School.

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 4 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.

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 5 Alfred Cortot

Alfred Cortot
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: September 26, 1877
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nyon, Switzerland
Died: June 15, 1962

French pianist Alfred Cortot is remembered for his renditions of popular Romantic composers, such as Chopin and Schumann. The Paris Conservatory alumnus later established the Paris Orchestre Philharmonique and the École Normale de Musique. He also formed a trio with cellist Pablo Casals and violinist Jacques Thibaud.

 6 Nora En Pure

Nora En Pure
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Famous As: DJ
Birthdate: July 20, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

South African-born Daniela Di Lillo, or Nora En Pure, grew up in Switzerland, where she was introduced to music as a child. Now a world-renowned sensation in electronic music, she is known as the Queen of Deep House. The International Dance Music Award winner was previously also part of the Helvetic Nerds.

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 7 Urs Bühler

Urs Bühler
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 19, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Willisau, Switzerland

Swiss tenor Urs Bühler has made waves as part of the classical crossover male quartet Il Divo. While he began training in music at age 5 and mastered a number of instruments, he was more interested in rock and heavy metal as a teenager. Surprisingly, one of his hobbies is restoring motorbikes.

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 8 Simonetta Sommaruga

Simonetta Sommaruga
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zug, Switzerland

While Simonetta Sommaruga has been the president of Switzerland, she is also a talented pianist, trained at the Lucerne School of Music. She later dropped out of a university English course. She has also been the director of the Consumer Protection Foundation and part of committees on energy and the environment.

 9 Patrick Moraz

Patrick Moraz
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Famous As: Jazz musician, Pianist
Birthdate: June 24, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Morges

Born mid-flight, Patrick Moraz was the son of a Polish pianist and mastered several instruments as a child. An accident in which he broke his fingers made him practice with his left hand and turned him ambidextrous. The legendary keyboardist is known for his stints with the bands Yes and The Moody Blues.

 10 DJ BoBo

DJ BoBo
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: January 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kölliken, Switzerland

Peter René Baumann, better known as DJ BoBo, is a Swiss dance music sensation who has soared to fame with tracks such as Somebody Dance with Me. While he initially wished to work in the bakery industry, his love for dance made him change his career option.

 11 Dieter Meier

Dieter Meier
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Famous As: Musician, Artist, Singer, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: March 4, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zürich

Known for his deep voice and his signature moustache, Swiss musician and conceptual artist Dieter Meier co-founded the electronic music band Yello. The son of an affluent banker, he dropped out of a law course and pursued music and art. He is also on the board of a music technology business.

 12 Adolf Busch

Adolf Busch
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Famous As: Violinist
Birthdate: August 8, 1891
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Siegen, Germany
Died: June 9, 1952

German violinist Adolf Busch founded groups such as the Vienna Konzertverein Quartet and the Busch Quartet. Though not Jewish, he fled to Switzerland, then England, and eventually to the US, after Hitler’s rise, as he strongly opposed Nazism. He later established a chamber orchestra and co-founded the Lucerne and Marlboro music festivals

 13 Thomas Gabriel Fischer

Thomas Gabriel Fischer
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland

Known as a pioneer of death metal, Swiss metal musician Thomas Gabriel Fischer, also known as Satanic Slaughter, soared to fame with groups such as Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, and Triptykon. One of Guitar World’s 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time, Fischer has also penned a book.

 14 Anna Murphy

Anna Murphy
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Famous As: Musician and audio engineer
Birthdate: August 10, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lucerne, Switzerland

While she gained recognition with the folk metal band Eluveitie, which she joined at age 16, Swiss musician Anna Murphy later also led the 3-member folk rock band Cellar Darling. Born to opera singer parents, she was never a stranger to music. Proficient in hurdy-gurdy, she also plays the flute at times.

 15 Udo Jürgens

Udo Jürgens
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: September 30, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Klagenfurt, Austria
Died: December 21, 2014

Udo Jürgens first gained international acclaim after winning the 1966 Eurovision contest. While the Austrian singer began his career playing at clubs and on radio, he later revolutionized the German pop scene with songs such as Mit 66 Jahren. Buenos Días, Argentina remains one of his best-known songs.

 16 Luca Hanni

Luca Hanni
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: October 8, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland

Swiss pop sensation Luca Hanni created history by becoming the youngest and the first non-German winner of the German talent show Deutschland sucht den Superstar. Though he had mastered the guitar and the piano at an early age, his first job was that of a bricklayer.

 17 Ernest Bloch

Ernest Bloch
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Famous As: One of the Greatest Swiss Composers in History
Birthdate: July 24, 1880
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: July 15, 1959

Born to a Jewish family in Geneva, Ernest Bloch had learned to play the violin by age 9. Best known for works such as Avodath Hakodesh, Bloch composed music that carried a significant neoclassical trend. He also taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and was a skilled photographer, too.

 18 Arthur Honegger

Arthur Honegger
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 10, 1892
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Le Havre, France
Died: November 27, 1955

French-born Swiss composer Arthur Honegger was part of the legendary Les Six and heralded the modern movement in French music. Trained in Zurich and Paris, he later soared to fame with his version of Le Roi David. Antigone and Pacific 231 remain two of his most popular pieces.

 19 Jojo Mayer

Jojo Mayer
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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: January 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zürich

Swiss drummer Jojo Mayer was no stranger to music in his childhood, being the son of bassist Vali Mayer. Introduced to the drums at age 2, he later started experimenting with jazz. His interest in electronic and experimental funk made him launch the New York-based trio Nerve.

 20 Andreas Vollenweider

Andreas Vollenweider
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Famous As: Harpist
Birthdate: October 4, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland

Grammy-winning Swiss harpist Andreas Vollenweider was no stranger to music as a child, being the son of an organist father. He is now regarded as one of the pioneering new-age artists. While he initially mastered instruments such as the guitar and the flute, he switched to the harp much later.

 21 Lys Assia

Lys Assia
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 3, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rupperswil, Switzerland
Died: March 24, 2018

Lys Assia created history by becoming the first winner of the Eurovision Song Contest. The Swiss-born singer was initially a dancer but had her first brush with music when she filled in for an absentee singer. She later released hits such as Moulin Rouge and O Mein Papa.

 22 Ladyva

Ladyva
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: December 8, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ipsach, Switzerland

Ladyva began learning the piano at 14 and is now one of the greatest boogie woogie musicians of all time. In April 2020, the Swiss artist performed a piano piece, Quarantine Boogie, from her home, owing to the COVID-19 lockdown. The piece got her 100,000 YouTube hits in less then 5 days.

 23 Adrian von Ziegler

Adrian von Ziegler
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: December 25, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland

Swiss instrumentalist and composer Adrian von Ziegler, known for his signature long mane, first gained international attention on YouTube, where he has over a million subscribers. A self-proclaimed lover of Celtic and fantasy music, he also often experiments with metal and Oriental music. He was initially known by his pseudonym Indigo.

 24 James Thiérrée

James Thiérrée
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Famous As: Circus performer
Birthdate: May 2, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland

Born to circus-owner parents, James Thiérrée began performing on stage at age 4. He later stepped into theater and films and gained international fame with his César Award-winning portrayal of George Foottit in the film Chocolat. He is also the grandson of legendary comedian and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin.

 25 Oz

Oz
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Famous As: Record Producer, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 11, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland

Grammy-nominated Swiss musician Oz had initially taken up music as a hobby. He is now best known for his chartbusting collaborations with artists such as Drake and Travis Scott. With tracks such as Sicko Mode and Highest in the Room, he already has multiple Billboard Hot 100 chart toppers.

 26 Teddy Stauffer

Teddy Stauffer
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 2, 1909
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Murten, Switzerland
Died: August 27, 1991

Dubbed Mr. Acapulco, Teddy Stauffer was a Swiss musician who revolutionized Acapulco’s nightclub industry. The owner of a number of posh eateries and nightclubs, he also led the Acapulco Film Festival. Once part of the band The Teddies, he was also one of the 6 husbands of actor Hedy Lamarr.

 27 Chrigel Glanzmann

Chrigel Glanzmann
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Famous As: Lead vocalist in the folk metal band Eluveitie
Birthdate: May 26, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland

Best known as the lead vocalist of the Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie, Christian Oliver Glanzmann, or Chrigel Glanzmann, is also skilled in playing a number of instruments, such as the bagpipes, the mandola, the bodhrán, and the tin whistle. Glanzmann had first formed his band as a studio project.

 28 Martin Eric Ain

Martin Eric Ain
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Famous As: Best known for being the former bassist
Birthdate: July 18, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: United States
Died: October 21, 2017

Martin Stricker, better known as Martin Eric Ain, gained international fame as the bassist for the Swiss extreme metal band Celtic Frost. The US-born musician later co-owned a music club and launched a DVD shop, too. He died of a heart attack at age 50.

 29 Thomas Winkler

Thomas Winkler
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 20, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zollikofen, Bern, Switzerland

While he initially studied law, Swiss singer Thomas Winkler later found his calling in heavy metal and gained fame as part of the British power metal band Gloryhammer. In late 2021, a Facebook post on the band’s page announced that Winkler had left the band.

 30 Beatrice Egli

Beatrice Egli
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Famous As: Singer, Musician
Birthdate: June 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pfäffikon, Switzerland

The winner of the German talent show Deutschland Sucht den Superstar in 2013, Swiss pop and Schlager artist Beatrice Egli had started singing at age 14. She had initially gained fame with her 2011 album Feuer und Flamme. Her Swiss chart-topping album Glücksgefühle also reached the second spot in Germany and Austria.

 31 Panos Mouzourakis

Panos Mouzourakis
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 24, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland

Swiss-born Greek singer-actor Panos Mouzourakis is best known for his roles in the Greek series S1ngles and 4. He had first gained attention with the play Acharnis, which toured around the globe. He has also lent his voice to the Greek version of the hit Disney animated film Frozen.

 32 Sophie Hunger

Sophie Hunger
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, film composer
Birthdate: March 31, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland

Swiss folk-pop-blues singer Sophie Hunger learned playing the piano as a child and was later introduced to jazz by her music-loving diplomat father. Known for albums such as Halluzinationen and Molecules, she has also won a Swiss Film Award for the soundtrack of the Oscar-nominated film My Life as a Courgette.

 33 Steve Lee

Steve Lee
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 5, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland
Died: October 5, 2010

Best known as part of the Swiss rock band Gotthard, Steve Lee was mostly a vocalist but was also skilled in the drums and the harmonica. He co-founded the band Krak, which eventually became Gotthard. He was killed in a freak motorcycle accident while on a biking trip in Nevada with his friends.

 34 Christian Marclay

Christian Marclay
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Famous As: Visual Artist
Birthdate: January 10, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Rafael, California, United States

American-Swiss artist Christian Marclay has revolutionized art by inventing turntablism, a method of manipulating sounds. He is also known for his unusual art installations, such as the video The Clock, a compilation of film scenes featuring clocks, which eventually won him the Golden Lion at the 2011 Venice Biennale.

 35 DJ Antoine

DJ Antoine
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Famous As: Disc jockey, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: June 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sissach

Born Antoine Conrad, DJ Antoine has added his own flavor to house music. The Swiss DJ’s 2000 mix album Houseworks 01 made it to the Swiss charts, while Mainstation was a top-10 hit. He is now best known for his global hit Welcome to St. Tropez and his collaboration with Akon, Holiday.

 36 Stefanie Heinzmann

Stefanie Heinzmann
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 10, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Visp, Switzerland

After winning a talent search content on the show TV Total, Stefanie Heinzmann became a soul-pop sensation with award-winning hits such as My Man Is a Mean Man. She also performed as part of the rock band Bigfisch. Her debut album, Masterplan, topped music charts in Switzerland.

 37 Patrick Juvet

Patrick Juvet
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Famous As: Model, Singer
Birthdate: August 21, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreux, Switzerland
Died: April 1, 2021

Though Patrick Juvet had begun playing the piano at age 7, he also had a successful career as a model in Germany later. The Swiss disco singer is best remembered for his chartbusting track I Love America. Though openly bisexual, he also revealed in his memoir that he preferred men over women.

 38 Ilira

Ilira
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 29, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brienz, Switzerland

Swiss-born Albanian singer Ilira Gashi, better known as Ilira, was placed third, along with her band, on the show Die grosse Entscheidungs Show. She later moved to Berlin to explore her music career and created hits such as Fading. The Europe Music Award-nominated singer has now signed with Virgin and Universal.

 39 Mirwais Ahmadzaï

Mirwais Ahmadzaï
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Famous As: Record producer and Songwriter
Birthdate: October 23, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland

Swiss-born Afghan-Italian electronic music producer Mirwais Ahmadzaï had spent his initial years in Kabul before moving to Paris with his family. He is best known as a frequent collaborator of Madonna. Initially a guitarist with the punk group Taxi Girl, he soared to fame with his work on Madonna’s Grammy-nominated album Music.

 40 Émile Jaques-Dalcroze

Émile Jaques-Dalcroze
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: July 6, 1865
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: July 1, 1950

Remembered for pioneering the eurythmics approach of learning music, Swiss composer Émile Jaques-Dalcroze was a major figure of the modernist movement in music. Starting his career as a professor at the Geneva Conservatory, he later launched his own music school, which was later shut down by the Nazis.

 41 Bernarda Brunović

Bernarda Brunović
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 11, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dietikon, Switzerland

Swiss-Croatian singer Bernarda Brunović, also known as Bernarda Bruno, first gained fame as the runner-up on Die grosse Entscheidungs Show. She later also made it to the semi-finals of season 8 of The Voice of Germany. Known for her tracks such as Colors and Here for Love, she is signed with Scardona.

 42 Frank Martin

Frank Martin
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Famous As: Former composer of Petite symphonie concertante
Birthdate: September 15, 1890
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: November 21, 1974

One of the greatest 20th-century Swiss composers, Frank Martin had mastered the piano even before joining school. While he was initially pushed to study math and physics, he later completely focused on music. Though mostly inspired by Christianity, he also created music for many plays and operas.

 43 Kurt Maloo

Kurt Maloo
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland

Kurt Maloo initially attended business school but later focused on a career in conceptual art and painting. Born into a musical family, he performed with many local bands, too. He later soared to fame as part of the duo Double and with chartbusting hits such as The Captain of Her Heart.

 44 Mandy Meyer

Mandy Meyer
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Famous As: Guitarist best known for being a member of the hard rock band Gotthard, the progressive rock band Asia, and the heavy metal band Krokus
Birthdate: August 29, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Balcarres, Canada

Born to a Swiss dairy farmer in Canada, Mandy Meyer moved to Switzerland with his father after his parents’ divorce and soon explored music. Initially interested in the drums, he took to the guitar at 12. After performing as part of Krokus, he later joined the Swiss rock band Gotthard.

 45 Joachim Raff

Joachim Raff
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: May 27, 1822
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lachen, Switzerland
Died: June 24, 1882

Joachim Raff was a German-Swiss pianist, pedagogue, and composer. He is best remembered for his work at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt where he served as the institute's first director. He contributed immensely to the success of the conservatory and employed a number of renowned musicians as teachers, including Clara Schumann.

 46 Alain Souchon

Alain Souchon
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 27, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Casablanca, Morocco

Widely known as the man who popularized French pop music, Alain Souchon explored both personal and political themes with his music. The 7-time Victoires de la musique award winner soared to fame with the phenomenal 1993 hit Foule sentimentale. He has also appeared in a few films.

 47 Sigismond Thalberg

Sigismond Thalberg
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: January 8, 1812
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: April 27, 1871

Swiss pianist Sigismond Thalberg started performing at age 14 and soon became a court pianist in Vienna. Known for his signature melody that he played in the middle of the keyboard, he later toured to places such as Paris, London, and Brazil, mesmerizing audiences with his tunes.

 48 Adriana Kaegi

Adriana Kaegi
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Famous As: Actress, Musician
Birthdate: March 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Switzerland

Initially part of the band Kid Creole and the Coconuts, which she co-established with August Darnell, aka Kid Creole, and Coati Mundi, Adriana Kaegi later became a web content producer, creating an award-winning live webcast series. She has also appeared in the movie Against All Odds.

 49 Heinz Holliger

Heinz Holliger
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 21, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Langenthal, Switzerland

One of the greatest virtuoso oboists of all time, Heinz Holliger had already started playing the recorder and the piano by age 6 and focused on the oboe at age 11. He later applied new techniques to the oboe, such as harmonics and multiphonics. He has also composed works such as the opera Schneewittchen.

 50 Carlos Perón

Carlos Perón
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Famous As: Founding member of the band Yello
Birthdate: June 9, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland

Swiss musician Carlos Perón started his career with the New Wave band Urland, as a keyboardist. He later co-founded the electronic band Yello and also contributed to soundtracks of movies such as Die schwarze Spinne. He has also worked on commercials and soundtracks for theater.