Classical Music History

Classical: Composers - Orchestras

Historical Events

  • 1888-06-29 First (known) recording of classical music made, Handel's Israel in Egypt on wax cylinder.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1893-02-21 Andres Segovia, Linares Spain, classical guitarist, (d. 1987)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1896-10-28 Howard Hanson, American classical music composer and conductor (Nordic), born in Wahoo, Nebraska (d. 1981)

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • 1911-10-07 Shura Cherkassky, Ukrainian classical pianist (d. 1995)
  • 1927-05-28 Gyorgy Ligeti, Transylvania, Romania, composer of contemporary classical music
  • 1929-06-21 Alexandre Lagoya, Greek-Italian classical guitarist (d. 1999)
  • 1931-10-14 Nikhil Banerjee, Indian classical musician (d. 1986)
  • 1950-01-02 David Shifrin, American classical clarinetist
  • 1952-06-05 Daniel Katzen, American classical musician
  • 1953-07-26 Robert Phillips, classical guitarist
  • 1954-05-28 Youri Egorov, Soviet classical pianist (d. 1988)
  • 1958-07-26 Angela Hewitt, Canadian classical pianist
  • 1977-10-20 Leila Josefowicz, Canadian classical violinist
  • 1980-11-08 Ana Vidovic, classical guitarist
  • 1982-10-07 Li Yundi, Chinese classical pianist
  • 1985-06-30 Rafal Blechacz, Polish classical pianist
  • 1987-07-20 Nicola Benedetti, Scottish classical violinist, born in West Kilbride, North Ayrshire

Famous Deaths


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1981-02-26 Howard Hanson, American classical music composer and conductor (Nordic), dies at 84

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • 1988-04-15 Youri Egorov, Soviet classical pianist (b. 1954)
  • 1989-05-22 Steven DeGroote, South African classical pianist (b. 1953)
  • 1990-10-16 Jorge Bolet, Cuban-American classical pianist (b. 1914)
  • 1997-05-03 Narciso Yepes, Spanish classical guitarist (b. 1927)
  • 1999-08-24 Alexandre Lagoya, Greek-Italian classical guitarist (b. 1929)
  • 2011-11-27 Sultan Khan, Indian classical musician, dies at 71
  • 2011-11-28 Andrew Kazdin, classical record producer, dies at 77
  • 2011-12-31 Omus Hirshbein, classical music impresario and music director, dies at 77