Classical Music History

Events in Music

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

Music concertMusic Concert

1990-07-07 First Three Tenors concert featuring Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti at Baths of Caracalla in Rome - recording of is world's best-selling classical record

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
Opera Singer and Conductor Plácido Domingo
Opera Singer and Conductor
Plácido Domingo
Opera Singer José Carreras
Opera Singer
José Carreras

Birthdays in Music

  • 1775-08-31 Francois de Paule Jacques Raymond de Fossa, French classical guitarist and composer, born in Perpignan, France (d. 1849)
  • 1800-12-23 Marco Aurelio Zani de Ferranti, Italian classical guitarist and composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1878)
  • 1885-06-29 André Gailhard, French classical music composer, born in Paris (d. 1966)
  • 1885-12-22 Joseph Deems Taylor, American composer (Peter Ibbetson) and promoter of classical music, born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1893-02-21 Andres Segovia, Spanish classical guitarist, born in Linares, Spain (d. 1987)

Person of interestHoward Hanson

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
  • 1903-01-06 Maurice Abravanel, American classical music conductor, born in Thessaloniki, Greece (d. 1993)
  • 1904-09-18 Vladimir Horowitz, Russian-American classical pianist (Carmen), born in Kiev, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1989) [N.S. Oct 1]
  • 1908-10-19 [Nils] Geirr Tveitt, Norwegian classical pianist and composer, born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1981)
  • 1911-10-07 Shura Cherkassky, Ukrainian classical pianist (d. 1995)
  • 1913-05-21 Gina Bachauer, Greek classical pianist of Austrian heritage, born in Athens, Greece (d. 1976)
  • 1917-02-01 Edward Simons, American classical violinist and conductor (Rockland Symphony, 1962-2017), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1917-03-19 Constantin "Dinu" Lipatti, Romanian classical pianist and composer, born in Bucharest, Kingdom of Romania (d. 1950)
  • 1919-04-02 Ian Hunter, British impresario of classical music, born in Hadley Wood, Middlesex (d. 2003)

Person of interestRavi Shankar

1920-04-07 Ravi Shankar [Chowdhury], Bengali Brahmin sitar master and Indian classical music composer (West Meets East; Concert for Bangladesh), born in Benares, British, India (d. 2012)

Musician Ravi Shankar
Musician
Ravi Shankar
  • 1921-07-07 Stanislaw Wislocki, Polish conductor of classical music, born in Rzeszów, Poland (d. 1998)
  • 1921-10-01 Héctor Campos Parsi, Puerto Rican classical music composer, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 1997)
  • 1922-04-14 Ali Akbar Khan, Indian classical musician, born in Comilla, East Bangladesh (d. 2009)
  • 1922-05-29 Iannis Xenakis, Romanian-born, Greek-French composer, music theorist, and architect who helped revolutionize 20th century classical music (Metastaseis), born in Brăila, Romania (d. 2001)
  • 1922-06-18 Claude Helffer, French classical pianist and composer, born in Paris (d. 2004)
  • 1923-02-21 Zvi Zeitlin, Russian-American classical violinist and music professor (Eastman School, 1967-2012), born in in Dubroŭna, Russia (now Belarus) (d. 2012)
  • 1923-05-28 Gyorgy Ligeti, Hungarian classical composer (Le Grand Macabre), born in Transylvania, Romania (d. 2006)
  • 1923-07-10 Rudolf Kehrer, Soviet classical pianist of German heritage, born in Tiflis, Georgia (d. 2013)
  • 1926-10-31 (Moisés) "Mario" Abramovich, Argentinian tango and classical violinist (Sexteto Major, 1974-2014), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2014)
  • 1927-10-01 Márta Kurtág [née Kinsker], Hungarian classical pianist, born in Esztergom, Hungary (d. 2019)
  • 1928-12-02 Jörg Wolfgang Demus, Austrian classical pianist and composer, born in St. Pölte, Austria (d. 2019)
  • 1929-06-21 Alexandre Lagoya, Greek-Italian classical guitarist and composer, born in Alexandria, Egypt (d. 1999)
  • 1930-10-08 Tōru Takemitsu, Japanese classical music and film score composer (November Steps; Ran), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1996)
  • 1931-10-14 Nikhil Banerjee, Indian classical musician, born in Calcutta, India (d. 1986)
  • 1932-09-25 Glenn Gould, Canadian classical pianist (Bach's Goldberg Variations) and broadcaster (Solitude Trilogy), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1982)
  • 1933-07-15 Julian Bream, English classical guitarist and lutenist, born in London, England (d. 2020)
  • 1934-10-26 Jacques Loussier, French pianist and composer who created jazz arrangements of Bach and other classical music, born in Angers, France (d. 2019)
  • 1937-09-28 Edward Applebaum, American classical music composer (The Princess In The Garden), born In Los Angeles, California
  • 1937-10-24 Miguel Ángel Coria, Spanish composer of classical music, born in Madrid (d. 2016)
  • 1939-08-09 Max Neuhaus, American classical musician and experimental percussionist (sound sculptures), born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 2009)
  • 1941-04-24 John Williams, Australian classical guitarist, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1942-01-05 Maurizio Pollini, Italian classical pianist, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1944-04-17 John Lill, British classical pianist, born in London
  • 1945-05-08 Keith Jarrett, American jazz and classical pianist and composer (The Köln Concert), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • 1949-06-08 Emanuel Ax, Polish American classical pianist, born in Lviv, Ukraine
  • 1950-01-02 David Shifrin, American classical clarinetist, born in Queens, New York
  • 1950-03-05 Eugene Fodor, American classical violinist (1974 Tchaikovsky Award), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2011)
  • 1952-01-22 Teresa Kaban, Polish classical pianist and co-director of the International Festival of Rediscovered and Forgotten Music, born in Gliwice, Poland
  • 1952-06-05 Daniel Katzen, American classical musician
  • 1952-12-23 Hans Abrahamsen, Danish classical music composer (Left, Alone), born in Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
  • 1953-07-26 Robert Phillips, American classical guitarist, born in NYC, New York
  • 1953-12-28 Roberto Cacciapaglia, Italian pianist and composer of electronic and classical music, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1954-05-28 Youri Egorov, Soviet classical pianist (d. 1988)
  • 1954-08-11 Sinan Savaskan, Turkish-British contemporary classical music composer and educator (The Age of Analysis; Octandre Ensemble), born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1955-10-19 Roland Dyens, French classical guitarist, composer, and arranger (Libra Sonatine), born in French Tunisia. (d. 2016)
  • 1958-07-26 Angela Hewitt, Canadian classical pianist, born in Ottawa, Canada
  • 1960-01-29 Cho-Liang Lin, American classical violinist (Queen Sophia prize, 1977), and teacher (Juilliard, 1991-present) born in Hsinchu, Taiwan [1]
  • 1960-12-21 Louis Demetrius Alvanis, English classical pianist, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1961-02-22 Lowell Liebermann, American classical pianist and composer (Gargoyles), born in New York City
  • 1961-11-23 Nicolas Bacri, Frenck classical music composer, born in Paris
  • 1962-12-31 Jennifer Higdon, American classical music composer (2010 Pulitzer; 3 Grammy Awards) and educator (Curtis Institute of Music, 1994 - present), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1964-09-18 Luca Belcastro, Italian classical music composer, born in Como, Italy
  • 1965-05-13 Tasmin Little, English classical violinist, born in London, England
  • 1969-07-12 Kumiko Ida, Japanese classical pianist (d. 2007)
  • 1969-08-30 Dimitris Sgouros, Greek classical pianist, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1969-11-07 Hélène Grimaud, French classical pianist, born in Aix-en-Provence, France
  • 1975-04-16 Joanna Ławrynowicz, Polish classical pianist, born in Warsaw, Poland [1]
  • 1976-01-09 Svitlana Azarova, Ukrainian-Dutch contemporary classical music composer (Momo and the Time Thieves), born in the Ukrainian SSR
  • 1977-03-07 Bartosz Kowalski, Polish classical music composer, born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1977-10-20 Leila Josefowicz, Canadian classical violinist
  • 1979-11-27 Hilary Hahn, American classical violinist, born in Lexington, Virginia
  • 1980-11-08 Ana Vidovic, Croatian classical guitarist, born in Karlovac, Croatia
  • 1980-12-10 Sarah Chang, Korean-American classical violinist child prodigy, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1982-10-07 Li Yundi, Chinese classical pianist, born in Chongqing, China
  • 1985-06-30 Rafal Blechacz, Polish classical pianist
  • 1987-07-20 Nicola Benedetti, Scottish classical violinist, born in West Kilbride, North Ayrshire
  • 1995-03-23 Jan Lisiecki, Canadian classical pianist, born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1996-10-26 Onutė Gražinytė, Lithuanian classical pianist, born in Vilnus, Lithuania

Deaths in Music

  • 1849-06-03 Francois de Paule Jacques Raymond de Fossa, French classical guitarist and composer, dies at 73
  • 1878-11-28 Marco Aurelio Zani de Ferranti, Italian classical guitarist and composer, dies at 78
  • 1950-12-02 Constantin "Dinu" Lipatti, Romanian classical pianist and composer, dies of Hodgkins disease complications at 33
  • 1966-07-03 André Gailhard, French classical music composer, dies at 81
  • 1966-07-03 Joseph Deems Taylor, American composer (Peter Ibbetson) and promoter of classical music, dies at 80
  • 1976-08-22 Gina Bachauer, Greek classical pianist of Austrian heritage, dies at 63

Person of interestHoward Hanson

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
  • 1982-10-04 Glenn Gould, Canadian classical pianist (Bach's Goldberg Variations) and broadcaster (Solitude Trilogy), dies after suffering a stroke at 50
  • 1988-04-15 Youri Egorov, Soviet classical pianist, dies at 33
  • 1989-05-22 Steven DeGroote, South African classical pianist (b. 1953)
  • 1989-11-05 Vladimir Horowitz, Russian-American classical pianist (Carmen), dies at 85
  • 1990-10-16 Jorge Bolet, Cuban-born American pianist known for his performances of the work of Franz Liszt, dies at 75
  • 1992-11-13 Maurice Ohana, French classical pianist and composer, dies at 79
  • 1995-12-27 Shura Cherkassky, American classical pianist, dies at 86
  • 1996-02-20 Tōru Takemitsu, Japanese classical music and film score composer (November Steps; Ran), dies of pneumonia while being treated for bladder cancer at 65
  • 1997-01-30 Héctor Campos Parsi, Puerto Rican classical music composer, dies at 75
  • 1997-05-03 Narciso Yepes, Spanish classical guitarist (b. 1927)
  • 1998-05-31 Stanislaw Wislocki, Polish conductor of classical music, dies at 76
  • 1999-08-24 Alexandre Lagoya, Greek-Italian classical guitarist and composer, dies at 70
  • 2001-02-04 Iannis Xenakis, Romanian-born, Greek-French composer, music theorist, and architect who helped revolutionize 20th century classical music (Metastaseis), dies after several years of serious illness at 78
  • 2004-10-27 Claude Helffer, French classical pianist and composer, dies at 82
  • 2007-10-18 Kumiko Ida, Japanese classical pianist, dies of meningitis at 38
  • 2009-02-03 Max Neuhaus, American classical musician and experimental percussionist (sound sculptures), dies of cancer at 69
  • 2009-06-19 Ali Akbar Khan, Indian classical musician, dies at 87
  • 2011-02-26 Eugene Fodor, American classical violinist (1974 Tchaikovsky Award), dies from cirrhosis at 60
  • 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
  • 2012-05-02 Zvi Zeitlin, Russian-American classical violinist and music professor (Eastman School, 1967-2012), dies at 90

Person of interestRavi Shankar

2012-12-11 Ravi Shankar [Chowdhury], Bengali Brahmin sitar master and Indian classical music composer (West Meets East; Concert for Bangladesh), dies at 92

Musician Ravi Shankar
Musician
Ravi Shankar
  • 2013-10-29 Rudolf Kehrer, Soviet classical pianist of German heritage, dies at 90
  • 2014-12-01 (Moisés) "Mario" Abramovich, Argentinian tango and classical violinist (Sexteto Major, 1974-2014), dies at 88
  • 2016-02-24 Miguel Ángel Coria, Spanish composer of classical music, dies at 78
  • 2016-10-29 Roland Dyens, French classical guitarist, composer, and arranger (Libra Sonatine), dies at 61
  • 2018-06-26 Edward Simons, American classical violinist and conductor (Rockland Symphony, 1962-2017), dies at 101
  • 2019-03-05 Jacques Loussier, French pianist and composer who created jazz arrangements of Bach and other classical music, dies at 84
  • 2019-04-16 Jörg Wolfgang Demus, Austrian classical pianist and composer, dies at 90
  • 2019-10-17 Márta Kurtág [née Kinsker], Hungarian classical pianist, dies at 92
  • 2020-08-14 Julian Bream, English classical guitarist and lutenist, dies at 87