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bands/musicians The Best Contemporary Classical Artists

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Contemporary classical artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good contemporary classical bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’ labels and what albums they've put out. This list of the top contemporary classical bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Contemporary classical groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all contemporary classical bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest contemporary classical music bands of all time, since the most famous contemporary classical artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best contemporary classical music.

You can click on the contemporary classical band names to see more information about that particular notable contemporary classical group. If they're near the top of the best contemporary classical artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top contemporary classical bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the contemporary classical band names themselves.

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All important, significant and iconic names in contemporary classical music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new contemporary classical bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of contemporary classical music, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into contemporary classical music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good contemporary classical bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent contemporary classical bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best contemporary classical bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest contemporary classical musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular contemporary classical bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Matthew Odell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Matthew Odell Classical music, Contemporary classical music

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Giorgio Battistelli is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Giorgio Battistelli Opera, Contemporary classical music

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Ensemble 48 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Ensemble 48 Contemporary classical music

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New York City Master Chorale is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
New York City Master Chorale Contemporary classical music

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New Century Chamber Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
New Century Chamber Orchestra Classical music, Contemporary classical music

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Nevsky String Quartet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Nevsky String Quartet Contemporary classical music

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Accessible Contemporary Music is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Accessible Contemporary Music Contemporary classical music

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Kaitlyn Maher is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Kaitlyn Maher Contemporary classical music

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Carlo Galante is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Carlo Galante Opera, Ballet Chamber music

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Steve Reich and Musicians is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Steve Reich and Musicians Contemporary classical music

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Duo Gelland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Duo Gelland Contemporary classical music

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Alvarez Chamber Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Alvarez Chamber Orchestra Contemporary classical music

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Cardboard Citizens New Music E... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Cardboard Citizens New Music Ensemble Contemporary classical music

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David Campbell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
David Campbell Classical music, Contemporary classical music

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Vera Trifanova is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Vera Trifanova Lied, Contemporary classical music Baroque music

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Alexandra du Bois is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Alexandra du Bois Classical music, Contemporary classical music

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Gareth Glyn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Gareth Glyn Contemporary classical music

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Michael Nyman Band is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Michael Nyman Band Contemporary classical music, Minimal music Film score

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Duo Alterno is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Duo Alterno Contemporary classical music

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Los Angeles Electric 8 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Los Angeles Electric 8 Classical music, Contemporary classical music Post-rock

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劉芳 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
劉芳 World music, Contemporary classical music

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Frédéric Metthé is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Frédéric Metthé Medieval music, New Age music Jazz

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Claremont Trio is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Claremont Trio Classical music, Contemporary classical music

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Fiona Brice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Fiona Brice Pop music, Alternative rock Contemporary classical music

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Lutz Glandien is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Lutz Glandien Experimental rock, Contemporary classical music Electroacoustic music

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Meridian Arts Ensemble is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Meridian Arts Ensemble Contemporary classical music

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Texas A&M Wind Symphony is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Texas A&M Wind Symphony Classical music, Contemporary classical music

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The California E.A.R. Unit is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
The California E.A.R. Unit Contemporary classical music

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David Jaffe is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
David Jaffe Contemporary classical music

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American Composers Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
American Composers Orchestra Contemporary classical music

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Estonian Philharmonic Chamber ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir Contemporary classical music

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Jean-Pierre Robert is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Jean-Pierre Robert Contemporary classical music

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ELISION Ensemble is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
ELISION Ensemble Contemporary classical music

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I Fagiolini is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
I Fagiolini Contemporary classical music, Renaissance music Early music

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Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble Contemporary classical music

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Joshua Rosenblum is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Joshua Rosenblum Musical theatre, Contemporary classical music

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James F. Sundah is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
James F. Sundah Pop music, Rock music Contemporary classical music

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Classical Jazz Quartet is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Classical Jazz Quartet Jazz fusion, Jazz Contemporary classical music

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Peter Togni is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Peter Togni Jazz, Contemporary classical music

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Yo-Yo Ma is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Yo-Yo Ma Classical music

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Mario Marzi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Mario Marzi Contemporary classical music

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musikFabrik is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
musikFabrik Contemporary classical music

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Djansug Kakhidze is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists

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David Becker is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
David Becker Post-bop, Jazz Contemporary classical music

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Fabrizio Paterlini is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Fabrizio Paterlini Classical music, Contemporary classical music

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Matteo Sommacal is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Matteo Sommacal Contemporary classical music

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San Francisco Composers Chambe... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra Contemporary classical music

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Fritz Hauser is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
Fritz Hauser Contemporary classical music

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R. Luke DuBois is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
R. Luke DuBois Musical improvisation, Computer music Experimental music

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American Wind Symphony Orchest... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
American Wind Symphony Orchestra Contemporary classical music