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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.

List artists range from Billy Joel to John Williams. Make sure to downvote the worst teams/people, because they have it coming. What's the best item on this list? The Manhattan Transfer? Thomas Adès?

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.

After you've voted for the best ones, share this on Facebook, Twitter and more to get your network's input. (262 items)
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    Matthew Odell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists

    Classical music, Contemporary classical music

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

    Contemporary classical music

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    Opera, Contemporary classical music

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    Contemporary classical music

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    Opera, Ballet, Chamber music

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    Contemporary classical music

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    Nevsky String Quartet is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists

    Contemporary classical music

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    New Century Chamber Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists

    Classical music, Contemporary classical music

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    Contemporary classical music

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    Mario Marzi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists

    Contemporary classical music

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    Contemporary classical music

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    Classical music

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    劉芳 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists

    World music, Contemporary classical music

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    Fabrizio Paterlini is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists

    Classical music, Contemporary classical music

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    Matteo Sommacal is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists

    Contemporary classical music

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    David Campbell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists

    Classical music, Contemporary classical music

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    Nina Kotova is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists

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    Classical music

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    Musical theatre, Contemporary classical music

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    Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists

    Contemporary classical music

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    Contemporary classical music, Renaissance music, Early music

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    Jazz fusion, Jazz, Contemporary classical music

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    Peter Togni is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists

    Jazz, Contemporary classical music

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    Contemporary classical music

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    Medieval music, New Age music, Jazz

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    Toshio Hosokawa is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists

    Contemporary classical music

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    Musical improvisation, Computer music, Experimental music

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    Contemporary classical music

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    musikFabrik is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists

    Contemporary classical music

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    Cardboard Citizens New Music E... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists

    Contemporary classical music

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    Alvarez Chamber Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists

    Contemporary classical music

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    Duo Gelland is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists

    Contemporary classical music

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    Jean-Pierre Robert is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists

    Contemporary classical music

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    Contemporary classical music

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    Experimental rock, Contemporary classical music, Electroacoustic music

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    Contemporary classical music

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    Texas A&M Wind Symphony is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists

    Classical music, Contemporary classical music

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    American Composers Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists

    Contemporary classical music

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    Contemporary classical music, Minimal music, Film score

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    Gareth Glyn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists

    Contemporary classical music

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    Los Angeles Electric 8 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists

    Classical music, Contemporary classical music, Post-rock

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    Lied, Contemporary classical music, Baroque music

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    David Becker is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists

    Post-bop, Jazz, Contemporary classical music

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    Fritz Hauser is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists

    Contemporary classical music

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    San Francisco Composers Chambe... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists

    Contemporary classical music

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