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Famous Composers from Switzerland

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List of notable or famous composers from Switzerland, with bios and photos, including the top composers born in Switzerland and even some popular composers who immigrated to Switzerland. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Swiss composers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These composers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known composer from Switzerland is included when available.

Everything from Jean-Jacques Rousseau to Frank Martin is included on this list.

This historic composers from Switzerland list can help answer the questions "Who are some Swiss composers of note?" and "Who are the most famous composers from Switzerland?" These prominent composers of Switzerland may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Swiss composers.

Use this list of renowned Swiss composers to discover some new composers that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (26 items)

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    Prince Andrei Mikhaylovich Volkonsky was a Russian composer of classical music and harpsichordist. He was a key figure in Early Music Revival in Russia.more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1933-2008)
    • Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
    • Profession: Conductor, Harpsichordist, Composer
    • Credits: Dead Season, Three Plus Two, Through the Graveyard, The Magic Weaver
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    Armin Schibler was a Swiss composer.more

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    • Age: Died at 66 (1920-1986)
    • Birthplace: Kreuzlingen, Switzerland
    • Profession: Composer
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    Arthur Honegger
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    Arthur Honegger was a Swiss composer, who was born in France and lived a large part of his life in Paris. He was a member of Les Six. His most frequently performed work is probably the orchestral work Pacific 231, which was inspired by the sound of a steam locomotive.more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1892-1955)
    • Birthplace: Le Havre, France
    • Profession: Composer
    • Credits: Pygmalion, Napoléon, Histoire(s) du cinéma, Demon of the Himalayas, The Woman I Love, + more
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    Bernard Hoffer is a Swiss-born American composer and conductor, who has created original music, best known for his work on a number of different films, television series, and commercials. He has also conducted several musical shows, such as the ballets A Boston Cinderella! and Ma Goose. He is probably ...more

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    • Age: age 81
    • Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer
    • Credits: The Wind in the Willows, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, The Ivory Ape
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    Carlo Evasio Soliva was a Swiss-Italian composer of opera, chamber music, and sacred choral works. Soliva was born in Casale Monferrato, Piedmont to a family of Swiss chocolatiers who had emigrated from the canton of Ticino. He studied pianoforte and composition at the Milan Conservatory. A contemporary ...more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1791-1853)
    • Birthplace: Casale Monferrato, Italy
    • Profession: Composer
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    Christopher James Chaplin is a Swiss born English composer and actor. He is the youngest son of film comedian Charlie Chaplin and his fourth wife, Oona O'Neill. Born in Switzerland, Chaplin studied piano under Irene Denereaz in Vevey before going to London to become an actor and since 2005 has focused ...more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland
    • Profession: Actor, Composer
    • Credits: Total Eclipse, Christopher Columbus: The Discovery, Where Is Parsifal?
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    Daniel Humair is a drummer, jazz composer and painter. He is widely renowned and became a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in 1986. He has played with many jazz performers notably Jean-Luc Ponty, Michel Portal, Martial Solal, Dexter Gordon, Gerry Mulligan and Eric Dolphy. Humair is also a talented painter.more

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    • Age: age 77
    • Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
    • Profession: Musician, Composer, Artist
    • Credits: Jazz Icons: Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Live in '63 & '67
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    Ernest Bloch
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    Ernest Bloch was a 20th-century Swiss-born American composer.more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1880-1959)
    • Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
    • Profession: Composer
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    Fabian Römer

    Fabian Römer is a musician and film score composer.more

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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician
    • Credits: The Door, Kaddish For A Friend, Ballauf - 31 - Minenspiel, Jeder Tag zählt, Clara and the Secret of the Bears, + more
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    Frank Martin was a Swiss composer, who lived a large part of his life in the Netherlands.more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1890-1974)
    • Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
    • Profession: Pianist, Harpsichordist, Composer
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    Fritz Hauser

    Fritz Hauser is a Swiss musician and composer from Basel, Switzerland. His artistic universe is very personal, and he deals primarily with improvisation, time, space, resonance, visuality, but also with humour.more

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    • Age: 62
    • Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
    • Profession: Musician, Composer
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    Gottfried von Einem was an Austrian composer. He is known chiefly for his operas influenced by the music of Stravinsky and Prokofiev, as well as by jazz. He also composed pieces for piano, violin and organ.more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1918-1996)
    • Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland
    • Profession: Composer
    • Credits: Gidon Kremer & Alban Berg: Violin Concerto
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    Hans Kotter was a German composer and organist of the renaissance. He studied with Paul Hofhaimer from 1498 to 1500. Thereafter to 1508 he was organist at the Saxon court at Torgau. Subsequently he held positions in Breisgau and in Friborg, where he was shown, although after detention and torture ...more

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    • Age: Died at 61 (1480-1541)
    • Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
    • Profession: Composer, Organist
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    Heinz Holliger is a Swiss oboist, composer and conductor.more

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    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: Langenthal, Switzerland
    • Profession: Conductor, Oboist, Composer
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    Henri Christiné

    Henri Marius Christiné was a French composer of Swiss birth. The son of a French Savoyard watchmaker, Christiné was born in Geneva, Switzerland. He began by teaching at the lycée in Geneva, while pursuing his interest in music and playing organ in a local church. He married a cafe singer whose troupe ...more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1867-1941)
    • Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Composer
    • Credits: Same Old Song, Dédé
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    Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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    Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a Genevan philosopher, writer, and composer of the 18th century. His political philosophy influenced the French Revolution as well as the overall development of modern political, sociological, and educational thought. Rousseau's novel Emile, or On Education is a treatise on the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 66 (1712-1778)
    • Birthplace: Switzerland, European Free Trade Association, Canton of Geneva, Geneva
    • Profession: Librettist, Novelist, Composer, Writer, Philosopher
    • Credits: The Armenian Coat of Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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    Joachim Raff
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    Joseph Joachim Raff was a German-Swiss composer, teacher and pianist.more

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    • Age: Died at 60 (1822-1882)
    • Birthplace: Lachen, Switzerland
    • Profession: Pianist, Music pedagogue, Composer
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    Julien Israelian is a film score composer.more

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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Composer
    • Credits: gODDESSES (We Believe We Were Born Perfect)
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    Mark Tschanz is a Swiss musician and score composer who has worked in the film industry since 1994. He composed the soundtrack to 2:37 in 2006. The following is extracted from various online sources.more

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    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Composer
    • Credits: Teknolust, 2:37, .357, The West Wittering Affair, L.A., + more
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    Michel Tabachnik is a Swiss conductor and composer.more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
    • Profession: Conductor, Composer
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