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.

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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 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Composers from Switzerland
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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: France, Normandy, Le Havre, Seine-Maritime, Upper Normandy
    • 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: 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 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Composers from Switzerland
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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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