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The Best Contemporary Classical Artists 

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Updated July 13, 2020 7.3k votes 845 voters 39.2k views 275 items

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.

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Jackie Evancho is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
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Matthew Odell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
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Accessible Contemporary ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
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New Century Chamber Orch... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
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Steve Reich and Musician... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
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Giorgio Battistelli is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
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Abandoned Toys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
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Yo-Yo Ma is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
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Samantha Bouquin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
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Ensemble 48 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
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Natasha Nightingale is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
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Elizabeth Fawn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
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New York City Master Cho... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
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Nevsky String Quartet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
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Carlo Galante is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
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Matteo Sommacal is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
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Michael Nyman Band is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
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Flux Quartet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
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The California E.A.R. Un... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
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Kaitlyn Maher is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
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Texas A&M Wind Symph... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
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Chicago Chorale is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
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Fritz Hauser is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
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Estonian Philharmonic Ch... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists
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Claremont Trio is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Contemporary Classical Artists