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List of notable or famous composers from Austria, with bios and photos, including the top composers born in Austria and even some popular composers who immigrated to Austria. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Austrian 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 Austria is included when available.

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Alban Berg is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Alban Berg Died at 50 (1885-1935) Alban Maria Johannes Berg was an Austrian composer. He was a member of the Second Viennese School with Arnold Schoenberg and Anton Webern, and produced compositions that combined Mahlerian ...more

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Aleksey Igudesman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Aleksey Igudesman age 44 Aleksey Mikhailovich Igudesman is a Russian violinist, composer, conductor and actor. He performs in the duo Igudesman & Joo.

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Alessandro Poglietti is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Alessandro Poglietti Alessandro Poglietti was a Baroque organist and composer of unknown origin. In the second half of the 17th century Poglietti settled in Vienna, where he attained an extremely high reputation, ...more

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Alexander von Zemlinsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Alexander von Zemlinsky Died at 71 (1871-1942) Alexander Zemlinsky or Alexander von Zemlinsky was an Austrian composer, conductor, and teacher.

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Alfred Rosé is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Alfred Rosé Died at 73 (1902-1975) Alfred Eduard Emmerich Rosé was an Austrian composer and conductor. He was the elder brother of Alma Rosé, son of Arnold Rosé, and the nephew of Gustav Mahler. He studied in ...more

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Alfred Uhl is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Alfred Uhl Died at 83 (1909-1992) Alfred Uhl was an Austrian composer, violist, music teacher and conductor.

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Alma Mahler Gropius Werfel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Alma Mahler Gropius Werfel Died at 85 (1879-1964) Alma Maria Mahler Gropius Werfel was a Viennese-born socialite well known in her youth for her beauty and vivacity. She became the wife, successively, of composer Gustav Mahler, architect Walter ...more

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Anton Bruckner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Anton Bruckner Died at 72 (1824-1896) Anton Bruckner was an Austrian composer known for his symphonies, masses, and motets. The first are considered emblematic of the final stage of Austro-German Romanticism because of their rich ...more

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Anton Eberl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Anton Eberl Died at 42 (1765-1807) Anton Eberl was an Austrian composer, teacher and pianist of the Classical period.

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Anton Webern is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Anton Webern Died at 62 (1883-1945) Anton Webern was an Austrian composer and conductor. He was a member of the Second Viennese School. As a student, significant follower of, and influence on Arnold Schoenberg, he became one of ...more

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Arnold Schoenberg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Arnold Schoenberg Died at 77 (1874-1951) Arnold Schoenberg or Schönberg was an Austrian composer and painter, associated with the expressionist movement in German poetry and art, and leader of the Second Viennese School. With the ...more

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Augustin Lanner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Augustin Lanner Died at 20 (1835-1855) Augustin Lanner, sometimes known as August Lanner, was an Austrian composer, the son of the better-known Josef Lanner. He was first educated at the St. Anna-Schule but received no music ...more

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Beat Furrer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Beat Furrer age 63 Beat Furrer is an Austrian composer and conductor of Swiss birth. Born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, Furrer relocated to Vienna in 1975 to pursue studies with Roman Haubenstock-Ramati and Otmar ...more

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Bernhard Lang is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Bernhard Lang age 61 Bernhard Lang is an Austrian composer, improvisationalist and programmer of musical patches and applications. His work can be described as modern contemporary music, with roots, however, in ...more

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Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf Died at 60 (1739-1799) Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf was an Austrian composer, violinist and silvologist.

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Carl Millöcker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Carl Millöcker Died at 57 (1842-1899) Carl Joseph Millöcker, was an Austrian composer of operettas and a conductor. He was born in Vienna, where he studied the flute at the Vienna Conservatory. While holding various conducting ...more

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Carl Zeller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Carl Zeller Died at 56 (1842-1898) Carl Adam Johann Nepomuk Zeller was an Austrian composer of operettas. Zeller was born in Sankt Peter in der Au, the only child of physician Johann Zeller and Maria Anna Elizabeth. Zeller's ...more

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Christoph Sonnleithner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Christoph Sonnleithner Died at 52 (1734-1786) Christoph Sonnleithner was an Austrian jurist and composer. He was the father of Ignaz von Sonnleithner and Joseph Sonnleithner. His daughter Anna was the mother of Franz Grillparzer.

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Eduard Steuermann is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Eduard Steuermann Died at 72 (1892-1964) Eduard Steuermann was an Austrian pianist and composer. Steuermann studied piano with Vilém Kurz at the Lemberg Conservatory and Ferruccio Busoni in Berlin, and studied composition with ...more

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Erich Wolfgang Korngold is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Erich Wolfgang Korngold Died at 60 (1897-1957) Erich Wolfgang Korngold was an Austro-Hungarian composer who adopted US nationality. While his late Romantic compositional style was considered well out of vogue at the time he died, his music ...more

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Ernest Gold is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Ernest Gold Died at 78 (1921-1999) Ernest Gold was an Austria-born American composer.

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Ernő Dohnányi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Ernő Dohnányi Died at 83 (1877-1960) Ernő Dohnányi was a Hungarian conductor, composer and pianist. He used a German form of his name, Ernst von Dohnányi, on most of his published compositions. The "von" ...more

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Ernst Toch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Ernst Toch Died at 77 (1887-1964) Ernst Toch was an Austrian composer of classical music and film scores. He sought throughout his life to introduce new approaches to music.

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Erwin Schulhoff is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Erwin Schulhoff Died at 48 (1894-1942) Erwin Schulhoff was a Czech composer and pianist. He was one of the figures in the generation of European musicians whose successful careers were prematurely terminated by the rise of the Nazi ...more

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Ferdinand Grossmann is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Ferdinand Grossmann Died at 83 (1887-1970) Ferdinand Grossmann was an Austrian choral conductor, vocal teacher and composer . He studied music in Linz. Some years later in Vienna he attended a class of conducting given by Felix ...more

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Franz Koglmann is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Franz Koglmann age 70 Franz Koglmann is an Austrian jazz composer. He performs on both the trumpet and flugelhorn in a variety of contexts, most often within avant-garde jazz and third stream contexts. An ...more

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Franz Schreker is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Franz Schreker Died at 56 (1878-1934) Franz Schreker was an Austrian composer, conductor, teacher and administrator. Primarily a composer of operas, Schreker developed a style characterized by aesthetic plurality, timbral ...more

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Franz Schubert is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Franz Schubert Died at 31 (1797-1828) Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer. Schubert died at 31 but was extremely prolific during his lifetime. His output consists of over six hundred secular vocal works, seven complete ...more

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Franz Xaver Süssmayr is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Franz Xaver Süssmayr Died at 37 (1766-1803) Franz Xaver Süssmayr was an Austrian composer, most famous for his completion of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Requiem.

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Frederic Loewe is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Frederic Loewe Died at 87 (1901-1988) Frederick Loewe, was an Austrian-American composer. He collaborated with lyricist Alan Jay Lerner on a series of Broadway musicals, including the long-running My Fair Lady and Camelot, both of ...more

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Friedrich Cerha is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Friedrich Cerha age 92 Friedrich Cerha is an Austrian composer and conductor.

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Georg Kreisler is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Georg Kreisler Died at 89 (1922-2011) Georg Kreisler was an Austrian–American Viennese-language cabarettist, satirist, composer, and author. He was particularly popular in the 1950s and 1960s. From 2007 he lived in Salzburg, ...more

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Gerhard Gruber is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Gerhard Gruber age 66 Gerhard Gruber is an Austrian composer and piano player. As accompanist for silent movies he has become the leading authority in Austria since 1988. He has performed for about 450 different ...more

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Gerrit Kinkel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Gerrit Kinkel age 33 Gerrit Kinkel is an Austrian composer, record producer, recording engineer and performer.

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Gustav Mahler is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Gustav Mahler Died at 51 (1860-1911) Gustav Mahler was an Austrian late-Romantic composer, and one of the leading conductors of his generation. As a composer he acted as a bridge between the 19th century Austro-German tradition and ...more

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György Ligeti is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
György Ligeti Died at 83 (1923-2006) György Sándor Ligeti was a composer of contemporary classical music. He has been described as "one of the most important avant-garde composers in the latter half of the ...more

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Hanns Eisler is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Hanns Eisler Died at 64 (1898-1962) Hanns Eisler was an Austrian composer. Composer of the national anthem of the German Democratic Republic, he is probably best known for his long artistic association with Bertolt Brecht, and for ...more

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Hanns Jelinek is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Hanns Jelinek Died at 68 (1901-1969) Hanns Jelinek was an Austrian composer of Czech descent who is also known under the pseudonyms Hanns Elin, H. J. Hirsch, Jakob Fidelbogen.

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Hans Wurman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Hans Wurman Died at 79 (1922-2001) Hans Wurman was a composer.

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Harald Kloser is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Harald Kloser age 61 Harald Kloser is an Austrian-born film composer, writer, and producer who has won the BMI Film Music Award in 2005 for both of his scores of Alien vs. Predator and The Day After Tomorrow.

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Harry Brus is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Harry Brus age 69 Harry Brus is an Australian bass player and guitarist, best known for his work with Matt Finish, Kevin Borich, Renée Geyer, Australian Crawl, Leo Sayer, Marcia Hines, Jimmy Barnes, Ross ...more

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Helmut Eder is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Helmut Eder Died at 89 (1916-2005) Helmut Eder was an Austrian composer. Eder studied until 1948 at the Linz Conservatory, later studying with Johann Nepomuk David in Stuttgart and Carl Orff in Munich. Returning to Linz, he ...more

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Ignaz Holzbauer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Ignaz Holzbauer Died at 72 (1711-1783) Ignaz Jakob Holzbauer was a composer of symphonies, concertos, operas, and chamber music, and a member of the Mannheim school. His aesthetic style is in line with that of the Sturm und Drang ...more

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Ignaz Moscheles is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Ignaz Moscheles Died at 76 (1794-1870) Ignaz Moscheles was a Bohemian composer and piano virtuoso, whose career after his early years was based initially in London, and later at Leipzig, where he succeeded his friend and sometime ...more

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Joe Zawinul is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Joe Zawinul Died at 75 (1932-2007) Josef Erich "Joe" Zawinul was an Austrian jazz keyboardist and composer. First coming to prominence with saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, Zawinul went on to play with trumpeter Miles ...more

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Johann Baptist Schenk is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Johann Baptist Schenk Died at 83 (1753-1836) Johann Baptist Schenk was an Austrian composer and teacher. Schenk was born in Wiener Neustadt. While still a boy he composed songs, dances and symphonies, and became a proficient violinist and ...more

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Johann Nepomuk Hummel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Johann Nepomuk Hummel Died at 59 (1778-1837) Johann Nepomuk Hummel was an Austrian composer and virtuoso pianist. His music reflects the transition from the Classical to the Romantic musical era.

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Josef Lanner is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Josef Lanner Died at 42 (1801-1843) Joseph Lanner was an Austrian dance music composer. He is best remembered as one of the earliest Viennese composers to reform the waltz from a simple peasant dance to something that even the ...more

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Joseph Haydn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Joseph Haydn Died at 77 (1732-1809) Joseph Haydn was a prominent and prolific composer of the Classical period. He was instrumental in the development of chamber music such as the piano trio and his contributions to musical form ...more

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Joseph Marx is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Composers from Austria
Joseph Marx Died at 82 (1882-1964) Joseph Rupert Rudolf Marx was an Austrian composer, teacher and critic.