Famous Composers from Belgium

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

List people range from Django Reinhardt to François-Joseph Fétis.

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

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  • Adriaan Baussens
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    Adriaan Baussens

    Adriaan Baussens is a composer.
    • Age: 44
    • Birthplace: Dendermonde, Belgium
  • Ben Haemhouts
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    Ben Haemhouts (born 1940) is a Belgian musician.
    • Age: 51
  • Brian Clifton is a retired English footballer who played at either inside-forward or half-back for Southampton and Grimsby Town in the 1950s and 1960s.
    • Age: 89
    • Birthplace: Whitchurch, United Kingdom
  • César Franck
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    César-Auguste-Jean-Guillaume-Hubert Franck (10 December 1822 – 8 November 1890) was a composer, pianist, organist, and music teacher who worked in Paris during his adult life. He was born at Liège, in what is now Belgium (though at the time of his birth it was part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands). He gave his first concerts there in 1834 and studied privately in Paris from 1835, where his teachers included Anton Reicha. After a brief return to Belgium, and a disastrous reception for an early oratorio Ruth, he moved to Paris, where he married and embarked on a career as teacher and organist. He gained a reputation as a formidable musical improviser, and travelled widely within France to demonstrate new instruments built by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. In 1858, he became organist at the Basilica of St. Clotilde, Paris, a position he retained for the rest of his life. He became professor at the Paris Conservatoire in 1872; he took French nationality, a requirement of the appointment. His pupils included Vincent d'Indy, Ernest Chausson, Louis Vierne, Charles Tournemire, Guillaume Lekeu and Henri Duparc. After acquiring the professorship, Franck wrote several pieces that have entered the standard classical repertoire, including symphonic, chamber, and keyboard works.
    • Age: Dec. at 67 (1822-1890)
    • Birthplace: Liège, Belgium
  • Django Reinhardt
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    Jean Reinhardt (23 January 1910 – 16 May 1953) stage name Django Reinhardt (French: [dʒãŋɡo ʁɛjnaʁt] or [dʒɑ̃ɡo ʁenɑʁt]), was a Belgian-born Romani-French jazz guitarist and composer, regarded as one of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century. He was the first jazz talent to emerge from Europe and remains the most significant.With violinist Stéphane Grappelli, Reinhardt formed the Paris-based Quintette du Hot Club de France in 1934. The group was among the first to play jazz that featured the guitar as a lead instrument. Reinhardt recorded in France with many visiting American musicians, including Coleman Hawkins and Benny Carter, and briefly toured the United States with Duke Ellington's orchestra in 1946. He died suddenly of a stroke at the age of 43. Reinhardt's most popular compositions have become standards within gypsy jazz, including "Minor Swing", "Daphne", "Belleville", "Djangology", "Swing '42", and "Nuages". Jazz guitarist Frank Vignola claims that nearly every major popular-music guitarist in the world has been influenced by Reinhardt. Over the last few decades, annual Django festivals have been held throughout Europe and the U.S., and a biography has been written about his life. In February 2017, the Berlin International Film Festival held the world premiere of the French film, Django.
    • Age: Dec. at 43 (1910-1953)
    • Birthplace: Belgium, Liberchies
  • Ferre Grignard
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    Ferre Grignard is a film score composer.
    • Age: Dec. at 43 (1939-1982)
    • Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium