Famous Composers from Switzerland

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 (also Andrey, André, Mikhailovich, Michailovich, Volkonski, Volkonskiy) (Russian: Андрей Михайлович Волконский; 14 February 1933 in Geneva, Switzerland – 16 September 2008 in Aix-en-Provence, France) was a Russian composer of classical music and harpsichordist. He was a key figure in Early Music Revival in Russia.
    • Age: Dec. at 75 (1933-2008)
    • Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Armin Schibler (Kreuzlingen am Bodensee, 20 November 1920 – Zurich, 7 September 1986) was a Swiss composer.
    • Age: Dec. at 66 (1920-1986)
    • Birthplace: Kreuzlingen, Switzerland
  • Arthur Honegger
    Photo: Metaweb (FB) / Public domain
    Arthur Honegger (French: [aʁtyʁ ɔnɛɡɛːʁ]; 10 March 1892 – 27 November 1955) 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.
    • Age: Dec. at 63 (1892-1955)
    • Birthplace: Le Havre, France
  • Bernard Hoffer (born October 14, 1934) is a Swiss-born American composer and conductor. He is best known for his work on American cartoons such as Thundercats and Silverhawks. He worked on several of Rankin/Bass' television series and specials. The music he developed for The MacNeil-Lehrer Report, used on the PBS NewsHour until 2015, was nominated for an Emmy Award, and he has won six Clio Awards for his work on commercials. He has also conducted several musical shows, such as the ballets A Boston Cinderella! and Ma Goose.
    • Age: 88
    • Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
  • Carlo Evasio Soliva (27 November 1791 – 20 December 1853) 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 of Gioacchino Rossini, he is best known for his 1816 opera La testa di bronzo ("The head of bronze"), which prompted Stendhal’s immediate enthusiasm: “Ce petit Soliva a la figure chétive d'un homme de génie.” (“That little Soliva has the scanty figure of a man of genius.”) After a life spent composing, teaching, and conducting in Italy, Poland, Russia, ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 62 (1791-1853)
    • Birthplace: Casale Monferrato, Italy
  • Christopher James Chaplin (born 8 July 1962) 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.
    • Age: 60
    • Birthplace: Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland