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List of famous music pedagogues, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top music pedagogues in the world? This includes the most prominent music pedagogues, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable music pedagogues is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic music pedagogues were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned music pedagogues.

Items here include everything from Rodolphe Kreutzer to Wanda Landowska.

From reputable, prominent, and well known music pedagogues to the lesser known music pedagogues of today, these are some of the best professionals in the music pedagogue field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous music pedagogues ever?" and "What are the names of famous music pedagogues?" then you're in the right place. (96 items)

Luciano Berio is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Luciano Berio, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI was an Italian composer. He is noted for his experimental work and also for his pioneering work in electronic music.

Arnold Schoenberg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
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

Yo-Yo Ma is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Yo-Yo Ma is a French-born Chinese American cellist. Born in Paris, he spent his schooling years in New York City and was a child prodigy, performing from the age of five. He graduated from ...more

Ottorino Respighi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Ottorino Respighi was an Italian composer, musicologist and conductor. He is best known for his orchestral music, particularly the three Roman tone poems: Fountains of Rome, Pines of Rome, and ...more

Gustav Holst is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Gustav Theodore Holst was an English composer, arranger and teacher. Best known for his orchestral suite The Planets, he composed a large number of other works across a range of genres, although ...more

Carl Czerny is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Carl Czerny was an Austrian composer, teacher, and pianist of Czech origin whose vast musical production amounted to over a thousand works. His books of studies for the piano are still widely ...more

Marge Champion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Marge Champion, née Marjorie Celeste Belcher, is an American dancer, choreographer, and actress. At a young age she was hired as a dance model for Walt Disney Studios animated films. ...more

David Oistrakh is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
David Fyodorovich Oistrakh was a renowned Soviet classical violinist. Oistrakh collaborated with major orchestras and musicians from many parts of the world, including the Soviet Union, Europe, ...more

Friedrich Kalkbrenner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Friedrich Wilhelm Michael Kalkbrenner was a pianist, composer, piano teacher and piano manufacturer. German by birth, Kalkbrenner studied at the Paris Conservatoire starting at a young age and ...more

Joachim Raff is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Joseph Joachim Raff was a German-Swiss composer, teacher and pianist.

Max Reger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Johann Baptist Joseph Maximilian Reger was a German composer, conductor, pianist, organist, and academic teacher.

Arthur Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Arthur Leslie Benjamin was an Australian composer, pianist, conductor and teacher. He is best known as the composer of Jamaican Rumba, composed in 1938.

L. Shankar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Lakshminarayana Shankar, also known as L. Shankar and Shenkar, is an Indian-born American violinist, singer and composer. He has worked extensively in both traditional music from India, and in ...more

Roger Sessions is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Roger Huntington Sessions was an American composer, critic, and teacher of music.

Charles Dutoit is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Charles Édouard Dutoit, OC GOQ is a Swiss conductor, particularly noted for his interpretations of French and Russian 20th-century music. He has made influential modern recordings of ...more

Rodolphe Kreutzer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Rodolphe Kreutzer was a French violinist, teacher, conductor, and composer of forty French operas, including La mort d'Abel. He is probably best known as the dedicatee of Beethoven's Violin ...more

Wanda Landowska is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Wanda Alexandra Landowska was a Polish harpsichordist whose performances, teaching, recordings and writings played a large role in reviving the popularity of the harpsichord in the early 20th ...more

Carl Reinecke is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Carl Heinrich Carsten Reinecke was a German composer, conductor, and pianist.

Michel Philippot is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Michel Paul Philippot was a French composer, mathematician, acoustician, musicologist, aesthetician, broadcaster, and educator.

Andrzej Panufnik is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Sir Andrzej Panufnik was a Polish composer and conductor. He became established as one of the leading Polish composers, and as a conductor he was instrumental in the re-establishment of the ...more

Alberto Williams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Alberto Williams was an Argentine composer of classical music, a pianist, a pedagogue, and a conductor.

Leoš Janáček is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Leoš Janáček was a Czech composer, musical theorist, folklorist, publicist and teacher. He was inspired by Moravian and other Slavic folk music to create an original, modern musical ...more

Niels Gade is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Niels Wilhelm Gade was a Danish composer, conductor, violinist, organist and teacher. He is considered the most important Danish musician of his day.

Marcel Dupré is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Marcel Dupré was a French organist, composer, and pedagogue.

Maurice Duruflé is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Maurice Duruflé was a French composer, organist, and teacher.

Vasily Safonov is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Vasily Ilyich Safonov, also known as Wassily Safonoff, was a Russian pianist, teacher, conductor and composer. Vasily Safonov, or Safonoff as he was known in the West during his lifetime, was ...more

Emanuel Ax is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Emanuel Ax is a Grammy-winning American classical pianist. He is an internationally acclaimed performer, and a teacher on the faculty of the Juilliard School.

Charles-Marie Widor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Charles-Marie Jean Albert Widor was a French organist, composer and teacher.

Hans Gal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Hans Gál OBE was an Austrian-British composer, teacher and author.

Hans Pfitzner is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Hans Erich Pfitzner was a German composer and self-described anti-modernist. His best known work is the post-Romantic opera Palestrina, loosely based on the life of the great sixteenth-century ...more

Alfred Brendel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Alfred Brendel KBE is an Austrian pianist, poet and author. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest pianists of all time.

Gerhard Gruber is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
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

Goffredo Petrassi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Goffredo Petrassi was an Italian composer of modern classical music, conductor, and teacher. He is considered one of the most influential Italian composers of the twentieth century.

Raoul Pugno is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Stéphane Raoul Pugno was a French composer, teacher, organist, and pianist known for his playing of Mozart's works.

César Franck is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
César-Auguste-Jean-Guillaume-Hubert Franck 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 ...more

Gian Francesco Malipiero is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Gian Francesco Malipiero was an Italian composer, musicologist, music teacher and editor.

Hubert Stuppner is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Hubert Stuppner (born 1944 in Truden) is a contemporary Italian composer of classical music, a pianist, conductor, book author, and music pedagogue.

Julius Stern is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Julius Stern was a Jewish-German musical pedagogue and composer.

Ignaz Moscheles is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
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

Anton Arensky is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Anton Stepanovich Arensky, was a Russian composer of Romantic classical music, a pianist and a professor of music.

Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Mikhail Mikhailovich Ippolitov-Ivanov was a Russian composer, conductor and teacher.

François-Joseph Fétis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
François-Joseph Fétis was a Belgian musicologist, composer, teacher, and one of the most influential music critics of the 19th century. His enormous compilation of biographical ...more

Alexander Glazunov is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov was a Russian composer of the late Russian Romantic period, music teacher and conductor. He served as director of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory between ...more

Emil von Sauer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Emil Georg Conrad von Sauer was a notable German composer, pianist, score editor, and music teacher. He was a pupil of Franz Liszt and one of the most distinguished pianists of his generation. ...more

Jean Absil is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Jean Absil was a Belgian composer, organist, and professor at the Brussels Conservatoire.

Camillo Togni is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Camillo Togni was an Italian composer, teacher, and pianist. Coming from a family of independent means, he was able to pursue his art as he saw fit, regardless of changing fashions or economic ...more

Vincenzo Righini is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Vincenzo Maria Righini was an Italian composer, singer and kapellmeister.

Giorgio Federico Ghedini is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Giorgio Federico Ghedini was an Italian composer. In addition to orchestral works, in 1949 he premiered a one-act opera based on the American novella, Billy Budd, by Herman Melville.

Artur Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Artur Schnabel was an Austrian classical pianist, who also composed and taught. Schnabel was known for his intellectual seriousness as a musician, avoiding pure technical bravura. Among the 20th ...more

Josef Lhévinne is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Music Pedagogues
Josef Lhévinne was a Russian pianist and piano teacher. Lhévinne wrote a short book in 1924 that is considered a classic: Basic Principles in Pianoforte Playing. Asked how to say ...more