Favourite European Composers (Non UK/IT/FR/DE/AT/SP/GR)

by mister_gs | created - 31 Aug 2012 | updated - 8 months ago | Public

No ranking, just sorted First Name / Family Name. Personal favourites are Emir Kustirica, Maurice Jarre, Walter Baumgartner and Wojciech Kilar. Thanks for checking, enjoy.

2. Arsen Dedic

Composer | Poslednji valcer u Sarajevu

Arsen Dedic was born on July 28, 1938 in Sibenik, Croatia, Yugoslavia. He was a composer and actor, known for Last Waltz in Sarajevo (1990), Crni sneg (1966) and The Way to Paradise (1970). He was married to Gabi Novak. He died on August 17, 2015 in Zagreb, Croatia.

3. Arthur Honegger

Composer | Mademoiselle Docteur

Arthur Honegger was born on March 10, 1892 in Le Havre, Seine-Inférieure [now Seine-Maritime], France. He is known for his work on Street of Shadows (1937), End of the World (1931) and The Kidnapping (1934). He was married to Andrée Vaurabourg. He died on November 27, 1955 in Paris, France.

4. Attila Zoller

Composer | Das Brot der frühen Jahre

Attila Zoller was born on June 13, 1927 in Visegrad, Hungary. He was a composer, known for The Bread of Those Early Years (1962), Tamara (1968) and The Naked Wytche (1970). He died on January 25, 1998 in Townshend, Vermont, USA.

5. Bent Fabricius-Bjerre

Composer | Blinkende lygter

Bent Fabricius-Bjerre was born on December 7, 1924 in Frederiksberg, Denmark. He was a composer, known for Flickering Lights (2000), Slingrevalsen (1981) and Heaven and Hell (1988). He was married to Camilla Padilla Arndt, Anne Fabricius-Bjerre and Harriet Frederikke Dessau. He died on July 28, ...

6. Bo Nilsson

Composer | Att älska

Bo Nilsson was born on May 1, 1937 in Skellefteå, Västerbottens län, Sweden. He was a composer, known for To Love (1964), Här börjar äventyret (1965) and Sadist (1966). He died on June 25, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden.

7. Bojan Adamic

Composer | Operacija Ticijan

Slovenian composer, musician, conductor. Adamic was in Ribnica in the Duchy of Carniola in Slovenia on August 9, 1912. He attended Poljane Grammar School, attended the National Piano Conservatory at 13, and received his degree in piano from Ljubljana Music Academy in 1941, having already completed ...

8. Bronislau Kaper

Composer | Mutiny on the Bounty

Born: February 5, 1902 in Warsaw, Poland Died: April 25, 1983 in Los Angeles, California, USA Kaper displayed musical talent as early as the age of seven when his family acquired a piano. His inclination to music led him to study both piano and composition, while also taking courses in law to ...

9. Bruno Spoerri

Composer | Liebe - einfach kompliziert

Bruno Spoerri is a composer, known for Liebe - einfach kompliziert (1992), Thaw (1977) and Teddy Bär (1983).

11. Carlos D'Alessio

Composer | Delicatessen

Carlos D'Alessio was born on December 20, 1935 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was a composer, known for Delicatessen (1991), India Song (1975) and Mistress (1976). He died on June 14, 1992 in Paris, France.

12. Carlos Perón

Composer | Die schwarze Spinne

Carlos Perón was born in Zurich, Switzerland as Martin Mueller. He is known for his work on Die schwarze Spinne (1983), Yello: Lost Again (1984) and Schmidteinander (1990).

13. Darko Kraljic

Composer | Ljubav i moda

Darko Kraljic was born in 1920 in Zagreb, Croatia. He was a composer and actor, known for Ljubav i moda (1960), Murder Commited in a Sly and Cruel Manner and from Low Motives (1969) and Zvizduk u osam (1962). He died on July 16, 1998 in Belgrade, Serbia.

14. Dov Seltzer

Composer | Kazablan

Dov Seltzer was born on January 26, 1932 in Iasi, Romania. He is a composer, known for Kazablan (1973), Mack the Knife (1989) and Uranium Conspiracy (1978).

15. Dusan Radic

Composer | Sibirska Ledi Magbet

Dusan Radic was born on April 10, 1929 in Sombor, Vojvodina, Serbia, Yugoslavia. He was a composer and actor, known for Siberian Lady Macbeth (1962), Don't Meddle with Fortune (1961) and Downstream from the Sun (1969). He died on April 3, 2010 in Belgrade, Serbia.

16. Emir Kusturica

Director | Underground

A Serbian film director. Born in 1954 in Sarajevo. Graduated in film directing at the prestigious Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague in 1978. During his studies, he was awarded several times for his short movies including Guernica (1978), which took first prize at the Student's Film ...

17. Fernando de Carvalho

Soundtrack | Ver e Amar!

Fernando de Carvalho is known for his work on Ver e Amar! (1930), Madragoa (1952) and Ladrão, Precisa-se!... (1946).

18. Frédéric Devreese

Composer | La partie d'échecs

Frédéric Devreese was born on June 2, 1929 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands. He is known for his work on The Chess Game (1994), Pauline and Paulette (2001) and The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short (1966). He was married to Annie de Clerck. He died on September 28, 2020 in Belgium.

19. György Ligeti

Soundtrack | 2001: A Space Odyssey

1941-43 he began his study of composition under Ferenc Farkas; 1945-49 he continued at the Budapest Music Academy under the same teacher and Sándor Veress. 1950-56 he was lecturer in Harmony and Counterpoint at the Academy at Budapest. Left Hungary toward the end of 1956. 1957-59 freelance work at ...

20. Henny Vrienten

Composer | Spoorloos

Although he had already made a solo album using a pseudonym, Henny Vrienten started to become really popular when he entered the Dutch band Doe Maar. He and Ernst Jansz, looking younger than their actual 32 years, became teen idols. The popularity, resulting in fainting girls during sold-out ...

21. Henrik Otto Donner

Composer | Vihreä leski

Henrik Otto Donner was born on November 16, 1939 in Tampere, Finland. He was a composer, known for The Green Widow (1968), A Time of Roses (1969) and Dolly and Her Lover (1990). He died on June 26, 2013 in Pietarsaari, Finland.

22. Herman Brood

Soundtrack | Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Herman Brood was born on November 5, 1946 in Zwolle, Overijssel, Netherlands. He was married to Xandra Jansen. He died on July 11, 2001 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands.

23. Isaac Schwarts

Composer | Belyy korol, krasnaya koroleva (Russkie)

Isaak Shvarts was a prominent Soviet and Russian composer of Jewish descent. Born in Ukraine (Soviet Union), his family soon moved to Leningrad (present day St. Petersburg) in 1930. By the age of 12 young Isaac has already given his major concert performance at Leningrad Philharmonic Hall. In 1936,...

24. Jerry van Rooyen

Composer | Der Sarg bleibt heute zu

Composer Jerry van Rooyen was born on December 31, 1928 in The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands. Jerry took his first music lessons at age eight and immediately joined a brass band in his hometown as a trumpet player (the trumpet was his favorite instrument). van Rooyen studied for several years ...

25. Joseph Kosma

Soundtrack | Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Joseph Kosma was born in Budapest. He took an interest in music at a very young age, writing an opera called "Noel dans les Tranchées" as a teenager. One of his greatest loves in Budapest was the music of Bela Bartok. Finding the political atmosphere to be more and more oppressive in Budapest, ...

26. Karel Svoboda

Composer | Hodíme se k sobe, milácku...?

Karel Svoboda was born on December 19, 1938 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He was a composer, known for Darling, Are We a Good Match...? (1975), Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea (1977) and A Night at Karlstein (1974). He was married to Vendula Svobodová and Hana Bohatová. He died on ...

27. Krzysztof Komeda

Composer | Rosemary's Baby

Krzysztof Komeda was born on April 27, 1931 in Poznan, Wielkopolskie, Poland as Krzysztof Komeda-Trzcinski. He was a composer, known for Rosemary's Baby (1968), The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) and Mammals (1962). He was married to Zofia von Tittenbrun. He died on April 23, 1969 in Warsaw, ...

28. Ladislav Staidl

Soundtrack | Pelísky

Ladislav Staidl was born on March 10, 1945 in Stribrna Skalice, Protektorát Cechy a Morava. He is a composer, known for Cosy Dens (1999), Romance for a Crown (1975) and Requiem for a Maiden (1992). He was previously married to Ána Staidlová.

29. Lars Färnlöf

Composer | Att angöra en brygga

Lars Färnlöf is a composer, known for Att angöra en brygga (1965), The Wedding (1973) and Kameleonterna (1969).

32. Maurice Jarre

Composer | Lawrence of Arabia

Unlike many musicians who started to learn music while still in their childhood, Maurice Jarre was already late in his teens when he discovered music and decided to make a career in that field. Against his father's will, he enrolled at Conservatoire de Paris where he studied percussions, ...

33. Michal Lorenc

Composer | Psy

Michal Lorenc is one of the most eminent, contemporary composers of film scores. He was born in 1955 in Warsaw. Since his debut in 1979, he has made music for more than 150 feature films, documentaries, tv-serials and theatre performances. He has worked with best Polish, Czech, British and American...

34. Mischa Spoliansky

Composer | Sanders of the River

Mischa Spoliansky, the distinguished composer who was born on December 28, 1898 in Bialystok, Russia, was forced forced to flee his native Russia after the Revolution of 1905 and then his adopted Germaany after the Hitler's rise to power. His family emigrated to Germany in 1905. The product of a ...

36. Nikica Kalodjera

Composer | Lito vilovito

Nikica Kalodjera was born on May 19, 1930 in Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia. He was a composer, known for Lito vilovito (1964), The Way to Paradise (1970) and Covik od svita (1965). He was married to Ljupka Dimitrovska and Ljiljana Simovic. He died on January 27, 2006 in Zagreb, Croatia.

37. Van Cleave

Music_department | White Christmas

His favorite hobby was model trains.

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38. Palle Mikkelborg

Director | Det drejer sig om -

Palle Mikkelborg is known for his work on Det drejer sig om - (1967), Ulvetid (1981) and The Flight of the Eagle (1982).

39. Patrick Juvet

Soundtrack | Michael Blanco

Patrick Juvet was born on August 21, 1950 in Montreux, Switzerland.

40. Patrick Moraz

Soundtrack | The Stepfather

Patrick Moraz was born on June 24, 1948 in Morges, Switzerland as Patrick Philippe Moraz. He is married to Phyllis. He was previously married to Marion.

41. Petr Skoumal

Composer | Trhák

Petr Skoumal was born on March 7, 1938 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He was a composer, known for The Hit (1981), Srdecný pozdrav ze zemekoule (1983) and Indiánské léto (1995). He was married to Ilona Svobodová. He died on September 28, 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic.

42. Pierre Cavalli

Composer | L'ogre de Barbarie

Pierre Cavalli is a composer, known for L'ogre de Barbarie (1981), La clé des champs (1958) and Voyage chez les vivants (1970).

43. Robert Mellin

Soundtrack | Red Heat

Although a number of references believe Robert Mellin to have been born in Surrey, England in 1902, his obituary notices finally clarified that he was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and brought to England as a baby, albeit for a short stay. His father, 39-year-old tailor Joseph Melnikoff together with wife...

45. Rogier van Otterloo

Composer | Soldaat van Oranje

Rogier van Otterloo was born on December 11, 1941 in Bilthoven, Utrecht, Netherlands as Willem Rogier van Otterloo. He is known for his work on Soldier of Orange (1977), De vloek van Woestewolf (1974) and Turkish Delight (1973). He was married to Willy van Otterloo. He died on January 29, 1988 in ...

46. Roman Vlad

Composer | Le mura di Malapaga

Roman Vlad was born on December 29, 1919 in Cernauti, Bukovina, Romania. He is known for his work on The Walls of Malapaga (1949), Domenica d'agosto (1950) and Beauty and the Devil (1950). He died on September 21, 2013 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

47. Rudolf Friml

Soundtrack | Chinatown

Composer, songwriter ("Donkey Serenade", "Song of the Vagabonds") and pianist, educated at the Prague Conservatory and a music student of Anton Dvorak and Jiranek. He toured Europe as a concert pianist with violinist Jan Kubelik, and then toured America in 1901 and 1906. In 1912 he replaced Victor ...

48. Ruud Bos

Composer | Dagboek van een herdershond

Ruud Bos was born in 1936 in Netherlands. He is known for his work on Dagboek van een herdershond (1978), Moeder, ik wil bij de revue (2012) and Mensen zoals jij en ik (1981).

49. Stefan Nilsson

Composer | Så som i himmelen

Stefan Nilsson was born on July 27, 1955 in Kukasjärvi, Övertorneå, Norrbottens län, Sweden. He is known for his work on As It Is in Heaven (2004), Body Switch (1995) and Sweetwater (1988).

51. Sven Gyldmark

Composer | Bundfald

Sven Gyldmark was born on April 21, 1904 in Søllerød, Denmark as Sven Rudolf Sidenius Gyldmark. He was a composer, known for Sin Alley (1957), Reptilicus (1961) and Ved Kongelunden... (1953). He was married to Aase Tove Jacobsen. He died on October 5, 1981 in Denmark.

52. Temistocle Popa

Composer | Cîntecele marii

Temistocle Popa was born on June 27, 1921 in Galati, Romania. He was a composer and actor, known for Cîntecele marii (1971), The Secret of Bacchus (1984) and Nemesis's secret (1987). He was married to Cornelia Teodosiu. He died on November 26, 2013 in Bucharest, Romania.

53. Thor G. Norås

Composer | Broder Gabrielsen

Thor G. Norås was born on April 6, 1935 in Stavanger, Norway. He was an actor and composer, known for Broder Gabrielsen (1966) and Nostalgia (2009). He died on January 13, 2015 in Norway.

54. Tonny Eyk

Soundtrack | Vrijdag

Tonny Eyk was born on July 4, 1940 in The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands as Teun Eikelboom. He is a composer and actor, known for Vrijdag (1980), Maria (1986) and De Flip Fluitketel Show (1980).

55. Tõnu Naissoo

Composer | Viimne reliikvia

Tõnu Naissoo was born on March 18, 1951 in Tallinn, Estonia. He is a composer, known for Viimne reliikvia (1969), Perekonnapildid (1989) and Suletud ring (1983).

56. Torbjörn Lundquist

Composer | Synnöve Solbakken

Torbjörn Lundquist was born on September 30, 1920 in Stockholm, Sweden as Torbjörn Iwan Lundquist. He was a composer, known for A Girl of Solbakken (1957), Damen i svart (1958) and Love Mates (1961). He died on June 1, 2000 in Grillby, Uppsala län, Sweden.

59. Victor Herbert

Soundtrack | Duck Soup

Every professional recording artist today owes their livelihood to some degree to Victor Herbert. Working closely with John Philip Sousa, Irving Berlin and others, he was the driving force in founding the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) on February 13, 1914. He became...

60. Vítezslav Hádl

Composer | Jak utopit dr. Mrácka aneb Konec vodníku v Cechách

Vítezslav Hádl was born on May 5, 1945 in Prague, Protektorát Cechy a Morava. He is a composer, known for How to Drown Dr. Mracek, the Lawyer (1975), The Great Movie Robbery (1986) and The Hit (1981).

62. Walter Baumgartner

Composer | In 80 Betten um die Welt

Composer, conductor, jazz musician (he played both piano and trombone), and arranger Walter Ernst Baumgartner was born on November 16, 1904 in Sevelen, Kanton St. Gallen, Switzerland. Walter founded the swing band the Magnolians in 1934. Baumgartner worked for a while as an arranger and was the ...

63. Wojciech Kilar

Composer | The Ninth Gate

Wojciech Kilar was born on July 17, 1932 in Lwów, Lwowskie, Poland. He was a composer, known for The Ninth Gate (1999), Dracula (1992) and The Pianist (2002). He was married to Barbara Pomianowska. He died on December 29, 2013 in Katowice, Slaskie, Poland.

64. Yan Frenkel

Composer | Zhenshchiny

Yan Frenkel was born on November 21, 1920 in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR as Yan Abramovich Frenkel. He was a composer and actor, known for Women (1966), Begushchaya po volnam (1967) and Novye priklyucheniya neulovimykh (1968). He died on August 25, 1989 in Riga, Latvian SSR, USSR.

66. Zbigniew Preisner

Composer | Trois couleurs: Bleu

Born in Poland in 1955, Zbigniew Preisner studied philosophy and history in the university of Cracow. In his twenties he started to study music in a autodidactical way: buying records and learning to write by taking the music in parts. He started to write his own compositions. His style has always ...

67. Zdenek Liska

Composer | Das Haus in der Karpfengasse

He was a very prolific film composer. When he passed away in 1983, he had a career lasting over 35 years that included over 200 composing credits for feature films, shorts and television productions. He was only 61.

68. Zoran Simjanovic

Composer | Miris poljskog cveca

Zoran Simjanoviæ was born in Beograd in May, 1946. At the age of six he first begun to play piano, then he attended the music school "Mokranjac" and finally the Music Academy in Beograd.

Since 1961 he founded and played in some of the most recognized rock bands in Yugoslavia and abroad. He also ...



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