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.
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.
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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...
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.
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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...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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
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).
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.
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 ...
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 ...