The Most Famous

MUSICIANS from Italy

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This page contains a list of the greatest Italian Musicians. The pantheon dataset contains 3,175 Musicians, 56 of which were born in Italy. This makes Italy the birth place of the 6th most number of Musicians behind France, and Sweden.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Italian Musicians of all time. This list of famous Italian Musicians is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Italian Musicians.

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1. Niccolò Paganini (1782 - 1840)

With an HPI of 80.95, Niccolò Paganini is the most famous Italian Musician.  His biography has been translated into 88 different languages on wikipedia.

Niccolò (or Nicolò) Paganini (Italian: [ni(k)koˈlɔ ppaɡaˈniːni] ; 27 October 1782 – 27 May 1840) was an Italian violinist and composer. He was the most celebrated violin virtuoso of his time, and left his mark as one of the pillars of modern violin technique. His 24 Caprices for Solo Violin Op. 1 are among the best known of his compositions and have served as an inspiration for many prominent composers.

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2. Arcangelo Corelli (1653 - 1713)

With an HPI of 73.51, Arcangelo Corelli is the 2nd most famous Italian Musician.  His biography has been translated into 61 different languages.

Arcangelo Corelli (, also UK: , US: , Italian: [arˈkandʒelo koˈrɛlli]; 17 February 1653 – 8 January 1713) was an Italian composer and violinist of the Baroque era. His music was key in the development of the modern genres of sonata and concerto, in establishing the preeminence of the violin, and as the first coalescing of modern tonality and functional harmony. He was trained in Bologna and Rome and spent most of his career there with the protection of wealthy patrons. Though his entire production is limited to just six published collections – five of which are trio sonatas or solo and one of concerti grossi — he achieved great fame and success throughout Europe, in the process crystallizing widely influential musical models. His writing was admired for its balance, refinement, sumptuous and original harmonies, for the richness of the textures, for the majestic effect of the theatricality and for its clear, expressive and melodious polyphony, a perfect quality of classical ideals, although belonging to the baroque epoch and often employing resources typical of this school, such as the exploration of dynamic and expressive contrasts, but always tempered by a great sense of moderation. He was the first to fully apply, with an expressive and structuring purpose, the new tonal system, consolidated after at least two hundred years of experimentation. As a virtuoso violinist he was considered one of the greatest of his generation and contributed, thanks to the development of modern playing techniques and to his many disciples scattered throughout Europe, to place the violin among the most prestigious solo instruments and was also a significant figure in the evolution of the traditional orchestra. A dominant figure in Roman musical life and internationally highly regarded, he was desired by many courts and was included in the most prestigious artistic and intellectual society of his time, the Pontifical Academy of Arcadia. He was known in his time as "the new Orpheus", "the prince of musicians" and other similar adjectives, great folklore was generated around his figure and his fame did not diminish after his death. Even today his work is the subject of a voluminous critical bibliography and his sonatas are still widely used in musical academies as didactic material as well as pieces capable of affirming themselves in today's concert repertoire. His position in the history of Western music is considered crucial, being recognized as one of the greatest masters at the turn of the 17th and 18th century, as well as one of the earliest and greatest classicists.

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3. Giorgio Moroder (b. 1940)

With an HPI of 67.32, Giorgio Moroder is the 3rd most famous Italian Musician.  His biography has been translated into 44 different languages.

Giovanni Giorgio Moroder (Italian: [dʒoˈvanni ˈdʒordʒo moˈrɔːder], German: [mɔˈʁoːdɐ]; born 26 April 1940) is an Italian composer and music producer. Dubbed the "Father of Disco", Moroder is credited with pioneering euro disco and electronic dance music. His work with synthesizers had a large influence on several music genres such as hi-NRG, Italo disco, synth-pop, new wave, house and techno music. While in Munich in the 1970s, Moroder started Oasis Records, later a subdivision of Casablanca Records. He is the founder of the former Musicland Studios in Munich, a recording studio used by many artists including the Rolling Stones, Electric Light Orchestra, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Queen and Elton John. He produced singles for Donna Summer during the mid-to-late 1970s disco era, including "Love to Love You Baby", "I Feel Love", "Last Dance", "MacArthur Park", "Hot Stuff", "Bad Girls", "Dim All the Lights", "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)", and "On the Radio". During this period, he also released many albums, including the synthesizer-driven From Here to Eternity (1977) and E=MC2 (1979). He began to compose film soundtracks and scores, including Midnight Express, American Gigolo, Superman III, Scarface, The NeverEnding Story, and the 1984 restoration of Metropolis. Moroder's work on the film Midnight Express (1978), which contained the international hit "Chase", won him the Academy Award for Best Original Score and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score. He also produced a number of electronic disco songs for the Three Degrees, two albums for Sparks, and a handful of songs on Bonnie Tyler's album Bitterblue as well as her 1985 single "Here She Comes". In 1990, he composed "Un'estate italiana", the official theme song of the 1990 FIFA World Cup. Moroder has created songs for many performers including David Bowie, Falco, Kylie Minogue, Irene Cara, Janet Jackson, Madleen Kane, Melissa Manchester, Blondie, Japan and France Joli. Moroder has stated that the work of which he is most proud is Berlin's "Take My Breath Away", which earned him the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song after appearing in the film Top Gun in 1986; he had earned the same awards in 1983 for "Flashdance... What a Feeling" (as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score for all of his work on Flashdance). In addition to the three Academy Awards and four Golden Globes, Moroder has also received four Grammy Awards, two People's Choice Awards, and more than 100 Golden and Platinum discs. In 2004, he was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame.

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4. Cosima Wagner (1837 - 1930)

With an HPI of 67.00, Cosima Wagner is the 4th most famous Italian Musician.  Her biography has been translated into 31 different languages.

Francesca Gaetana Cosima Wagner (née Liszt; 24 December 1837 – 1 April 1930) was the daughter of the Hungarian composer and pianist Franz Liszt and Franco-German romantic author Marie d'Agoult. She became the second wife of the German composer Richard Wagner, and with him founded the Bayreuth Festival as a showcase for his stage works; after his death she devoted the rest of her life to the promotion of his music and philosophy. Commentators have recognised Cosima as the principal inspiration for Wagner's later works, particularly Parsifal. In 1857, after a childhood largely spent under the care of her grandmother and with governesses, Cosima married the conductor Hans von Bülow. Although the marriage produced two children, it was largely a loveless union, and in 1863 Cosima began a relationship with Wagner, who was 24 years her senior. They married in 1870; after Wagner's death in 1883 she directed the Bayreuth Festival for more than 20 years, increasing its repertoire to form the Bayreuth canon of ten operas and establishing the festival as a major event in the world of musical theatre. During her directorship, Cosima opposed theatrical innovations and adhered closely to Wagner's original productions of his works, an approach continued by her successors long after her retirement in 1907. She shared Wagner's convictions of German cultural and racial superiority, and under her influence, Bayreuth became increasingly identified with antisemitism. This was a defining aspect of Bayreuth for decades, into the Nazi era which closely followed her death there in 1930. Thus, although she is widely perceived as the saviour of the festival, her legacy remains controversial.

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5. Ludovico Einaudi (b. 1955)

With an HPI of 65.73, Ludovico Einaudi is the 5th most famous Italian Musician.  His biography has been translated into 40 different languages.

Ludovico Maria Enrico Einaudi OMRI (Italian: [ludoˈviːko eiˈnaudi] ; born 23 November 1955) is an Italian pianist and composer. Trained at the Conservatorio Verdi in Milan, Einaudi began his career as a classical composer, later incorporating other styles and genres such as pop, rock, folk, and world music. Einaudi has composed the scores for a number of films and television productions, including This Is England, The Intouchables, I'm Still Here, the TV miniseries Doctor Zhivago, and Acquario (1996), for which he won the Grolla d'oro. His music was used as the score for the Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning films Nomadland and The Father. He has also released a number of solo albums for piano and other instruments, notably I Giorni in 2001, Nightbook in 2009, and In a Time Lapse in 2013. On 1 March 2019, Einaudi announced a seven-part project named Seven Days Walking, which was released over the course of seven months in 2019. In 2005, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. Einaudi was born in Turin, Piedmont. His father, Giulio Einaudi, was a publisher working with authors including Italo Calvino and Primo Levi, and founder of Giulio Einaudi Editore. His paternal grandfather, Luigi Einaudi, was President of Italy between 1948 and 1955. His mother, Renata Aldrovandi, played the piano to him as a child. Her father, Waldo Aldrovandi, was a pianist, opera conductor, and composer who emigrated to Australia after World War II. Einaudi started composing music as a teenager, first writing by playing a folk guitar. He began his musical training at the Conservatorio Verdi in Milan, obtaining a diploma in composition in 1982. That same year he took an orchestration class taught by Luciano Berio and was awarded a scholarship to the Tanglewood Music Festival. According to Einaudi, "[Luciano Berio] did some interesting work with African vocal music and did some arrangements of Beatles songs, and he taught me that there is a sort of dignity inside music. I learnt orchestration from him and a very open way of thinking about music." He also learned by collaborating with musicians such as Ballaké Sissoko from Mali and Djivan Gasparyan from Armenia. His music is ambient, meditative, and often introspective, drawing on minimalism and contemporary pop. After studying at the conservatory in Milan and subsequently with Berio, Einaudi spent several years composing in traditional forms, including several chamber and orchestral pieces. He soon garnered international attention and his music was performed at venues such as the Teatro alla Scala, the Tanglewood Music Festival, Lincoln Center, and the UCLA Center for Performing Arts. In the mid-1980s, he began to search for more personal expression in a series of works for dance and multimedia, and later for piano. Some of his collaborations in theatre, video, and dance included compositions for the Sul filo d'Orfeo in 1984, Time Out in 1988, a dance-theatre piece created with writer Andrea De Carlo, The Wild Man in 1990, and the Emperor in 1991. Later collaborations include Salgari (Per terra e per mare) (1995), an opera/ballet commissioned by the Arena di Verona with texts by Emilio Salgari, Rabindranath Tagore, and Charles Duke Jr, and E.A. Poe (1997), which was conceived as a soundtrack for silent films. Einaudi began using his style to compose film soundtracks in the mid-1990s. He started with two films by Michele Sordillo, Da qualche parte in città in 1994 and Acquario in 1996, for which he won the Grolla d'oro for best soundtrack. In 1998, he composed the soundtrack for Treno di panna and the score for Giorni dispari by Dominick Tambasco. In 2000, he collaborated with Antonello Grimaldi on Un delitto impossibile, and he also composed the soundtrack for Fuori del mondo, for which he won the Echo Klassik award in Germany in 2002. After the release of his debut album, some excerpts were included in the film Aprile by Nanni Moretti. In 2002, his soundtrack for Luce dei miei occhi was named best soundtrack at the 2002 Italian Music Awards. In 2002, Einaudi won an Italian award for Best Film Score for Luce dei miei occhi. AllMusic gave his score for the 2002 TV serial Doctor Zhivago 4.5/5 stars and published a glowing review, comparing it in skill to Maurice Jarre's score of the previous film adaptation. In 2004, his soundtrack for Sotto falso nome received the prize for the best film music at the Avignon Film Festival. In 2010, Einaudi wrote the music for the trailer of Black Swan. His "Due Tramonti" was featured in the film I'm Still Here (2010), directed by Casey Affleck. His composition "Nuvole Bianche" was featured in the film Insidious (2010), directed by James Wan, the British TV drama This Is England 86, and in the TV series Derek (2012), directed by and starring Ricky Gervais. To The Intouchables (2011), the biggest box office movie in French history, he contributed the tracks "Fly", "Writing Poems", "L'origine nascosta", "Cache-cache", "Una Mattina", and "Primavera." The film This Is England featured Fuori dal mondo and Dietro casa. The British TV drama series This Is England '88 also contained the tracks "Fuori Dalla Notte", "Solo" (a bonus track from Nightbook), "Berlin Song", and "Distacco". Einaudi is signed to Decca Records and is published by Chester Music Limited, part of the Music Sales Group of Companies. After the multi-media-inspired Time Out in 1988, in 1992 he released Stanze, which he had composed for harp. The album was performed by Cecilia Chailly, one of the first musicians to use an electric harp. Einaudi released his first solo piano album, Le Onde, in 1996, under BMG. The album is based on the novel The Waves by British writer Virginia Woolf, and enjoyed mainstream success, particularly in Italy and the UK. His 1999 followup, Eden Roc, was also released on BMG, with shorter pieces. For the project he collaborated with the Armenian duduk musician Djivan Gasparyan. His next solo piano release, I Giorni (2001), was inspired by his travels in Africa. The solo piano track "I Giorni" was featured in a BBC promotion for arts and culture programs, and attracted much interest due to Greg James' airing of the piece on BBC Radio 1 in June 2011. James mentioned that he found the piece therapeutic when he was studying at university. Due to repeated airings that month, the track entered the UK Singles Chart at #32 on 12 June 2011. In 2003, Einaudi released the live album La Scala Concert 03.03.03, which was recorded at the famous La Scala opera house in Milan. His 2003 album Diario Mali is another collaboration, with Einaudi on piano and Malian musician Ballaké Sissoko on kora. In 2004, Einaudi released the album Una Mattina on Decca Records. The 2006 album Divenire consists of piano accompanied by orchestra. The album also includes the artist's critically acclaimed track "Primavera." It was recorded by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, with Einaudi as the piano master. Shortly after its release, Einaudi went on tour to various places in the UK, playing both the music on Divenire and orchestral arrangements of his other works. The album topped the iTunes classical chart. In October 2009, Nightbook was released. The album saw Einaudi take a new direction with his music as he incorporated synthesized sounds alongside his piano. The album was conceived and recorded in response to the German painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer, as well as an exhibit space where Einaudi performed for a gallery opening for Kiefer. It was also inspired by the drums and electronics of the Whitetree Project, a performing trio Einaudi formed with Robert and Ronald Lippok of To Rococo Rot, a German electronic group. In Italy, the album went Gold with more than 35,000 copies sold. Einaudi's album In a Time Lapse was released on 21 January 2013, with US and Canadian supporting tours. He also appeared on KCRW in Los Angeles. On 17 September 2013, Einaudi performed various songs from In a Time Lapse, together with a new ensemble, at the annual iTunes Festival held at the Roundhouse in London. The group intimately rehearsed this performance in the barn of Einaudi's house. In March 2016, the world premiere of a new piano concerto, "Domino", took place at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. In a review of Elements, Classicalite's Steve Nagel writes that "because Einaudi errs so much on the side of minimalism and pop that it might be more appropriate to label his music as a product of the New Age movement, which—although seemingly less ambitious than broader classical structures—concentrates more on relaxation, cohesion, elements of nature and an air of optimism". Ben Beaumont-Thomas of The Guardian, in a negative review of a 2016 live performance, critiques Einaudi the performer with "[he] casts himself as the antithesis to the stuffy conservatoire—but then plays music that is less adventurous than your average indie band's", complaining that "Einaudi compounds this by being a mediocre pianist. He can finesse a phrase, but is proudly anti-virtuosic, playing only simple arpeggios and limpid four-note melodies". In 2016, Einaudi participated in the Greenpeace campaign to save the Arctic. Time Out (various instruments; experimental) (1988) Stanze (harp) (1992) Salgari (various instruments; ballet) (1995) Le Onde (piano) (1996) Eden Roc (piano and strings) (1999) I Giorni (piano) (2001) Diario Mali (piano, kora) (2003) Una Mattina (piano, cello) (2004) Divenire (piano, string orchestra, electronic) (2006) Nightbook (piano, electronic) (2009) In a Time Lapse (piano, electronic) (2013) Taranta Project (piano, electronic, orchestra, cello, kora) (2015) Elements (piano, electronic, orchestra) (2015) Seven Days Walking (piano, violin, viola, cello) (2019) 12 Songs from Home (piano) (2020) Underwater (piano) (2022) La Scala Concert 03.03.03 (2003) Live in Berlin (2007) iTunes Festival: London 2007 (2007) Live in Prague (2009) The Royal Albert Hall Concert (2010) La notte della Taranta 2010 (2011) iTunes Festival: London 2013 (2013) In a Time Lapse Tour (2014) Elements, Special Tour Edition (2016) Echoes: The Einaudi Collection (2003) I primi capolavori (2010) Islands: Essential Einaudi (2011) Einaudi Essentiel (2012) Undiscovered (2020) Cinema (2021) Moments of Peace (2023) Music of Care (2023) Table Vs Ludovico Einaudi (2002) Elements, Remixes (2016) "Ultimi Fuochi" (1998) "Blusound" (2001) "Night" (2015) "Elements" (2015) "Drop" (2015) "Elegy for the Arctic" (2016) "Luminous" (2021) Cloudland (2009) Treno di panna (Director: Andrea De Carlo) (1988) Da qualche parte in città (Director: Michele Sordillo) (1994) Acquario (Director: Michele Sordillo) (1996) Aprile (Director: Nanni Moretti) (1998) Giorni dispari (Director: Dominick Tambasco) (1998) Fuori dal mondo (Director: Giuseppe Piccioni) (1999) La vita altrui (Director: Michele Sordillo) (2000) Un delitto impossibile (Director: Antonio Luigi Grimaldi) (2000) Le parole di mio padre (Director: Francesca Comencini) (2001) Alexandreia (Director: Maria Iliou) (2001) Luce dei miei occhi (Director: Giuseppe Piccioni) – Italian music award for best film score (2002) Doctor Zhivago (TV mini-series, Director: Giacomo Campiotti) (2002) Sotto falso nome (Director: Roberto Andò) – Prize for the best film music at Avignon Film Festival 2004 (2004) Mission: Saturn (2004) This Is England (Director: Shane Meadows) (2006) This Is England '86 (Director: Shane Meadows) (2010) Stargate Universe – Pathogen (2010) Sangandaan – Landas ng Buhay (2010) I'm Still Here (Director: Casey Affleck) (2010) Das Ende ist mein Anfang – German film (2010) Black Swan trailer (Director: Darren Aronofsky) (2010) This Is England '88 (Director: Shane Meadows) (2011) Intouchables – (Director: Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano) (2011) Primavera – (Gary Speed RIP Documentary: Sport Wales) (2011) J. Edgar – (Director: Clint Eastwood) (2012) Derek (pilot episode) – (Director: Ricky Gervais) (2012) The Water Diviner – (Director: Russell Crowe) (2014) Mommy – (Director: Xavier Dolan) (2014) This Is England '90 – (Director: Shane Meadows) (2015) The Third Murder – (Director: Hirokazu Koreeda) (2017) The Father – (Director: Florian Zeller) (2020) Nomadland – (Director: Chloé Zhao) (2020) Cosmos: Possible Worlds – (TV series, director: Ann Druyan; episode: "The Sacrifice of Cassini", score by Alan Silvestri) (2020) BBC – background music to minute of silence for recent racing deaths before Formula 1 Airtel Grand Prix of India (30 October). (2011) Airtel India TV commercial Endless Goodbye on YouTube – excerpt from "I Giorni". (2011) Procter & Gamble TV commercial "The Best Job" for the Olympics 2012 (excerpt from "Divenire" on YouTube). (2012) Numerous episodes of the BBC's Top Gear including the 2009 Bolivia Special. Year of creation unknown: National Basketball Association (NBA) of America, Where Will Amazing Happen This Year (Magic Johnson Sky Hook) on YouTube. James May's Toy Stories Christmas Special, excerpt from "Divenire". (2012) "The Snow Prelude N. 03 in C Major" background music to the Nationwide Building Society's adverts. (2012) Vodafone RED, excerpt from "Walk". (2013) BBC – The Apprentice – Episode 7: Caravans (Lady Labyrinth & The Crane Dance). (2013) British Airways Advert: Today, Tomorrow on YouTube, "Experience (Starkey Remix)" for commercial (2013) Één 'BIRTHDAY', Belgian documentary by photographer Lieve Blancquaert (nl.wikipedia) – 9 episodes. – "Life" as intro and outro track "The Book Thief" international trailer – "Life" – The Book Thief: Official Trailer #1 HD (2014), 20centuryfox on YouTube. "Moving Art" Louie Schwartzberg, Netflix series. (2013) "Valiant Hearts: The Great War" first-look trailer – "Fly" Valiant Hearts: The Great War official trailer (UK) on YouTube. (2013) Procter & Gamble TV commercial for the Sochi 2014 Olympics – "Primavera". (2014) Alan Watts spiritual guide, Choices – "Experience" Video on YouTube. (2014) Nike Golf ad, Rory Mcilroy tribute to Tiger Woods – "Nuvole Bianche". (2015) ANZ Australia: Welcome to Your World, Your Way on YouTube, "Experience" for commercial. (2015) UFC 193 Promo Video: UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holly Holm – Revolution on YouTube, "Experience". (2015) BBC: "Fly" used as the theme music to TV series Doctor Foster. (2015) RTVE: "Nuvole Bianche" used as the theme music of 2015 Spanish Lottery commercial. (2015) BBC MasterChef: The Professionals, "Life" was used when a winner was announced. (2015) SKY Sports, "Experience" music for commercial and other features for the 2016 Golf Open. (2016) Procter & Gamble TV commercial Strong on YouTube for the Rio 2016 Olympics, "Experience" music for commercial. (2016) Amazon Prime – A Priest and Imam meet for a cup of tea. Excerpt from "I Giorni". (2016) Sense8 series finale “Amor Vincit Omnia”, “Experience” was played during the closing scene. (2018) List of ambient music artists The Independent review Album: Ludovico Einaudi, Nightbook (Decca) (16 October 2009) History and Mystery: The piano spheres of Ludovico Einaudi, Bluefat interview (in Italian) Voce di Italia review of Ludovico Einaudi – The Nightbook Tour by Daniele Orlandi (13 February 2010) (in Italian) Romagna Noi review Ravenna – Ludovico Einaudi all'Alighieri by Daniele Orlandi (8 February 2010) "the AU interview: Ludovico Einaudi (Italy)", the AU review, posted on 7 February 2014 by Larry Heath. Official website Ludovico Einaudi on SoundCloud Ludovico Einaudi – Virtual International Philharmonic Ludovico Einaudi at IMDb

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6. Giovanni Battista Viotti (1755 - 1824)

With an HPI of 62.96, Giovanni Battista Viotti is the 6th most famous Italian Musician.  His biography has been translated into 33 different languages.

Giovanni Battista Viotti (12 May 1755 – 3 March 1824) was an Italian violinist whose virtuosity was famed and whose work as a composer featured a prominent violin and an appealing lyrical tunefulness. He was also a director of French and Italian opera companies in Paris and London. He personally knew Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven.

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7. Lucio Dalla (1943 - 2012)

With an HPI of 62.81, Lucio Dalla is the 7th most famous Italian Musician.  His biography has been translated into 41 different languages.

Lucio Dalla (Italian pronunciation: [ˈluːtʃo ˈdalla]; 4 March 1943 – 1 March 2012) was an Italian singer-songwriter, musician and actor. He also played clarinet and keyboards. Dalla was the composer of "Caruso" (1986), a song dedicated to Italian opera tenor Enrico Caruso, and "L'anno che verrà" (1979).

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8. Giovanni Battista Martini (1706 - 1784)

With an HPI of 62.23, Giovanni Battista Martini is the 8th most famous Italian Musician.  His biography has been translated into 29 different languages.

Giovanni Battista or Giambattista Martini, O.F.M. Conv. (24 April 1706 – 3 August 1784), also known as Padre Martini, was an Italian Conventual Franciscan friar, who was a leading musician, composer, and music historian of the period and a mentor to Mozart. Giovanni Battista Martini was born in Bologna, in that era part of the Papal States. His father, Antonio Maria Martini, a violinist, taught him the elements of music and the violin and he later learned singing and harpsichord playing from Padre Pradieri, and counterpoint from Antonio Riccieri and Giacomo Antonio Perti. Having received his education in classics from the priests of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri, he afterwards entered the novitiate of the Conventual Franciscans at their friary in Lago, at the close of which he professed religious vows and received the religious habit of the Order on 11 September 1722. In 1725, though only nineteen years old, he received the appointment of chapel-master at the Basilica of San Francesco in Bologna, where his compositions attracted attention. He established a composition school at the invitation of amateur and professional friends, where a number of well-known musicians received their education. As a teacher, he consistently expressed his preference for the practices of the earlier Roman school of composition. Martini was a zealous collector of musical literature, and possessed an extensive musical library. Burney estimated it at 17,000 volumes; after Martini's death a portion of it passed to the Imperial library at Vienna, the rest remaining in Bologna, now in the Museo Internazionale della Musica (ex Civico Museo Bibliografico Musicale). Most contemporary musicians spoke of Martini with admiration, and Leopold Mozart consulted him with regard to the talents of his son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The latter went on to write the friar in very effusive terms after a visit to the city. The Abbé Vogler, however, makes reservations in his praise, condemning his philosophical principles as too much in sympathy with those of Fux, which had already been expressed by P. Vallotti. His Elogio was published by Pietro della Valle at Bologna in the same year. In 1758 Martini was invited to teach at the Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna. He died in Bologna. Among Martini's pupils: the Belgian André Ernest Modeste Grétry, the Bohemian Josef Mysliveček, the Ukrainian Maksym Berezovsky, his fellow Conventual Franciscan friar, Stanislao Mattei, who succeeded him as conductor of the girls choir, as well as the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Christian Bach and the famous Italian cellist Giovanni Battista Cirri. The greater number of Martini's mostly sacred compositions remain unprinted. The Liceo of Bologna possesses the manuscripts of two oratorios as well as three intermezzos, including L'impresario delle Isole Canarie; and a requiem, with some other pieces of church music, are now in Vienna. Litaniae atque antiphonae finales B. V. Mariae were published at Bologna in 1734, as also twelve Sonate d'intavolalura; six Sonate per l'organo ed il cembalo in 1747; and Duetti da camera in 1763. Martini's most important works are his Storia della musica (Bologna, 1757–1781) and his Esemplare di contrappunto (Bologna, 1774–1775). The former, of which the three published volumes relate wholly to ancient music, and thus represent a mere fragment of the author's vast plan, exhibits immense reading and industry, but is written in a dry and unattractive style, and is overloaded with matter which cannot be regarded as historical. At the beginning and end of each chapter occur puzzle-canons, wherein the primary part or parts alone are given, and the reader has to discover the canon that fixes the period and the interval at which the response is to enter. Some of these are exceedingly difficult, but all were solved by Luigi Cherubini. The Esemplare is a learned and valuable work, containing an important collection of examples from the best masters of the old Italian and Spanish schools, with excellent explanatory notes. It treats chiefly of the tonalities of the plain chant, and of counterpoints constructed upon them. Besides being the author of several controversial works, Martini drew up a Dictionary of Ancient Musical Terms, which appeared in the second volume of GB Doni's Works; he also published a treatise on The Theory of Numbers as Applied to Music. His celebrated canons, published in London, about 1800, edited by Pio Cianchettini, and his unpublished set of 303 canons, show him to have had a strong sense of musical humour. This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Martini, Giovanni Battista". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 17 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 800–801. Sadie, S. (ed.) (1980) The New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians, [vol. # 11]. Elisabetta Pasquini, Gimbattista Martini. Palermo, L'Epos, 2007. ISBN 978-88-8302-343-9 More information, including full text, of Martini's Storia della musica in the University of North Texas Music Library's Virtual Rare Book Room Free scores by Giovanni Battista Martini at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) Free scores by Giovanni Battista Martini in the Choral Public Domain Library (ChoralWiki)

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9. Paolo Conte (b. 1937)

With an HPI of 62.00, Paolo Conte is the 9th most famous Italian Musician.  His biography has been translated into 26 different languages.

Paolo Conte (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpaːolo ˈkonte]; born 6 January 1937) is an Italian singer, pianist, songwriter and lawyer, known for his distinctly grainy, resonant voice. His compositions fuse Italian and Mediterranean sounds with jazz, boogie and elements of the French chanson and Latin-American rhythms. Conte was born in Asti, Piedmont. His parents were avid jazz fans and Conte and his younger brother Giorgio spent their formative years listening to a lot of early jazz and blues recordings. After obtaining a law degree at the University of Parma, Conte started working as an assistant solicitor with his father, simultaneously pursuing his musical studies. He learned to play the trombone, the vibraphone and the piano, and formed a jazz band with his brother on guitar. Conte's skill for composing music and original arrangements was noted by music producer Lilli Greco, who paired Conte with lyricist Vito Pallavicini. They wrote songs for Adriano Celentano ("Azzurro", 1968), Caterina Caselli ("Insieme a te non ci sto più", 1968), Fausto Leali ("Deborah", 1968) and Enzo Jannacci ("Messico e nuvole", 1970). In 1974 Conte recorded his first album, Paolo Conte. The following year, he released another eponymous album. Following a series of well-received shows at Club Tenco in Sanremo in 1976 and the commercial success of his third album, 'Un gelato al limon', Conte concentrated almost exclusively on his solo career. Some of Conte's most popular songs have been used as film soundtracks, including "Come Di" in I Am David (2003) and Mickey Blue Eyes (1999), "Via con me" in French Kiss (1995), Mostly Martha (2001) and Welcome to Collinwood (2002). In addition, Conte's song "L’orchestrina" is featured during the end credits for episodes 3 and 4 of the television series The New Pope (2020). In 1997 Conte won the Nastro d'Argento for Best Score for the film La freccia azzurra. On 24 March 1999, Conte was awarded the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, by President Giorgio Napolitano for his "outstanding cultural achievements". On 15 May 2001, France ordered Paolo Conte Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 2015, Conte was awarded the Premio Galileo for contemporary music in Padua. Conte has also received several honorary doctorates, including one from the University of Macerata (1990). Paolo Conte (1974) Paolo Conte (1975) Un gelato al limon (1979) Paris milonga (1981) Appunti di viaggio (1982) Paolo Conte (1984) Aguaplano (1987, double album - the Japanese and German releases were issued as two separate albums, the second titled Jimmy Ballando in 1989) Parole d'amore scritte a macchina (1990) 900 (1992) Una faccia in prestito (1995) Razmataz (2000) Elegia (2004) Psiche (2008) Nelson (2010) Snob (2014) Amazing Game (2016) Concerti (1985) Paolo Conte Live (1988) Paolo Conte - Haris Alexiou (1990) Tournée (1993) Tournée 2 (1998) Paolo Conte Live Arena di Verona (2005) Live in Caracalla – 50 Years of Azzurro (2018) Paolo Conte Live at Veneria Reale (2022) Come Di (1986, French release) Collezione (1988) Boogie (1990) Wanda, stai seria con la faccia ma però (1992) The Best of Paolo Conte (1996) Reveries (2003) Wonderful (2006) Gong-oh (2011) The Platinum Collection (2014) 2008: Michal Horáček, Ohrožený druh (featuring ""Jak se ten chlap na mě dívá" by Conte) (in Italian) Paolo Conte's website Biography of Paolo Conte at

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10. Gianna Nannini (b. 1954)

With an HPI of 61.09, Gianna Nannini is the 10th most famous Italian Musician.  Her biography has been translated into 41 different languages.

Gianna Nannini (Italian pronunciation: [ˈdʒanna nanˈniːni]; born 14 June 1954) is an Italian singer and songwriter. Her most notable songs include "America" (1979), "Fotoromanza" (1984), "I Maschi" (1987), "Meravigliosa creatura" and "Bello e impossibile" (1986). The latter became a hit across Europe, especially in Austria, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.


Pantheon has 64 people classified as Italian musicians born between 1523 and 2000. Of these 64, 29 (45.31%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living Italian musicians include Giorgio Moroder, Ludovico Einaudi, and Paolo Conte. The most famous deceased Italian musicians include Niccolò Paganini, Arcangelo Corelli, and Cosima Wagner. As of April 2024, 9 new Italian musicians have been added to Pantheon including Rocco Granata, Antonio Maria Bononcini, and Renato Zero.

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