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 Contemporary Composers

Our list of contemporary composers fills a void on the web: contemporary music information with a chronological perspective. The Chronological List arranges composers by date of birth, giving us a starting point for a perspective of the flow of new music through the 19th,  20th and 21st centuries. And each composer's page lists works both chronologically and by genre, letting us see the placement of individual works in the bigger picture of a composer's entire output - and, exponentially, in the even larger frame of the flow of music through our time. Works that are highly regarded have been highlighted, to act as starting points for musical explorations    ~    EXPLORE, LISTEN, ENJOY...

A Chonological List
Born . . .   1850 - 1875      1876 - 1900      1901 - 1925      1926 - 1950      1951 - 1975      1976 -    

Contemporary Composers  -  An Alphabetical List
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Contemporary Composers  -  Continued . . .

Composers in Selected States

Film Composers

Award Winning Composers

Contemporary Composer Collectives and Associations



born . . . 1850 - 1875
Leos Janácek (1854-1928), Czech
Claude Debussy (1862-1918), French
Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), Finnish
Carl Nielsen (1865-1931), Danish
Vladimir Rebikov (1866-1920), Russian
Erik Satie (1866-1925), French
Scott Joplin (1868-1917), American
Albert Roussel (1869-1937), French
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), English
Gustav Holst (1874-1934), English
Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951), Austrian
Charles Ives (1874-1954), American
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), French

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born . . . 1876 - 1900
Manuel de Falla (1876-1946), Spanish
Carl Ruggles (1876-1971), American
André Caplet (1878-1925), French
Ernest Bloch (1880-1959), Swiss-American
Béla Bartók (1881-1945), Hungarian
Marion Bauer (1882-1955), American
Percy Grainger (1882-1961), Australian-American
Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967), Hungarian
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), Russian
Alfredo Casella (1883-1947), Italian
Edgard Varèse (1883-1965), American
Anton Webern (1883-1945), Austrian
Alban Berg (1885-1935), Austrian
Wallingford Riegger (1885-1961), American
Heino Eller (1887-1970), Estonian
Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959), Brazilian
Max Steiner (1888-1971), Austrian-American
Jacques Ibert (1890-1962), French
Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959), Czech
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953), Russian-Soviet
Arthur Honegger (1892-1955), Swiss
Ferde Grofé (1892-1972), American
Darius Milhaud (1892-1974), French
Germaine Tailleferre (1892-1983), French
Robert Russell Bennett (1894-1981), American
Walter Piston (1894-1976), American
Dimitri Tiomkin (1894-1979),  Ukranian-American
Paul Hindemith (1895-1963), German
Carl Orff (1895-1982), German
William Grant Still (1895-1978), American
Howard Hanson (1896-1981), American
Roger Sessions (1896-1985), American
Virgil Thomson (1896-1989), American
Henry Cowell (1897-1965), American
Erich Wolfgang  Korngold  (1897-1957), Austrian
Ernst Bacon (1898-1990), American
George Gershwin  (1898-1937), American
Roy Harris (1898-1979), American
Georges Auric (1899-1983), French
Carlos Chávez (1899-1978), Mexican
Jon Leifs (1899-1968), Icelandic
Francis Poulenc (1899-1963), French
Silvestre Revueltas (1899-1940), Mexican
Randall Thompson (1899-1984), American
George Antheil (1900-1959), American
Aaron Copland  (1900-1990), American
Otto Luening (1900-1996), American
Colin McPhee (1900-1964), Canadian-American
Kurt Weill  (1900-1983), German

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born . . . 1901 - 1925
Gerald Finzi (1901-1956), English
Alfred Newman (1901-1970), American
Harry Partch  (1901-1974), American
Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999), Spanish
Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901-1953), American
Henri Tomasi (1901-1971), French
Richard Rodgers  (1902-1979), American
William Walton  (1902-1983), British
Stefan Wolpe (1902-1972), German/Jewish/American
Richard Addinsell (1904-1977), British
Luigi Dallapiccola (1904-1975), Italian
Dmitry Kabalevsky (1904-1987), Soviet-Russian
Goffredo Petrassi (1904-2003), Italian
André Jolivet (1905-1974), French
Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988), Italian
Michael Tippett (1905-1998), English
Miriam Gideon (1906-1996), American
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975), Soviet-Russian
Louise Talma (1906-1996), American
Franz Waxman (1906-1967), Jewish-German-American
M. Camargo Guarnieri (1907-1993), Brazilian
Jean Langlais (1907-1991), French
Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-1994), English
Miklos Rozsa (1907-1995), Hungarian-American
Leroy Anderson  (1908-1975), American
Jean Coulthard (1908-2000), Canadian
Olivier Messiaen  (1908-1992), French
Elliott Carter (1908-2012), American
Halsey Stevens (1908-1989), American
Grażyna Bacewicz (1909-1969), Polish
Samuel Barber (1910-1981), American
Alex North (1910-1991), American
Pierre Schaeffer (1910-1995), French
William Schuman (1910-1992), American
Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975), American
Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000), Armenian-American
Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007), Italian-American
Allan Pettersson (1911-1980), Swedish
Nino Rota (1911-1979), Italian
Vladimir Ussachevsky (1911-1990), Russian-American
Arthur Berger (1912-2003), American
John Cage (1912-1992), American
Jean Françaix (1912-1997), French
Peggy Glanville-Hicks (1912-1990), Australian
Conlon Nancarrow (1912-1997), American
David Raksin (1912-2004), American
Benjamin Britten  (1913- 1976), English
Norman Dello Joio (1913-2008), American
Witold Lutosławski  (1913-1994), Polish
John Weinzweig (1913-2006), Canadian
Andrzej Panufnik (1914-1991), Polish
Douglas Lilburn (1915-2001), Australian
Carlos Surinach (1915-1997), Spanish-American
Milton Babbitt (1916-2011), American
Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013), French
Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983), Argentinian
Lou Harrison (1917-2003), American
Isang Yun  (1917-1995), Korean-German
Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), American
George Rochberg (1918-2005), American
Bülent Arel (1919-1990), Turkish
Mieczysław Weinberg (1919-1996), Soviet/Russian
Dave Brubeck (1920-2012), American
Earl Kim (1920-1998), American
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992), Argentinian
Karel Husa (1921-     ), Czech-American
Douglas Townsend (1921-2012), American
Elmer Bernstein (1922-2004), American
Kazimierz Serocki (1922-1981), Polish
Iannis Xenakis  (1922-     ), Greek
György Ligeti  (1923-2006), Hungarian
Maurice Jarre (1924-2009), French
Benjamin Lees (1924-2010), American
Luigi Nono (1924-1990), Italian
Leonard Rosenman (1924-2008), American
Ruth Schönthal (1924-2006), German-American
Robert Starer (1924-2001), Austrian-American
Luciano Berio  (1925-2003), Italian
Pierre Boulez (1925-     ), French
Harry Somers (1925-1999), Canadian
Mikis Theodorakis (1925-     ), Greek

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born . . . 1926 - 1950
Earle Brown (1926-2002), American
Manuel Enríquez (1926-1994), Mexican
Morton Feldman (1926-1987), American
György Kurtág (1926-     ), Hungarian
Clermont Pépin (1926-2006), Canadian
Marga Richter (1926-    ), American
David Tudor (1926-1996), American
Dominick Argento (1927-    ), American
Pierre Henry (1927-    ), French
Richard Maxfield (1927-1969), American
Samuel Adler (1928-     ), American
Tadeusz Baird (1928-1981), Polish
Jacob Druckman (1928-1996), American
John Duffy (1928-    ), American
Karl Korte (1928-     ), American
Ennio Morricone (1928-     ), Italian
Thea Musgrave (1928-     ), Scottish
Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-     ), Finnish
Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007), German
George Crumb  (1929-     ), American
Jerry Goldsmith (1929-2004), American
Charles Knox (1929-     ), American
Robert Muczynski (1929-2010), American
Peter Sculthorpe (1929-     ), Australian
David Amram (1930-     ), American
Jacqueline Fontyn (1930-    ), Belgian
Tōru Takemitsu  (1930-1996), Japanese
Nancy Van de Vate (1930-    ), American
Nancy Bloomer Deussen (1931-    ), American
Sofia Gubaidulina (1931-     ), Russian
Mauricio Kagel (1931-2008), German-Argentine
Alvin Lucier (1931-    ), American
François Bayle (1932-    ), Madagascar/French
Michael Colgrass (1932-     ), American
Wojciech Kilar (1932-     ), Polish
Henri Lazarof (1932-     ), Bulgarian-American
Michel Legrand (1932-     ), French
John Williams  (1932-     ), American
John Barry (1933-2011), English
John H. Beck (1933-     ), American
Seóirse Bodley (1933-     ), Irish
Henryk Górecki  (1933-2010), Polish
Krystof Penderecki  (1933-     ), Polish
R. Murray Schafer (1933-     ), Canadian
Morton Subotnick (1933-     ), American
Ton Bruynèl (1934-1998) , Dutch
Mario Davidovsky (1934-    ), Argentine-American
William Mathias (1934-1992), Welch
Peter Maxwell Davies (1934-     ), British
Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998), Russian-Soviet
Christian Wolff (1934-     ), American
Giya Kancheli (1935-     ), Soviet-Georgian
Arvo Pärt  (1935-     ), Estonian
Mitchell Peters (1935-     ), American
Terry Riley (1935-     ), American
Aulis Sallinen (1935-     ), Finnish
Peter Schickele (1935-     ), American
Kurt Schwertsik (1935-    ), Austrian
Richard Rodney Bennett (1936-     ), English
Cornelius Cardew (1936-1981), English
Steve Reich  (1936-     ), American
Vivian Adelberg Rudow (1936-     ), American
Elliott Schwartz (1936-     ), American
Keiko Abe (1937-     ), Japanese
Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001), English
Brian Fennelly (1937-    ), American
Philip Glass  (1937-     ), American
Benjamín Gutiérrez (1937-     ), Costa Rican
Katherine Hoover (1937-    ), American
Nikolai Kapustin (1937-    ), Soviet-Russian
Ann Southam (1937-2010), Canadian
Elizabeth R. Austin (1938-    ), American
William Bolcom (1938-     ), American
Gloria Coates (1938-     ), American
John Corigliano  (1938-     ), American
Corneliu Dan Georgescu (1938-    ), Romanian
John Harbison  (1938-     ), American
Jacques Hétu (1938-2010), Canadian
Frederic Rzewski (1938-     ), American
Joan Tower (1938-     ), American
Charles Wuorinen (1938-     ), American
Jeanine Yeager (1938-    ), American
Hubert Bird (1939-     ), American
Leo Brouwer (1939-     ), Cuban
Don Dilworth (1939-    ), American
Jonathan Harvey (1939-2012), British
Eugénie Rocherolle (1939-    ), American
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich  (1939-     ), American
Margaret Brouwer (1940 -    ), American
Eleanor Hovda (1940-2009), American
Frank Zappa (1940-1993), American
Adrienne Albert (1941-    ), American
Stephen Albert (1941-92), American
Johannes Fritsch (1941-     ), German
Rudolf Růžička (1941-    ), Czech
Elizabeth Vercoe (1941-    ), American
Gillian Whitehead (1941-    ), New Zealand
Brian Cherney (1942-     ), Canadian
Ulf Grahn (1942-    ), Swedish
Chinary Ung (1942-    ), Cambodian
Tania León (1943-    ), Cuban
David Maslanka (1943-    ), American
Gay Pearson (1943-     ), American
Marta Ptaszyńska (1943-    ), Polish-American
Joseph Schwantner (1943-     ), American
Alice Shields (1943-    ), American
Karl Jenkins (1944-     ), Welsh
Michael Nyman  (1944-     ), British
John Rea (1944-    ), Canadian
John Tavener  (1944-     ), British
Robert Vandall (1944-     ), American
Carol Klose (1945-2013), American
John Rutter  (1945-     ), British
Laurie Spiegel (1945-    ), American
Judith Zaimont (1945-     ), American
David Avshalomov (1946-    ), American
Bill Cahn (1946-     ), American
Lynn Glassock (1946-    ), American
Gérard Grisey (1946-1998), French
Peter Lieberson (1946-     ), American
Howard Shore (1946-    ), Canadian
Marilyn Shrude (1946-    ), American
Richard St. Clair (1946-     ), American
Harold Stover (1946-     ), American
Pēteris Vasks (1946-    ), Latvian
Joelle Wallach (1946-    ), American
John Adams  (1947-     ), American
Don Freund (1947-     ), American
David Gillingham (1947-    ), American
Michael Horwood (1947-     ), Canadian-American
Mary Leaf (1947-    ), American
William Ortiz-Alvarado (1947-    ), Puerto Rican
Paul Schoenfield (1947-     ), American
Hilary Tann (1947-    ), Welsh
Barry Truax (1947-     ), Canadian
Joseph Turrin (1947-    ), American
Gwyneth Walker (1947-     ), American
Claude Baker (1948-    ), American
Max Lifchitz (1948-    ), Mexican
Marjan Mozetich (1948-    ), Canadian
Robert Schultz (1948-    ), American
Bernadette Speach (1948-     ), American
Ayser Vançin (1948-     ), Turkish
James Barnes (1949-     ), American
Dennis Báthory-Kitsz (1949-     ), American
Dan Locklair (1949-     ), American
Stephen Paulus (1949-     ), American
Shulamit Ran (1949-     ), Israeli-American
Christopher Rouse (1949-    ), American
Fred Frith (1949-    ), English
Alexina Louie (1949-    ), Canadian
John Newell (1949-    ), American
Judith Shatin (1949-    ), American
Steven Stucky (1949-     ), American
Kevin Volans (1949-     ), South African
Meira Warshauer (1949-    ), American
Rain Worthington (1949-    ), American
Beth Anderson (1950-    ), American
Tony Caramia (1950-    ), American
Tom Flaherty (1950-    ), American
Barbara Harbach (1950-     ), American
Libby Larsen (1950-     ), American
Boris Levenberg (1950-     ), Israeli
Arturo Márquez (1950-    ), Mexican
Bill Matthews (1950-     ), American
Michael Schelle (1950-    ), American
Alan Silvestri (1950-    ), American
Lepo Sumera (1950-2000), Estonian

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born . . . 1951 - 1975
Jesse Ayers (1951-    ), American
Philip Carlsen (1951-     ), American
Stephen Cohn (1951-    ), American
Guus Janssen (1951-     ), Dutch
Cecilia McDowall (1951-    ), English
Edwin McLean (1951-    ), American
George Tsontakis (1951-    ), American
Alejandro Viñao (1951-    ), Argentinian
Robert Wendel (1951-     ), American
Lee Actor (1952-    ), American
Tina Davidson (1952-    ), American
Richard Einhorn (1952-     ), American
Robert Gans (1952-     ), American
David Glaser (1952-     ), American
Stephen Hartke (1952-     ), American
Lee Hyla (1952-     ), American
Qu Xiao-Song (1952-     ), Chinese
Wolfgang Rihm (1952-     ), German
Ney Rosauro (1952-     ), Brazilian
Steven Rosenhaus (1952-    ), American
Kaija Saariaho (1952-     ), Finnish
Reza Vali (1952-     ), Iranian
John Luther Adams (1953-    ), American
Elizabeth Brown (1953-    ), American
Danny Elfman (1953-    ), American
David Felder (1953-     ), American
Orlando Gough (1953-    ), British
Stan Grill (1953-    ), American
Christos Hatzis (1953-    ), Greek-Canadian
Joel Hoffman (1953-     ), Canadian
Phil Kline (1953-     ), American
Giorgio Koukl (1953-    ), Czech
Anne LeBaron (1953-    ), American
Sorin Lerescu (1953-    ), Romanian
Tod Machover (1953-     ), American
Cindy McTee (1953-    ), American
Miguel Roig-Francolí (1953-     ), Spanish-American
Chen Yi (1953-     ), Chinsese
Zhou Long (1953-    ), Chinese
Robert Beaser (1954-    ), American
Michael Daugherty (1954-     ), American
Eric Ewazen (1954-    ), American
Ge Gan-ru (1954-     ), Chinese
Gary Kulesha (1954-    ), Canadian
Ofer Ben-Amots (1955-    ), Israeli-American
Philippe Hurel (1955-    ), French
Alberto Iglesias (1955-     ), Spanish
Behzad Ranjbaran (1955-      ), Iranian
Tracey Rush (1955-    ), American
Bright Sheng (1955-     ), Chinese
Javier Alvarez (1956-    ), Mexican
Richard Danielpour (1956-     ), American
Daniel Dorff (1956-      ), American
Michael Gordon (1956-     ), American
Mark Gresham (1956-    ), American
Nancy Gunn (1956-     ), American
Graeme Koehne (1956-    ), Australian
Andrew List (1956-     ), American
Christopher John Marshall (1956-    ), New Zealander
David Sartor (1956-    ), American
Kile Smith (1956-    ), American
Greg Bartholomew (1957-     ), American
Douglas Knehans (1957-    ), American-Australian
David Lang (1957-    ), American
Paul Moravec (1957-     ), American
Kristin Norderval (1957-     ), American
Tan Dun (1957-     ), Chinese
Melinda Wagner (1957-    ), American
Michael Glenn Williams (1957-    ), American
Gernot Wolfgang (1957-     ), Austrian-American
Hans Zimmer (1957-     ), German
Iva Bittová (1958-     ), Czech
Mark Ford (1958-     ), American
Juliana Hall (1958-     ), American
Magnus Lindberg (1958-     ), Finnish
Zbyněk Matějů (1958-    ), Czech
Robert McCauley (1958-     ), American
David Rakowski (1958), American
Frank Ticheli (1958-    ), American
Julia Wolfe (1958-     ), American
Brad Ciechomski (1959-    ), American
Sebastian Currier (1959-    ), American
Lawrence Dillon (1959-    ), American
Elaine Fine (1959-     ), American
Gregory Hall (1959-     ), American
Christopher J. Hoh (1959-     ), American
James MacMillan (1959-    ), Scottish
Steve Martland (1959-     ), English
Tom Myron (1959-     ), American
Stella Sung (1959-     ), American
Beth Wiemann (1959-     ), American
Evan Ziporyn (1959-     ), American
Osvaldo Golijov (1960-    ), Argentine
Annie Gosfield (1960-     ), American
Karl Henning (1960-     ), American
Lance Hulme (1960-    ), American
Pertti Jalava (1960-    ), Finnish
Aaron Jay Kernis (1960-     ), American
Jennifer Linn (1960-    ), American
Rachel Portman (1960-    ), British
António Chagas Rosa (1960-    ), Portuguese
Mark-Anthony Turnage (1960-     ), English
Mario Verandi (1960-     ), Argentinian
Frances White (1960-     ), American
Richard O. Burdick (1961-     ), American
Matthew H. Fields. (1961-    ), American
David Gaines (1961-    ), American
Daron Hagen (1961-     ), American
Elizabeth Hoffman (1961-     ), American
Lowell Liebermann (1961-     ), American
Timothy Miller (1961-    ), American
Emmanuel Séjourné (1961-    ), French
Karen Tanaka (1961-    ), Japanese
Michael Torke (1961-    ), American
Susan Botti (1962-    ), American
Jonathan Elliott (1962-    ), American
Jennifer Higdon (1962-     ), American
Joseph Klein (1962-    ), American
Alexandros Mouzas  (1962-     ), Greek
Bruce Roter (1962-    ), American
Andersen Viana (1962-    ), Brazilian
Elena Ruehr (1963-    ), American
Gia Comolli (1965-     ), American
Anna-Lena Laurin (1962-    ), Swedish
Alex Shapiro (1962-    ), American
Manuel Rocha Iturbide (1963-    ), Mexican
Ash Madni (1963?-    ), Indian-British
Ann Millikan (1963-    ), American
Federico Schumacher (1963-    ), Chilean
Edson Zampronha (1963-    ), Brazilian
George Grella (1964-     ), American
Augusta Read Thomas (1964-     ), American
Ted Vives (1964-     ), American
Tamar Muskal (1965-    ), Israeli-American
Charlotte Seither (1965-     ), German
Anna Weesner (1965-     ), American
Barbara White (1965-    ), American
Daniel David Feinsmith (1966-     ), American
Jonathan Golove (1966-     ), American
Dorothy Hindman (1966-     ), American
Marc Mellits (1966-    ), American
Don Pride (1966-    ), American
John Psathas (1966-     ), New Zealander
Derek Bermel (1967-     ), American
Alexandra Gardner (1967-    ), American
Pierre Jalbert (1967-     ), American
Juliet Kiri Palmer (1967-    ), New Zealand-Canadian
Kawai Shiu (1967-    ), Chinese
Christopher Theofanidis (1967-     ), American
Régis Campo (1968-    ), French
Gareth Farr (1968-     ), New Zealander
Geoffrey Gordon (1968-    ), American
Anna Ignatowicz-Glinska (1968-    ), Polish
Ramon Lazkano (1968-    ), Spanish Basque
Paweł Łukaszewski (1968-    ), Polish
Olga Neuwirth (1968-    ), Austrian
Roxanna Panufnik (1968-    ), British
Victoria Borisova-Ollas (1969-     ), Russian
Dmitri Tymoczko (1969-     ), American
Karim Al-Zand (1970-     ), Canadian-American
Karen Amrhein (1970-     ), American
Robert Bradshaw (1970-     ), American
Tarik Ghiradella (1970-     ), American
James Matheson (1970-     ), American
Daniel Sonenberg (1970-     ), American
Ken Ueno (1970-     ), American
Michel van der Aa (1970-    ), Netherlands
Aleksandra Vrebalov (1970-     ), Serbian
Stefan Weisman (1970-    ), American
Eric Whitacre (1970-    ), American
Thomas Adès (1971-     ), English
Ezio Bosso (1971-     ), Italian
Michael Rose (1971-     ), American
Gabriela Lena Frank (1972-    ), American
Rocco Havelaar (1972-    ), Dutch
Amy Beth Kirsten (1972-    ), American
Kevin Puts (1972-    ), American
Robert David Rusconi (1972-    ), Italian-British
Albert Schnelzer (1972-    ), Swedish
Ruth Wiesenfeld (1972-     ), German
Kenji Bunch (1973-    ), American
Da Jeong Choi (1973-    ), Korean
Patrício da Silva (1973-    ), Portuguese
Tansy Davies (1973-     ), British
Nicole Lizée (1973-    ), Canadian
Amy Scurria (1973-     ), American
Vineet Shende (1973-    ), American
Paul Witney (1973-    ), Australian
Delvyn Case (1974-    ), American
Young-Shin Choi (1974-    ), Korean
Edward Ficklin (1974-    ), American
Dean Rosenthal (1974-     ), American
Heather Schmidt (1974-     ), Canadian
Rune Søchting (1974-     ), Danish
Dalit Warshaw (1974-     ), American
Kati Agócs (1975-    ), Canadian
Oscar Carmona (1975-     ), Chilean
Jon Forshee (1975-    ), American
Vivian Fung (1975-    ), Canadian
Vincent Ho (1975-     ), Canadian
Mikael Karlsson (1975-     ), Swedish
Stefan Klaverdal (1975-    ), Swedish
Nathan Kolosko (1975-     ), American
David Morneau (1975-    ), American
Robert Rival (1975-    ), Canadian

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born . . . 1976 - 
Svitlana Azarova (1976-    ), Ukrainian
Kinan Azmeh (1976-    ), Syrian
David Fennessy (1976-     ), Irish
Mirjam Tally (1976-     ), Estonian
Mason Bates (1977-     ), American
Cheng Chin Man (1977-     ), Chinese
Joshua DeScherer (1977-     ), American
Todd Goodman (1977-     ), American
Maija Hynninen (1977-     ), Finnish
Eli Marshall (1977-     ), American
Kala Pierson (1977-     ), Amercian
Gyan Riley (1977-    ), American
Andrew Staniland (1977-    ), Canadian
J. Anthony Allen (1978-   ), American
Robin Jellis (1978-     ), American
David T. Little (1978-    ), American
Anna Meredith (1978-    ), British
Bojana Šaljić-Podešva (1978-    ), Slovenian
Judd Greenstein (1979-    ), American
Ricardo Romaneiro (1979-    ), Brazilian
John Aylward (1980-    ), American
Elliott Bark (1980-    ), Korean-American
Missy Mazzoli (1980-    ), American
Edward Wright (1980-    ), English
Jakub Ciupinski (1981-    ), Polish
Alexandra Fol (1981-    ), Bulgarian
Ryan Anthony Francis (1981-    ), American
Joni Greene (1981-    ), American
Nico Muhly (1981-     ), American
Andrew McPherson (1982-    ), American
Elizaveta Sanicheva (1982-     ), Russian
David Skidmore (1982-     ), American
Jeni Hawkswell (1983-    ), British
Tan Hainu (1983-    ), Chinese-American
Paola Lopreiato (1983-    ), Italian
Patrick Harlin (1984-     ), American
Sarah Horick (1984-     ), American
Inhyun Kim (1985-    ), South Korean-American
Dan Tramte (1985-    ), American

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Contemporary Composers  -  A Chonological List
Born . . .   1850 - 1875      1876 - 1900      1901 - 1925      1926 - 1950      1951 - 1975      1976 -    
 
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And you can find more composer listings at:

Contemporary Composers  -  An Alphabetical List

Contemporary Composers  -  Continued . . .

Composers in Selected States

Film Composers

Award Winning Composers

Contemporary Composer Collectives and Associations
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Contemporary Composers  -  An Alphabetical List
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Keiko Abe (1937-     ), Japanese
Lee Actor (1952-    ), American
John Adams  (1947-     ), American
John Luther Adams (1953-    ), American
Richard Addinsell (1904-1977), British
Thomas Adès (1971-     ), English
Samuel Adler (1928-     ), American
Kati Agócs (1975-    ), Canadian
Adrienne Albert (1941-    ), American
Stephen Albert (1941-92), American
J. Anthony Allen (1978-   ), American
Javier Alvarez (1956-    ), Mexican
Karim Al-Zand (1970-     ), Canadian-American
David Amram (1930-     ), American
Karen Amrhein (1970-     ), American
Beth Anderson (1950-    ), American
Leroy Anderson  (1908-1975), American
George Antheil (1900-1959), American
Bülent Arel (1919-1990), Turkish
Dominick Argento (1927-    ), American
Georges Auric (1899-1983), French
Elizabeth R. Austin (1938-    ), American
David Avshalomov (1946-    ), American
Jesse Ayers (1951-    ), American
John Aylward (1980-    ), American
Svitlana Azarova (1976-    ), Ukrainian
Kinan Azmeh (1976-    ), Syrian

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Milton Babbitt (1916-2011), American
Grażyna Bacewicz (1909-1969), Polish
Ernst Bacon (1898-1990), American
Tadeusz Baird (1928-1981), Polish
Claude Baker (1948-    ), American
Samuel Barber (1910-1981), American
Elliott Bark (1980-    ), Korean-American
James Barnes (1949-     ), American
John Barry (1933-2011), English
Greg Bartholomew (1957-     ), American
Béla Bartók (1881-1945), Hungarian
Mason Bates (1977-     ), American
Dennis Báthory-Kitsz (1949-     ), American
Marion Bauer (1882-1955), American
François Bayle (1932-    ), Madagascar/French
Robert Beaser (1954-    ), American
John H. Beck (1933-     ), American
Ofer Ben-Amots (1955-    ), Israeli-American
Richard Rodney Bennett (1936-     ), English
Robert Russell Bennett (1894-1981), American
Alban Berg (1885-1935), Austrian
Arthur Berger (1912-2003), American
Luciano Berio  (1925-2003), Italian
Derek Bermel (1967-     ), American
Elmer Bernstein (1922-2004), American
Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), American
Hubert Bird (1939-     ), American
Iva Bittová (1958-     ), Czech
Ernest Bloch (1880-1959), Swiss-American
Seóirse Bodley (1933-     ), Irish
William Bolcom (1938-     ), American
Victoria Borisova-Ollas (1969-     ), Russian
Ezio Bosso (1971-     ), Italian
Susan Botti (1962-    ), American
Pierre Boulez (1925-     ), French
Robert Bradshaw (1970-     ), American
Benjamin Britten  (1913-1976), English
Leo Brouwer (1939-     ), Cuban
Margaret Brouwer (1940 -    ), American
Earle Brown (1926-2002), American
Elizabeth Brown (1953-    ), American
Dave Brubeck (1920-2012), American
Ton Bruynèl (1934-1998) , Dutch
Kenji Bunch (1973-    ), American
Richard O. Burdick (1961-     ), American

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John Cage (1912-1992), American
Bill Cahn (1946-     ), American
André Caplet (1878-1925), French
Cornelius Cardew (1936-1981), English
Philip Carlsen (1951-     ), American
Régis Campo (1968-    ), French
Tony Caramia (1950-    ), American
Oscar Carmona (1975-     ), Chilean
Elliott Carter (1908-2012), American
Delvyn Case (1974-    ), American
Alfredo Casella (1883-1947), Italian
António Chagas Rosa (1960-    ), Portuguese
Carlos Chávez (1899-1978), Mexican
Chen Yi (1953-     ), Chinsese
Cheng Chin Man (1977-     ), Chinese
Brian Cherney (1942-     ), Canadian
Da Jeong Choi (1973-    ), Korean
Young-Shin Choi (1974-    ), Korean
Brad Ciechomski (1959-    ), American
Jakub Ciupinski (1981-    ), Polish
Gloria Coates (1938-     ), American
Stephen Cohn, American
Michael Colgrass (1932-     ), American
Gia Comolli (1965-     ), American
Aaron Copland  (1900-1990), American
John Corigliano  (1938-     ), American
Jean Coulthard (1908-2000), Canadian
Henry Cowell (1897-1965), American
Ruth Crawford  -  see  Ruth Crawford Seeger
George Crumb  (1929-     ), American
Sebastian Currier (1959-    ), American

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Luigi Dallapiccola (1904-1975), Italian
Patrício da Silva (1973-    ), Portuguese
Richard Danielpour (1956-     ), American

Michael Daugherty (1954-     ), American
Mario Davidovsky (1934-    ), Argentine-American
Tina Davidson (1952-    ), American
Tansy Davies (1973-     ), British
Peter Maxwell Davies (1934-     ), British  -  see "Maxwell Davies"  here
Claude Debussy (1862-1918), French
Norman Dello Joio (1913-2008), American
Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001), English
Joshua DeScherer (1977-     ), American
Nancy Bloomer Deussen (1931-    ), American
Lawrence Dillon (1959-    ), American
Don Dilworth (1939-    ), American
Daniel Dorff (1956-      ), American
Jacob Druckman (1928-1996), American
John Duffy (1928-    ), American
Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013), French

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Richard Einhorn (1952-     ), American
Danny Elfman (1953-    ), American
Heino Eller (1887-1970), Estonian
Jonathan Elliott (1962-    ), American
Manuel Enríquez (1926-1994), Mexican
Eric Ewazen (1954-    ), American

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Manuel de Falla (1876-1946), Spanish
Gareth Farr (1968-     ), New Zealander
Daniel David Feinsmith (1966-     ), American
David Felder (1953-     ), American
Morton Feldman (1926-1987), American
Brian Fennelly (1937-    ), American
David Fennessy (1976-     ), Irish
Edward Ficklin (1974-    ), American
Matthew H. Fields (1961-    ), American
Elaine Fine (1959-     ), American
Gerald Finzi (1901-1956), English
Tom Flaherty (1950-    ), American
Alexandra Fol (1981-    ), Bulgarian
Jacqueline Fontyn (1930-    ), Belgian
Mark Ford (1958-     ), American
Jon Forshee (1975-    ), American
Jean Françaix (1912-1997), French
Ryan Anthony Francis (1981-    ), American
Gabriela Lena Frank (1972-    ), American
Don Freund (1947-     ), American
Fred Frith (1949-    ), English
Johannes Fritsch (1941-     ), German
Vivian Fung (1975-    ), Canadian

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David Gaines (1961-    ), American
Robert Gans (1952-     ), American
Ge Gan-ru (1954-     ), Chinese
Alexandra Gardner (1967-    ), American
Corneliu Dan Georgescu (1938-    ), Romanian
George Gershwin  (1898-1937), American
Tarik Ghiradella (1970-     ), American
Miriam Gideon (1906-1996), American
David Gillingham (1947-    ), American
Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983), Argentinian
Peggy Glanville-Hicks (1912-1990), Australian
David Glaser (1952-     ), American
Philip Glass  (1937-     ), American
Lynn Glassock (1946-    ), American
Jerry Goldsmith (1929-2004), American
Osvaldo Golijov (1960-    ), Argentine
Jonathan Golove (1966-     ), American
Todd Goodman (1977-     ), American
Geoffrey Gordon (1968-    ), American
Michael Gordon (1956-     ), American
Henryk Górecki  (1933-2010), Polish
Annie Gosfield (1960-     ), American
Orlando Gough (1953-    ), British
Ulf Grahn (1942-    ), Swedish
Percy Grainger (1882-1961), Australian-American
Joni Greene (1981-    ), American
Judd Greenstein (1979-    ), American
George Grella (1964-     ), American
Mark Gresham (1956-    ), American
Stan Grill (1953-    ), American
Gérard Grisey (1946-1998), French
Ferde Grofé (1892-1972), American
M. Camargo Guarnieri (1907-1993), Brazilian
Sofia Gubaidulina (1931-     ), Russian
Nancy Gunn (1956-     ), American
Benjamín Gutiérrez (1937-     ), Costa Rican

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Daron Hagen (1961-     ), American
Gregory Hall (1959-     ), American
Juliana Hall (1958-     ), American
Howard Hanson (1896-1981), American
Barbara Harbach (1950-     ), American
John Harbison  (1938-     ), American
Patrick Harlin (1984-     ), American
Roy Harris (1898-1979), American
Lou Harrison (1917-2003), American
Stephen Hartke (1952-     ), American
Jonathan Harvey (1939-2012), British
Christos Hatzis (1953-    ), Greek-Canadian
Rocco Havelaar (1972-    ), Dutch
Jeni Hawkswell (1983-    ), British
Karl Henning (1960-     ), American
Pierre Henry (1927-    ), French
Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975), American
Jacques Hétu (1938-2010), Canadian
Jennifer Higdon (1962-     ), American
Paul Hindemith (1895-1963), German
Dorothy Hindman (1966-     ), American
Vincent Ho (1975-     ), Canadian
Elizabeth Hoffman (1961-     ), American
Joel Hoffman (1953-     ), Canadian
Christopher J. Hoh (1959-     ), American
Gustav Holst (1874-1934), English
Arthur Honegger (1892-1955), Swiss
Katherine Hoover (1937-    ), American
Sarah Horick (1984-     ), American
Michael Horwood (1947-     ), Canadian-American
Eleanor Hovda (1940-2009), American
Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000), Armenian-American
Lance Hulme (1960-    ), American
Philippe Hurel (1955-    ), French
Karel Husa (1921-     ), Czech-American
Lee Hyla (1952-     ), American
Maija Hynninen (1977-     ), Finnish

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Jacques Ibert (1890-1962), French
Alberto Iglesias (1955-     ), Spanish
Anna Ignatowicz-Glinska (1968-    ), Polish
Manuel Rocha Iturbide (1963-    ), Mexican
Charles Ives (1874-1954), American

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Pertti Jalava (1960-    ), Finnish
Pierre Jalbert (1967-     ), American
Guus Janssen (1951-     ), Dutch
Maurice Jarre (1924-2009), French
Leos Janácek (1854-1928), Czech
Robin Jellis (1978-     ), American
Karl Jenkins (1944-     ), Welsh
André Jolivet (1905-1974), French
Scott Joplin (1868-1917), American

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Dmitry Kabalevsky (1904-1987), Soviet-Russian
Mauricio Kagel (1931-2008), German-Argentine
Giya Kancheli (1935-     ), Soviet-Georgian
Nikolai Kapustin (1937-    ), Soviet-Russian
Mikael Karlsson (1975-     ), Swedish
Kawai Shiu (1967-    ), Chinese
Aaron Jay Kernis (1960-     ), American
Wojciech Kilar (1932-     ), Polish
Earl Kim (1920-1998), American
Inhyun Kim (1985-    ), South Korean-American
Amy Beth Kirsten (1972-    ), American
Stefan Klaverdal (1975-    ), Swedish
Joseph Klein (1962-    ), American
Phil Kline (1953-     ), American
Carol Klose (1945-2013), American
Douglas Knehans (1957-    ), American-Australian
Charles Knox (1929-     ), American
Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967), Hungarian
Graeme Koehne (1956-    ), Australian
Nathan Kolosko (1975-     ), American
Erich Wolfgang  Korngold  (1897-1957), Austrian
Karl Korte (1928-     ), American
Giorgio Koukl (1953-    ), Czech
Gary Kulesha (1954-    ), Canadian
György Kurtág (1926-     ), Hungarian

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David Lang (1957-    ), American
Jean Langlais (1907-1991), French
Libby Larsen (1950-     ), American
Anna-Lena Laurin (1962-    ), Swedish
Henri Lazarof (1932-     ), Bulgarian-American
Ramon Lazkano (1968-    ), Spanish Basque
Mary Leaf (1947-    ), American
 Anne LeBaron (1953-    ), American
Benjamin Lees (1924-2010), American
Michel Legrand (1932-     ), French
Jon Leifs (1899-1968), Icelandic
Tania León (1943-    ), Cuban
Sorin Lerescu (1953-    ), Romanian
Boris Levenberg (1950-     ), Israeli
Lowell Liebermann (1961-     ), American
Peter Lieberson (1946-     ), American
Max Lifchitz (1948-    ), Mexican
György Ligeti  (1923-2006), Hungarian
Douglas Lilburn (1915-2001), Australian
Magnus Lindberg (1958-     ), Finnish
Jennifer Linn (1960-    ), American
Andrew List (1956-     ), American
David T. Little (1978-    ), American
Nicole Lizée (1973-    ), Canadian
Dan Locklair (1949-     ), American
Paola Lopreiato (1983-    ), Italian
Alexina Louie (1949-    ), Canadian
Alvin Lucier (1931-    ), American
Otto Luening (1900-1996), American
Paweł Łukaszewski (1968-    ), Polish
Witold Lutosławski  (1913-1994), Polish

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Tod Machover (1953-     ), American
James MacMillan (1959-    ), Scottish
Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-1994), English
Ash Madni (1963?-    ), Indian-British
Christopher John Marshall (1956-    ), New Zealander
Eli Marshall (1977-     ), American
Arturo Márquez (1950-    ), Mexican
Steve Martland (1959-     ), English
Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959), Czech
David Maslanka (1943-    ), American
Zbyněk Matějů (1958-    ), Czech
James Matheson (1970-     ), American
William Mathias (1934-1992), Welch
Bill Matthews (1950-     ), American
Richard Maxfield (1927-1969), American
Peter Maxwell Davies (1934-     ), British
Missy Mazzoli (1980-    ), American
Robert McCauley (1958-     ), American
Cecilia McDowall (1951-    ), English
Edwin McLean (1951-    ), American
Colin McPhee (1900-1964), Canadian-American
Andrew McPherson (1982-    ), American
Cindy McTee (1953-    ), American
Marc Mellits (1966-    ), American
Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007), Italian-American
Anna Meredith (1978-    ), British
Olivier Messiaen  (1908-1992), French
Darius Milhaud (1892-1974), French
Timothy Miller (1961-    ), American
Ann Millikan (1963-    ), American
Paul Moravec (1957-     ), American
David Morneau (1975-    ), American
Ennio Morricone (1928-     ), Italian
Alexandros Mouzas  (1962-     ), Greek
Marjan Mozetich (1948-    ), Canadian
Robert Muczynski (1929-2010), American
Nico Muhly (1981-     ), American
Thea Musgrave (1928-     ), Scottish
Tamar Muskal (1965-    ), Israeli-American
Tom Myron (1959-     ), American

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Conlon Nancarrow (1912-1997), American
Olga Neuwirth (1968-    ), Austrian
John Newell (1949-    ), American
Alfred Newman (1901-1970), American
Carl Nielsen (1865-1931), Danish
Luigi Nono (1924-1990), Italian
Kristin Norderval (1957-     ), American
Alex North (1910-1991), American
Michael Nyman  (1944-     ), British

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Carl Orff (1895-1982), German
William Ortiz-Alvarado (1947-    ), Puerto Rican

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Juliet Kiri Palmer (1967-    ), New Zealand-Canadian
Andrzej Panufnik (1914-1991), Polish
Roxanna Panufnik (1968-    ), British
Arvo Pärt  (1935-     ), Estonian
Harry Partch  (1901-1974), American
Stephen Paulus (1949-     ), American
Gay Pearson (1943-     ), American
Krystof Penderecki  (1933-     ), Polish
Clermont Pépin (1926-2006), Canadian
Mitchell Peters (1935-     ), American
Goffredo Petrassi (1904-2003), Italian
Allan Pettersson (1911-1980), Swedish
Ástor Piazzolla (1921-1992), Argentinian
Kala Pierson (1977-     ), Amercian
Walter Piston (1894-1976), American
Rachel Portman (1960-    ), British
Francis Poulenc (1899-1963), French
Don Pride (1966-    ), American
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953), Russian-Soviet
John Psathas (1966-     ), New Zealander
Marta Ptaszyńska (1943-    ), Polish-American
Kevin Puts (1972-    ), American

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Qu Xiao-Song (1952-     ), Chinese

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Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-     ), Finnish
David Rakowski (1958), American
David Raksin (1912-2004), American
Shulamit Ran (1949-     ), Israeli-American
Behzad Ranjbaran (1955-      ), Iranian
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), French
John Rea (1944-    ), Canadian
Vladimir Rebikov (1866-1920), Russian
Steve Reich  (1936-     ), American
Silvestre Revueltas (1899-1940), Mexican
Marga Richter (1926-    ), American
Wallingford Riegger (1885-1961), American
Wolfgang Rihm (1952-     ), German
Gyan Riley (1977-    ), American
Terry Riley (1935-     ), American
Robert Rival (1975-    ), Canadian
George Rochberg (1918-2005), American
Eugénie Rocherolle (1939-    ), American
Richard Rodgers  (1902-1979), American
Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999), Spanish
Miguel Roig-Francolí (1953-     ), Spanish-American
Ricardo Romaneiro (1979-    ), Brazilian
Ney Rosauro (1952-     ), Brazilian
Michael Rose (1971-     ), American
Steven Rosenhaus (1952-    ), American
Leonard Rosenman (1924-2008), American
Dean Rosenthal (1974-     ), American
Nino Rota (1911-1979), Italian
Bruce Roter (1962-    ), American
Christopher Rouse (1949-    ), American
Albert Roussel (1869-1937), French
Miklos Rozsa (1907-1995), Hungarian-American
Vivian Adelberg Rudow (1936-     ), American
Elena Ruehr (1963-    ), American
Carl Ruggles (1876-1971), American
Robert David Rusconi (1972-    ), Italian-British
Tracey Rush (1955-    ), American
John Rutter  (1945-     ), British
Rudolf Růžička (1941-    ), Czech
Frederic Rzewski (1938-     ), American

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Kaija Saariaho (1952-     ), Finnish
Bojana Šaljić-Podešva (1978-    ), Slovenian
Aulis Sallinen (1935-     ), Finnish
Elizaveta Sanicheva (1982-     ), Russian
David Sartor (1956-    ), American
Erik Satie (1866-1925), French
Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988), Italian
Pierre Schaeffer (1910-1995), French
R. Murray Schafer (1933-     ), Canadian
Michael Schelle (1950-    ), American
Peter Schickele (1935-     ), American
Heather Schmidt (1974-     ), Canadian
Albert Schnelzer (1972-    ), Swedish
Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998), Russian-Soviet
Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951), Austrian
Paul Schoenfield (1947-     ), American
Ruth Schönthal (1924-2006), German-American
Robert Schultz (1948-    ), American
Federico Schumacher (1963-    ), Chilean
William Schuman (1910-1992), American
Joseph Schwantner (1943-     ), American
Elliott Schwartz (1936-     ), American
Kurt Schwertsik (1935-    ), Austrian
Peter Sculthorpe (1929-     ), Australian
Amy Scurria (1973-     ), American
Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901-1953), American
Charlotte Seither (1965-     ), German
Emmanuel Séjourné (1961-    ), French
Kazimierz Serocki (1922-1981), Polish
Roger Sessions (1896-1985), American
Alex Shapiro (1962-    ), American
Judith Shatin (1949-    ), American
Vineet Shende (1973-    ), American
 Bright Sheng (1955-     ), Chinese
Alice Shields (1943-    ), American
Howard Shore (1946-    ), Canadian
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975), Soviet-Russian
Marilyn Shrude (1946-    ), American
Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), Finnish
Alan Silvestri (1950-    ), American
David Skidmore (1982-     ), American
Kile Smith (1956-    ), American
Rune Søchting (1974-     ), Danish
Harry Somers (1925-1999), Canadian
Daniel Sonenberg (1970-     ), American
Ann Southam (1937-2010), Canadian
Bernadette Speach (1948-     ), American
Max Steiner (1888-1971), Austrian-American
Laurie Spiegel (1945-    ), American
Richard St. Clair (1946-     ), American
Andrew Staniland (1977-    ), Canadian
Robert Starer (1924-2001), Austrian-American
Halsey Stevens (1908-1989), American
William Grant Still (1895-1978), American
Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007), German
Harold Stover (1946-     ), American
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), Russian
Steven Stucky (1949-     ), American
Morton Subotnick (1933-     ), American
Lepo Sumera (1950-2000), Estonian
Stella Sung (1959-     ), American
Carlos Surinach (1915-1997), Spanish-American

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Germaine Tailleferre (1892-1983), French
Tōru Takemitsu  (1930-1996), Japanese
Mirjam Tally (1976-     ), Estonian
Louise Talma (1906-1996), American
Tan Dun (1957-     ), Chinese
Tan Hainu (1983-    ), Chinese-American
Karen Tanaka (1961-    ), Japanese
Hilary Tann (1947-    ), Welsh
John Tavener  (1944-     ), British
Mikis Theodorakis (1925-     ), Greek
Christopher Theofanidis (1967-     ), American
Augusta Read Thomas (1964-     ), American
Randall Thompson (1899-1984), American
Virgil Thomson (1896-1989), American
Frank Ticheli (1958-    ), American
Dimitri Tiomkin (1894-1979),  Ukranian-American
Michael Tippett (1905-1998), English
Henri Tomasi (1901-1971), French
Michael Torke (1961-    ), American
Joan Tower (1938-     ), American
Douglas Townsend (1921-2012), American
Dan Tramte (1985-    ), American
Barry Truax (1947-     ), Canadian
George Tsontakis (1951-    ), American
David Tudor (1926-1996), American
Mark-Anthony Turnage (1960-     ), English
Joseph Turrin (1947-    ), American
Dmitri Tymoczko (1969-     ), American

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Ken Ueno (1970-     ), American
Chinary Ung (1942-    ), Cambodian
Vladimir Ussachevsky (1911-1990), Russian-American

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Reza Vali (1952-     ), Iranian
Nancy Van de Vate (1930-    ), American
Michel van der Aa (1970-    ), Netherlands
Ayser Vançin (1948-     ), Turkish
Robert Vandall (1944-     ), American
Edgard Varèse (1883-1965), American
Pēteris Vasks (1946-    ), Latvian
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), English
Mario Verandi (1960-     ), Argentinian
Elizabeth Vercoe (1941-    ), American
Andersen Viana (1962-    ), Brazilian
Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959), Brazilian
Alejandro Viñao (1951-    ), Argentinian
Ted Vives (1964-     ), American
Kevin Volans (1949-     ), South African
Aleksandra Vrebalov (1970-     ), Serbian

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Melinda Wagner (1957-    ), American
Gwyneth Walker (1947-     ), American
Joelle Wallach (1946-    ), American
William Walton  (1902-1983), British
Meira Warshauer (1949-    ), American
Dalit Warshaw (1974-     ), American
Franz Waxman (1906-1967), Jewish-German-American
Anton Webern (1883-1945), Austrian
Anna Weesner (1965-     ), American
Kurt Weill  (1900-1983), German
Mieczysław Weinberg (1919-1996), Soviet/Russian
John Weinzweig (1913-2006), Canadian
Stefan Weisman (1970-    ), American
Robert Wendel (1951-     ), American
Eric Whitacre (1970-    ), American
Barbara White (1965-    ), American
Frances White (1960-     ), American
Gillian Whitehead (1941-    ), New Zealand
Beth Wiemann (1959-     ), American
Ruth Wiesenfeld (1972-     ), German
John Williams  (1932-     ), American
Michael Glenn Williams (1957-    ), American
Paul Witney (1973-    ), Australian
Julia Wolfe (1958-     ), American
Christian Wolff (1934-     ), American
Gernot Wolfgang (1957-     ), Austrian-American
Stefan Wolpe (1902-1972), German/Jewish/American
Rain Worthington (1949-    ), American
Edward Wright (1980-    ), English
Charles Wuorinen (1938-     ), American

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Iannis Xenakis  (1922-     ), Greek

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Jeanine Yeager (1938-    ), American
Isang Yun  (1917-1995), Korean-German

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Judith Zaimont (1945-     ), American
Edson Zampronha (1963-    ), Brazilian
Frank Zappa (1940-1993), American
Zhou Long (1953-    ), Chinese
Hans Zimmer (1957-     ), German
Evan Ziporyn (1959-     ), American
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich  (1939-     ), American

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