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Kääriä, Jani
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24 Dec. 1969
Finland
 Kääriä won the Einojuhani Rautavaara Prize in 1998. Kääriä has written works for a variety of ensembles. His chamber music output includes the Piano Quintet Hohto (Glow, 1995), the String Quartet (1996) and Zen (1996) for chamber ensemble. His first orchestral work was the luscious Your color (1999) for chamber orchestra, followed by Per-Djet (The house of eternity) (2001) for large orchestra. His most extensive work to date is the opera Osiris (2000), commissioned by the Finnish National Opera and premiered at the Musica nova Helsinki festival in 2003
Kaasinen, Sari
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1967 Finnish singer and member of a folk band called Värttinä
Kabalevsky, Dmitri Borisovich
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30 Dec. 1904
St. Petersburg, Russia
16 Feb. 1987
Moscow, Russia
Russian pianist, writer, arranger and composer
Kabelac, Miloslav
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19081979a prominent Czech composer and conductor
Kabelis, Ricardas
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1957 Lithuanian composer
Kacinskas, Jeronimas
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17 Apr. 1907
Vidukle, Lithuania
15 Sep. 2005
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
composer, conductor and teacher, whose best known work, the Missa in Honorem Immaculati Cordis Beatae Mariae Virginis for soloists (1951), mixed choir, organ and brass, marries Gregorian chant and medieval organum with the atonality of his own style
Kacsoh, Pongrac
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1897
Budapest, Hungary
16 Dec. 1923
Budapest, Hungary
composer of Hungary's most popular operetta John the Hero, based on Petofi’s folk-tale epic of the same title. Entirely unknown abroad, the operetta uses popular Magyar song as its inspiration
Kaczmarek, Jan
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29 Apr. 1953
Konin, Poland
 his first success in the United States came in theatre. After composing striking scores for productions at Chicago's Goodman Theatre and Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum, Jan won an Obie and a Drama Desk Award for his music for the New York Shakespeare Festival's 1992 production of John Ford's Tis Pity She's A Whore, directed by JoAnne Akalaitis. In 2005 he won an Oscar for Best Original Score on Marc Forster's highly acclaimed film, Finding Neverland
Kadar, Matthias
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1977
Paris, France
 he studied with Christian Lauba in Bordeaux, France, and later with Theo Loevendie at the Conservatorium in Amsterdam and writes in a wide range of genres
Kadosa, Pál
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6 Sep. 1903
Léva, Hungary
30 Mar. 1983
Hungary
a leading Hungarian composer of the post-Bartók generation. His early style was influenced by Hungarian folklore while his later works were more toward Hindemith and expressively forceful idoms
Kagel, Mauricio Raúl
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24 Dec. 1931
Buenos Aires, Argentina
18 Sep. 2008
Cologne, Germany
composer, teacher, film-maker, playwright, Kagel was most famous for his interest in developing the theatrical side of musical performance
Kagenaar, Laurens
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1975
Haarlem, The Netherlands
 from 1994 to 2000, he studied electronic music at the institute for Sonology, graduating with an MA. He produces eclectic electronic pop music, and abstract electronic compositions
Kahn, Erich Itor
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23 Jul. 1905
Rimbach im Odenwald
5 Mar. 1956
New York, USA
German pianist and an important and original early serial composer
Kahn, Gus
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6 Nov. 1886
Koblenz, Germany
8 Oct. 1941
Beverly Hills, California, USA
Jewish-German-American musician, songwriter and lyricist of many hit songs including It Had To Be You (1924) and Makin' Whoopie (1928)
Kainz, (Leonard) Joseph
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17831813German school teacher, organist and composer who, together with Joseph Krottendorfer, provided material to complete the uncompleted requiem of Florian Leopold Gassmann whch remained in the repertory of the Hofburg chapel well into the first half of the 19th century
Kaila, Ilari
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15 Jan. 1978
Espoo, Finland
 studied composition at the Sibelius Academy with Kortekangas and Eero Hämeenniemi (from 1998), with Sheila Silver at State University of New York (from 2004) and Carnatic music at the Bhrdaddhvani institute in Chennai, India, December 2002 through January 2003, with professor K.D. Subramanian, She is curently based in New York
Kaipainen, Jouni
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24 Nov. 1956
Finland
 he has progressed from the spiky Modernism of the 1980s to a clearer, harmonically and sonorously softer language. His musical roots are in a brand of Expressionism going back to Alban Berg; in his early output, his music had rather acerbic tones, paralleling the expression and Post-Serialism of such composers as Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Pierre Boulez and Luciano Berio
Kaiser, Wollie
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1950s German multi-instrumentalist and composer, a founding member of the Köln Saxophone Mafia, one of Germany's leading experimental ensemble's for nearly two decades. Consisting of five reed players who double on an extremely wide array of instruments, the Köln Saxophone Mafia uses a unique blend of virtuosic compositions by its own members with an emphasis on improvisation. They have been pioneers in an area of performance that consistently warps the distinctions between avant guard jazz and contemporary "classical" music
Kaiser-Lindemann, Wilhelm
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21 Mar. 1940
Viersen/NRW
Germany
 German composer and arranger, with an interest in New Age and World Music. He composes for classical instruments and ensembles. His works include a Bajan Symphony (based on Asian music), a work in honour of Nelson Mandela for cello and percussion, and a work named Symphonic Meditations
Kajanus, Robert
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2 Dec. 1856
Helsinki, Finland
6 Jun. 1933
Helsinki, Finland
founder of the Helsinki Orchestra Society (now the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra), the latter being the first professional symphony orchestra in a Nordic country. His orchestral works are considered his best works; his chamber music works and most of his piano works are early works from his student days in the 1870s. He continued to write orchestral works later, although with the emergence of Sibelius in the 1890s Kajanus began to focus more on conducting. Kajanus was one of the first 'nationalist' composers. This was apparent in his choices of subject, as in Kullervon surumarssi (Kullervo's Funeral March, 1880) for orchestra, based on a topic from the Kalevala, and in his quoting of Finnish folk tunes as in the two pieces entitled Suomalainen rapsodia (Finnish Rhapsody, 1881, 1886). Kajanus's principal work is the tone poem Aino (1885), where a topic from the Kalevala merges with a Wagnerian chromatic idiom, with a male voice choir added at the end
Kakhidze, Vakhtang
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1959
Tiblisi, Georgia
 Georgian composer whose music exhibits strong emotions as well as gentle, highly aesthetic lyricism. He always seems to find brand-new, attractive combinations of simple, traditional harmonies
Kalabis, Viktor
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27 Feb. 1923
Czech Republic
 between 1953 and 1972 Kalabis worked as Music Director and Editor at the Czechoslovak Radio in Prague, but since 1972 has devoted himself solely to composition
Kalafati (or Kalaforti, Kalafaty), Vasily Pavovlich10 Feb. 1869
Evpatoriya, Greece
20 Jan. 1942
Leningrad, Russia
Greek-born composer
Kalaniemi, Maria
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1964
Finland
 Finnish accordionist and composer, originally classically trained, but who works mostly as a folk musician, having played this music from childhood, together with her classical music studies, and also at the folk music department of the Sibelius Academy
Kalas, Julius
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18 Aug. 190212 May 1967Czech composer known for his work on film scores
Kalhor, Kayhan
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1963
Tehran, Iran
 an Iranian kamancheh player of Kurdish descent. In 2004, two of his works were nominated for Grammy Awards. Kalhor consciously pins Persian classical music structures to the rich folk modes and melodies of Northern Khorasan, the cultural heart of historic Persia and a bridge to Central Asia
Kalimulin, Rashid
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1957
Zeienodonsk, Tartarstan
 he graduated from Kazan Conservatory in 1985 where he studied composition with B.Trubin, then completing a postgraduate degree (1987) with Professor V Luppovin. Kalimullin is an International Weber Competition Prize Winner (1987) who since 1989 has been the Chairman of Tatarstan Composer's Union
Kalinnikov, Vasily Sergeyevich
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13 Jan. 1866
Voina, Oryol, Russia
11 Jan. 1901
Yalta, Russia
Russian composer of two symphonies, several additional orchestral works and numerous songs, all of them imbued with characteristics of folksong. His symphonies, particularly the First, were frequently performed in the early 20th century
Kalinnikov, Viktor
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18701927brother of Vasily (see above) composer of choral music who taught at the Philharmonic School. Kalinnikov used Russian folksong intonations which might explain the popularity of his pictorial miniatures such as The Lark
Kalischnig, Walter (pseudonym Victor (Vic) Lingo)
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20th century
Slovenia
 Dutch-based Czech-born composer particularly of music for brass band
Kalitzke, Johannes
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1959
Cologne, Germany
 German conductor and composer of mostly orchestral, chamber, choral, and vocal works
Kaliviotis, Stathis (see Kalyviotis, Stathis)   
Kalkbrenner, Frédéric (Friedrich) (Wilhelm Michael)
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7 Nov. 1784
Cassel, Germany
10 Jun 1849
Enghien, France
German pianist and prolific composer, author of Méthode pour apprendre le piano-forte à l'aide du guide-mains, op. 108 (1831) and didactic études. As a teacher Kalkbrenner developed a piano playing technique that kept the musician's strength in the fingers and hands, instead of the forearm. This technique was used by his student Camille Stamaty, who taught it to his student, Camille Saint-Saëns
Kalliwoda, Johann Wenzeslaus [Wenzel]
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21 Feb. 1801
Prague, Czechoslovakia
3 Dec. 1866
Karlsruhe, Germany
prolific composer, violinist and conductor who composed many fine works including seven symphonies and church music
Kallimulin, Rashid (see Kalimulin, Rashid)   
Kallstenius, Edvin
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29 Aug. 1881
Filipstad, Sweden
22 Nov. 1967
Stocksund, Sweden
Swedish composer. He was Music Librarian at the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation 1928-1946, served on the Board of the Society of Swedish Composers 1933-1961, and was its Treasurer 1933-1943. He was on the board of the Swedish Performing Rights Society 1932-1957
Kalman, Charles Emmerich
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17 Nov. 1929
Vienna
 son of Emmerich Kalman (see below) and composer of several finely written and enjoyable lightpieces and musicals
Kálmán, (Imre) Emmerich
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24 Oct. 1882
Siófok, Hungary
30 Oct. 1953
Paris, France
among the finest composers of operetta of the early/middle 20th century. His first operetta The Gay Hussars was a hit throughout Europe and the United States and its success in Vienna led Kálmán to make his home in the Austrian capital. Kálmán became an American citizen in 1942
Kalnins, Aldonis26 Feb. 1928
Ventspils, Latvia
 Latvian composer who has collected more than 1000 Latvian folksong melodies and incorporates these into his choral and instrumental works including his oratorio based on ancient Latvian battle songs
Kalnins, Alfred
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18791951Latvian organist and composer of operas including Banuta and Salinieki (Islanders)
Kalnins, Ed
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  has scored for many motion pictures and television programs. He works with many top film composers to develop scores synthetically, utilizing state-of-the-art electronic music techniques available at his project studio, Beachwood Music. He has worked in musical theatre both as a conductor and as a keyboardist. He also toured and performed extensively with various Broadway productions including Starlight Express, Les Miserables, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Kalnins, Imants
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26 May 1941
Riga, Latvia
 Latvian composer
Kalomiris, Manolis
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1883
Smyrna
1962
Athens, Greece
an admirer of Richard Wagner, Rimsky-Korsakoff, Kostis Palamas, and Nikos Kazantzakis, he set himself the life goal of establishing a Greek "national school" of music, based on the ideas of the Russian national composers, on western musical achievements and on modern Greek folk music, poetry and myth. He thus founded in 1919 the Hellenic Conservatory and in 1926 the National Conservatoire. He wrote three symphonies and five operas, one piano concerto and one violin concertino, other symphonic works, chamber music and numerous songs and piano works
Kalthum, Uum (alternatively Om Kalthoum, Oum Kalsoum, Oum Kalthum, Omm Kolsoum, Umm Kolthoum, Um Kalthoom)
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c.4 May 1904
Tamay-az-Zahayra, Egypt
3 Feb. 1975
Cairo, Egypt
Egyptian singer, composer and musician. Along with Fairouz and Asmahan, she is one of the best known and most beloved of all singers in the Arab world, her albums still outsell many others in the Arabic language
Kalyviotis, Stathis
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  composer and multi-instrumentalist, who was born and grew up in Athens
Kamen, Michael
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15 Apr. 1948
New York, USA
19 Nov. 2003
London, UK
with influences ranging from Beethoven to the Beatles and collaborations with everyone from Bob Dylan to Metallica, there are few musicians that display such remarkable diversity as Oscar-nominated composer and conductor Michael Kamen. His scores for such popular action films as Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, and X-Men set something of a standard for high-octane thrills, but Kamen could also switch gears to provide tender melodies for such movies as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Don Juan DeMarco (both of which earned Oscar nods for the longtime composer).
Kaminski, Heinrich
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4 Jul. 1886
Tiengen, Germany
21 Jun. 1946
Ried, Germany
German composer
Kaminski, Joseph
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17 Nov. 1903
Odessa, Ukraine
14 Oct. 1972
Tel Aviv, Israel
violinist and composer
Kaminsky, Laura
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28 DSep. 1956
New York City, USA
  American composer of mostly chamber and vocal works that have been performed throughout the world; she is also active as a promoter
Kammel, Antonin
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21 Apr. 17301788Bohemian composer and violinist who worked extensively with Abel and J.C. Bach in London
Kampela, Arthur
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1960
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 guitarist and composer
Kancheli, Giya
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10 Aug. 1935
Tbilisi, Georgia
 composer of seven symphonies, works for chamber orchestra, Bright Sorrow for soloists, chorus and orchestra, vocal music, incidental music and film music
Kandel, Harry
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1885
Russia
1943
Philadelphia, USA
one of the pioneers of klezmer, the traditional dance music of the European Jews, in the United States. Together with his orchestra, which featured two cornets, four violins, flute, viola, trombone, tuba, piano, xylophone, and himself on clarinet, Kandel recorded numerous hits between 1916 and 1927, including the much-covered Night in the Garden of Eden. A medley, that he recorded in 1926, included a tune that was later recorded by Ziggy Elman as Fralich in Swing and by Benny Goodman as And the Angels Sing
Kander, John
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18 Mar. 1927
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
  American composer of a series of musical theatre successes as part of the songwriting team of Kander and Ebb the longest-running music-and-lyrics partnership in Broadway musical history
Kandirali, Mustafa
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1934
Turkey
 Turkish clarinetist, composer and arranger
Kandov, (Aleksandar) Alexander Lubomirov
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1949
Bulgaria
 Bulgarian composer
Kanengiser, William
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Orange, New Jersey, USA recognized as one of America’s finest classical guitarists, William Kanengiser won first prize in the 1987 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, as well as major international guitar competitions in Toronto (1981) and Paris (1983). He has developed a unique repertoire for his instrument, ranging from arrangements of Mozart, Handel and Bartok, to his innovative excursions into the music of Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. He was twice awarded a Solo Recitalist Fellowship Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and his debut recording for the GSP label won an “INDIE” award for Best Classical Recording. He is also a member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. He has composed many works and written many transcriptions for the guitar
Kang, Eyvind
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1971
Corvallis, Oregon, USA
 American composer, violinist, and erhu player
Kanga, Skaila
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India daughter of the Indian violinist Homi Kanga (1922-2004), who when he joined the London Philharmonic Orchestrawas the first Indian to be a member of a major British orchestra and went on to become the first Indian to give a recital at the Wigmore Hall and the first to play a solo classical recital on BBC radio, Skaila started learning the piano at the age of five. She won a Junior Exhibition to the Royal Academy of Music and later studied there with Vivian Langrish. Her interest in the harp began at 17 years of age when she was given the opportunity to study with Tina Bonifacio, Sir Thomas Beecham's harpist in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Skaila began her career with the BBC Concert Orchestra and soon went on to freelance with many regional and all the major London orchestras under such eminent conductors as Boult, Kempe, Guilini, Monteux, Haitink, Maazel, Mehta, Barenboim, Previn, Solti, Klemperer, Svetlanov and Rattle. At this time she also worked extensively with Pierre Boulez in the BBC Symphony Orchestra alongside Sidonie Goossens and Maria Korchinska
Kangas, Juho
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21 Mar. 1976
Finland
 Finnish composer
Kangro, Raimo
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21 Sep. 1949
Tartu, Estonia
4 Feb. 2001
Ruila, Estonia
Estonian pianist and composer
Känkänen, Aimo
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24 May 1922
Finland
 Finnish composer
Kan-no, Shigeru
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1959
Iino, Fukushima, Japan
 Japanese composer and conductor who studied (theory, piano, composition, conducting and musicology) in Fukushima, Tokyo, Vienna, Stuttgart, Ludwigsburg and Frankfurt with Shimazu, Nishimura, Österreicher, Bernstein, Lachenmann, Rilling and Zender. Winner of several composition and conducting prizes, frequently invited to participate in seminars. He lives in Germany
Kantelinen, Tuomas
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22 Sep. 1969
Finland
 composer of orchestral works, chamber music, vocal works and tape works, he has written an opera and a considerable body of music for the stage and for films. He is one of Finland's leading film music composers, best known in this genre for Rukajärven tie (1999) by Olli Saarela, for which he received the Jussi Award, the Oscar of the Finnish film industry
Kanzler, Josephine1780
Germany
 composer of string quartets, piano sonatas and songs
Kapeller (or Capeller), Johann Nepomuk
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1776
Ingolstadt
c. 1831flautist, flute maker and composer
Kaper, Bronislaw
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5 Feb. 1902
Warsaw, Poland
26 Apr. 1983
Beverly Hills, CA, USA
Jewish Polish-born conductor, arranger and composer of popular music. Kaper met Walter Jurmann in Berlin in the late 1920s, and the two decided to work as a team, first in Berlin and then in Paris, France. On being offered a seven-year contract with MGM by Louis B. Mayer, Kaper and Jurmann emigrated to the United States, where they continued their work. Kaper composed for nearly 150 Hollywood movies, and won an Oscar for the musical Lili. He co-write the song San Francisco for the film San Francisco. He was, however, better known for composing the theme music and several scores for the Quinn Martin television series The F.B.I.
Kapi, Gyula
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1850
Hungary
1923Hungarian composer
Kapp, Artur
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28 Feb. 1878
Suure-Jaani
14 Jan. 1952
Suure-Jaani
composer and teacher, he was the most powerful representative of the Kapp family which had a strong influence on the musical life in Suure-Jaani. He got his primary education in music at home with his father Joosep Kapp. He studied organ with L. Homilius at St Petersburg Conservatory and completed his studies in 1898. In 1900 he graduated from the conservatory as composer being a student of N. Rimski-Korsakov. Kapp was one of the very first Estonian professional composers
Kapp, Eugen
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26 May 1908
Astrakhan, Russia
29 Oct. 1996
Tallinn, Estonia
composer (son of the composer Artur Kapp), Eugen Kapp returned to Estonia with his father in 1920. From 1922 to 1926 E. Kapp was the piano student at Tallinn Conservatory. In 1931, Eugen Kapp graduated the class of composition under his father, Professor Artur Kapp. In 1935, Eugen Kapp started working as a teacher, continuing teaching after the end of the Second World War. Since 1947, Kapp worked at the Tallinn Conservatory as the professor, as the rector of the Conservatory (1952 –1964), and as a head of the composition department (1949-1957 and 1964-1966). From 1944 to 1966, Eugen Kapp was the head of the Estonian Union of Composers. Since 1975, he was a Professor-consultant at the Tallinn Conservatory, teaching composition and lecturing music theory
Kapp, Villem
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7 Sep. 1913
Suure-Jaani
24 Mar. 1964
Tallinn, Estonia
Estonian composer (nephew of the composer Artur Kapp)
Kapr, Jan
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12 Mar. 1914
Prague
29 Apr. 1988
Prague
music producer of Radio Prague for 7 years, in 1950-52 he was the chief editor of the publishing house Orbis. In 1961-72 as a reader in composition at Janacek Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts he had educated a number of composers of the present middle generation, including Milan Slavicky, Evzen Zamecnik, and others. Jan Kapr is also the author of several outstanding theoretical assays and of the book Constants, giving an indivudual synthesis of contemporary musical trends. The centre of his life-long activity, however, lies in the compositional work. Indded, he was one of the most prolific Czech composers of the second half of the 20th century
Kapsberger, Johann (Hieronymus)
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1580
Venice
1651
Rome
(also: Giovanni Girolamo or Giovanni Geronimo Kapsperger) German-Italian virtuoso performer and composer of lute, theorbo and chitarrone music during the early Baroque period
Kapustin, Nicolai
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1937
Gorlovka, Ukraine
 his compositional style is a blend of West European classical and post classical art music with the modern idioms of jazz and rock. He has composed three concertos for piano & orchestra (1961, 1974, 1985), a two-movement concerto for orchestra (1980), a concertino for piano & orchestra (1957) and a concert rhapsody for piano & orchestra (1976). More recently his interest has moved towards solo piano music
Karai, Jozsef
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8 Nov. 1927
Budapest, Hungary
 he finished his studies in Budapest, Pécs, and Budapest between 1935 and 1946. He began his musical studies relatively late, at the age of 12. At the end of World War II he was enlisted. After the war he worked as an unskilled worker at the Electricity Works of Budapest. Between 1947 and 1954 he studied composition with János Viski and Ferenc Farkas and conducting with János Ferencsik, András Kórodi and László Somogyi at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music. He married Katalin Kertész in 1951. Between 1948 and 1969 he taught and conducted several choruses in Budapest. This occupation strongly influenced his activities: he composed many works for choruses. Since 1969 he has been active as a free-lance composer, he composed numerous instrumental works, songs, cantatas, etc
Karaindrou, Eleni
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1946
Teichio, Greece
 she studied piano and theory at the Hellenikon Odion. From 1969-74 she studied ethnomusicology in Paris and, on returning to Greece, founded the Laboratory for Traditional Instruments at the ORA Cultural Centre. She has since been an active campaigner on behalf of Greece's musical resources. Karaindrou has a long history of writing for film and theatre; to date, some 18 feature films, 13 plays and 10 television series have featured her music. Although most of her work has been with Greek directors, she has also collaborated with Chris Marker, Jules Dassin and Margarethe von Trotta. Eleni Karaindrou has been associated with Theo Angelopoulos since 1982
Karaev, Faradj (see Garayev, Faraj)   
Karaev, Kara (see Garayev, Gara)   
Karamanov, Alemdar
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10 Sep. 1934
Simferopol, Russia
 Russian composer particularly of symphonies of which he has written more than twenty and film music
Karas, Anton
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7 Jul. 1906
Vienna, Austria
9/10 Jan. 1985
Vienna, Austria
Viennese zither player, best known for his soundtrack to Carol Reed's 1949 adaptation of The Third Man
Karasowski, Moritz
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22 Sep 1823
Warsaw, Poland
 he was cello and piano pupil of Valentin Kratzer, at that time director of music in Warsaw, and was, in 1852, a member of the Warsaw Theatre orchestra. In the years 1858 and 1860 he travelled for the sake of study and visited Berlin, Vienna, Dresden, Munich, Cologne, and Paris. In 1864 he joined the Dresden band as a Royal Chamber Musician. Besides some compositions for the voice and Violoncello with piano accompaniment, of which Reverie du soir, a Nocturne, and an Elegy are the most important, he published several books in the Polish language - as, for example: A History of the Polish Opera (1859), Haydn's and Mozart's Life (1860 and 1868), Chopin's Youth (Part I. in 1862, Part II. in 1869), and Biographical Sketches of Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, and Edmund Kretschmer. His most important work in musical literature is Friedrich Chopin: his Life, his Works, and his Letters.. A German translation of the latter appeared in 1877 which went through two revised and enlarged editions
Karayev, Faradj (see Garayev, Faraj)   
Karayev, Kara (see Garayev, Gara)   
Karchin, Louis
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1951
Philadelphia, USA
 studied at the Eastman School of Music and Harvard University; his principal teachers have included Samuel Adler, Joseph Schwantner, Fred Lerdahl, and Earl Kim. Additional study included two summers as a Leonard Bernstein Fellow in Composition at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, an experience which brought Karchin into contact with such composers as Elliott Carter, Jacob Druckman, Gunther Schuller, Bruno Maderna, and Charles Wuorinen. At the conclusion of his first summer at Tanglewood, Karchin was awarded the Center's prestigious Koussevitzky Tanglewood Award. Karchin became Assistant Professor of Music at New York University in 1979, and is now Professor of Music in NYU's Faculty of Arts and Science, teaching in an advanced graduate program in composition, which he organized in 1989
Karetnikov, Nikolai
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28 Jun. 1930
Moscow, Russia
10 Oct. 1994
Moscow, Russia
influenced by Schönberg, Karetnikov synthesises the rigour of Schönberg with a capacity for sparse, but sonorous orchestral writing in the best Soviet traditions. His music illustrates a highly thematic approach to large-scale form, which probably owes most to Shostakovich, his mentor
Karg-Elert, Sigfrid
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21 Nov. 1877
Oberndorf am Neckar, Germany
9 Apr. 1933
Leipzig, Germany
German composer of considerable fame in the early twentieth century, best known for his choral lieder, chamber music, and compositions for piano, organ, and harmonium
Karjalainen, Ahti
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20 Mar. 19072 Oct. 1986retaining a traditional Romantic idiom, his output included three symphonies and six symphonic poems
Karjalainen, Kari1953
Finland
 a trumpeter and composer
Karki, Toivo
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19151992dance-band pianist, jazz musician, composer (particularly of film and popular music)
Kärkkäinen, Tommi
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15 Jun. 1969
Savonlinna, Finland
 he first attracted attention when he won the young composers' category at the composer rostrum in Paris with his orchestral work Seven Miniatures (1996) in 1998. This work and the sextet Syntymätön (The Unborn, 1997) are both sets of variations in a clear and not overtly Modernist style. Kärkkäinen has later taken up a more expressive approach, as in his orchestral works Sarja I (Suite I, 1997), and Läpi yön (Nocturnal Journey, 1999). Kärkkäinen's output, which focuses on instrumental music, also includes the orchestral works Fontana Obscura (2000) and Somnium Fraude (2002–2003) and chamber music
Karkoff, Ingvar
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14 Sep. 1958
Stockholm, Sweden
 his music has been performed in Finland, Norway, in the Baltic countries, Russia, former Yougoslavia, Hungary, Austria, France, Portugal, Italy,Spain, Israel and Japan. His orchestral works have been performed by most major orchestras in Sweden; the orchestral piece Fenix was commissioned and world-premiered in Stockholm 1993, by Gennady Rozhdestvensky and the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. The music of Ingvar Karkoff has been broadcasted worldwide. He has represented Sweden both at the Young Nordic Music festivals and at The Nordic Music Days, S:t Petersburg Contemporary Music Festival. He has been awarded The Rosenborg prize, The Swedish Royal Music Academy's travel gran, The City of Stockholm's Cultural Prize, The small Christ Johnson Prize 2000
Karkoff, Maurice
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17 Mar. 1927
Stockholm, Sweden
 Swedish composer, father of Ingvar (see above)
Karkowski, Zbigniew
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1958
Krakow, Poland
 he studied composition at the State College of Music in Gothenburg, Sweden, aesthetics of modern music at the University of Gothenburg's Department of Musicology, and computer music at the Chalmers University of Technology. After completing his studies in Sweden, he studied sonology for a year at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Den Haag, Netherlands. During his education, he also attended many summer composition master courses arranged by Centre Acanthes in Avignon and Aix-en-Provence, France, studying with Iannis Xenakis, Olivier Messiaen, Pierre Boulez, and Georges Aperghis, among others. He works actively as a composer of both acoustic and electroacoustic music
Karlins, William
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25 Feb. 1932
New York City, USA
 he earned his B.M. and M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music, and went on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of lowa in 1965. Among his principal teachers were Frederick Piket, Philip Bezanson, Richard Hervig, Stefan Wolpe, and Vittorio Giannini. He joined the faculty of Northwestern University in Evanston, IL in 1967 and became a professor there in 1973. He has an extensive compositional catalog which embraces all forms, from large orchestral and chamber works to solo and choral pieces. His saxophone music in particular, which he often combines with other individual instruments and ensembles, is widely performed in the United States and abroad
Karlowicz, Mieczyslaw
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11 Dec. 1876
Wiszniewo, Poland
8 Feb. 1909
Tatra Mountains, Poland
Polish composer, conductor, writer, photographer, and mountain climber, Mieczyslaw Karlowicz died at the young age of 32 on an expedition in the Tatra Mountains when he was buried by a sudden avalanche on February 8, 1909. In his youth, Karlowicz spent some time travelling through Europe (Heilderberg, Prague, Dresden) and in 1887, his family settled in Warsaw where he studied violin with Jan Jankowski and Stanislaw Barcewicz. After a few years, poor health (both mental and physical) forced him to give up the violin, but he quickly began studying composition with Gustaw Roguski in Warsaw (1894) and later with Heinrich Urban in Berlin (1895-1901). His early compositions include short piano pieces, the Serenade op. 2 for string orchestra, Muzyka do bialej golabki (Music to the White Dove) Op.6 for full orchestra, and various songs which were published in two collections as Op. 1 and Op. 3
Karlsen, Kjell Mork
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31 Mar. 1947
Oslo, Norway
 Norwegian organist and composer
Karlsson, Erik Mikael
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10 Dec. 1967
Nynäshamn, Sweden
 a composer of electroacoustic music since 1985. He studied composition at EMS in Stockholm for Tamas Ungvary among others. Erik Mikael Karlsson has been working and lecturing at the major institutions around Europe and he has been awarded a vast number of prestigious international prizes for his music. Commissions have been made from the GMEB, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Swedish Concert Institute, Swedish Broadcasting Corporation, Danish Broadcasting Corporation, The Cullberg Ballet, Sonic Arts Network
Karlsson, Lars
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24 Jan. 1953
Finland
 as a composer, he started off in the early 1970s in a rather traditional Neo-Romantic and expressive style, writing vocal and instrumental works with a strong sense of tonality. In the late 1970s, he turned — perhaps inspired by the new rise of Modernism — to a more chromatic idiom, though without abandoning his roots. His most significant work in this experimental period was Komposition för orgel och symfonisk blåsorkester (Composition for organ and concert band, 1983). After a transition period of a few years, Karlsson arrived at his current style in the early 1990s. This can be seen as a sort of mature return to his early ideals, beginning with the intensely melodic and technically challenging Violin Concerto (1991/93), whose Romantically tinted Neo-Classicism recalls Prokofiev. The Violin Concerto was also Karlsson's first work in a traditional genre; it was later followed by the powerful Bartók-like String Quartet (1997) and the First Symphony (1999)
Karnovich, Yuri Larovich23 Dec. 1884
Kaunas, Lithuania
22 Dec. 1941
Kaunas, Lithuania
Lithuanian composer
Karzew (or Kartsev, Karzen, Kartzev), Alexander Alexeyevich19 Jul. 1883
Moscow, Russia
3 Jul. 1953
Moscow, Russia
Russian composer
Kasatschenko (or Kazatsjenko, Kazatchenko, Kazachenko), Grigorii (or Grigory) Alexeyevich (or Ivanovich) (also Nikolai)3 May 1858
St. Petersburg, Russia
18 May 1938
Leningrad, Russia
Russian composer and conductor
Kasbergen, Marinus
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13 Nov. 1936
Krimpen aan de Lek
The Netherlands
 Dutch composer
Kaschubec, Erich
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18991945German composer
Käser, Mischa
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1959
Zurich, Switzerland
 studied guitar in Winterthur, lute in Basel and composition both with H. U. Lehmann, Zurich, and R. Moser, Basel and is involved not only in composing and teaching, but also in experimental music theatre
Kashin (or Kaschin, Kasjin, Kachine), Daniil Nikitich1769
Moscow, Russia
22 Dec. 1841
Moscow, Russia
Russian folksong collector and composer
Kashperov (or Kasjperov, Kachperov, Kaschperoff), Vladimir Nikitich6 Sep. 1826
Chufarovo, Simbirsk, Russia
26 Jun. 1894
Romantesevo, nr. Moscow, Russia
Russian composer
Kasimov, Alim (see Quasimov, Alim)   
Kaski, Heino
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21 Jun. 1885
Pielisjärvi, Finland
19 Sep. 1957
Helsinki, Finland
composer of piano music, although he also wrote several very popular songs, some chamber music including a Flute Sonata (1937), and, as if out of obligation to the Sibelian era, a Symphony in B minor (1918/19), which, however, is not one of his best works. Kaski was fundamentally a lyrical composer, a melodic writer and a miniaturist. His piano miniatures are not usually technically difficult, and he could be described as a sort of late representative of a national Biedermeier style although hints of Impressionism appear now and then
Kasparov, Andrey
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1966
Baku, Azerbaijan
 Russian pianist, conductor, composer and teacher
Kasparov, Yuri
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8 Jun. 1955
Moscow, Russia
 Russian composer who graduated from the Moscow Power Institute (1978) and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (1984). From 1985 to 1989 he worked as musical editor-in-chief at the Russian State Central Studio of Documentary Films. In 1991 he completed the post-graduate course of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under Edison Denisov
Kassiaearly 800s
Constantinople
c.867
Constantinople
an abbess and an independent and courageous women who was also a prolific composer of liturgical chants. Her hymn, Fallen Woman, is still sung in the Greek Orthodox Church on Holy Wednesday
Kastalsky, Alexander Dmitriyevich
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28 Nov. 1856
Moscow, Russia
17 Dec. 1926
Moscow, Russia
leading composer in the field of Russian church music whose work determined the course of its development in that period. An inspiration to composers such as Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky, he became a well-known ethnographer as well during the latter part of his life
Kastner, Jean Georges
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9 Mar. 1810
Strasbourg, France
19 Dec. 1867
Paris, France
French composer and writer. His Traite général d’instrumentation (1837), an important contribution to instrumentation study, is often overlooked because of its chronological proximity to Berlioz’s Grand traité d’instrumentation (1843). Kastner’s complete and concise treatise discusses the standard orchestral instruments and several obscure and ancient instruments. Intended principally for young composers, it provides the most detailed descriptions of the standard wind instruments of his day and discusses recent developments like the ophicleide and valved brass instruments. After the publication of the Traité, Kastner released a supplement including Aldophe Sax’s newest innovations, entitled Cours d’instrumentation, which included musical examples of principals discussed in the Traité. Both the Traité and the Cours were accepted by the Academy and adopted by the Paris Conservatoire
Katila, Timo1956 flute teacher and teacher of music theory at Rauma Music School, he has played in many bands and composes mainly for wind bands and wind chamber groups
Kats-Chernin, Elena
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4 Nov. 1957
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
 Uzbek-born composer of stage, orchestral, chamber, choral, and piano works who emigrated with her family from the Sovient Union to Australia in 1975
Katscher, Robert
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25 May 1894
Vienna, Austria
23 Feb. 1942
Hollywood, USA
composer, arranger and writer
Katt, Friedemann (pseudonym Frenzel, Franz Xaver)
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1945
Mittenwalde/Pommern, Austria
 organist, composer and teacher
Kattnigg, Rudolf
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9 Apr. 1895
Töbring-Gemeinde Treffen
Austria
2 Sep. 1955
Klagenfurt
Austrian composer, pianist and conductor
Katuar, Georgy (see Catoire, Georgy (Lvovich))   
Katzer, Georg
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1935
Silesia, Germany
 founder of the Experimental Music Studio in Berlin, professor in 1980, awarded a masters degree in composition from the Akademie der Kunste. Create works and performs improvisations
Kauchlitz, Johann Andreas
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1742
Grudim, Bohemia
The Netherlands(also Colizzi, Giovanni Andrea) Bohemian organist and composer, author of Dissertatio de Sono (1774) a treatise on acoustics
Kauffmann, Georg Friedrich
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14 Feb. 1679
Ostermondra, Thuringia, Germany
27 Feb. 1735
Merseburg, Germany
German organist and composer who, despite the small extent of his surviving output, ranks among the very best of J.S. Bach’s German contemporaries
Kaufman, Christopher
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  American composer of music for a wide variety of medium including orchestra, wind ensemble, dance, chamber groups, theatre and solo works
Kaufman, Seymour (see Coleman, Cy)   
Kaufmann, Dieter
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22 Apr. 1941
Vienna
 composer who, in 1975, together with his wife, actress Gunda König, Dieter Kaufmann, founded the K&K Experimentalstudio. This Musical-Theatre-Ensemble has made numerous tours throughout Europe, North and Latin America, Egypt and Taiwan
Kaumann, Tõnis
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5 Apr. 1971
Tallinn, Estonia
 his compositional approach can be classified as post-modern. In 1994 Kaumann won the competition Young European Composer that was held under the aegis of the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields
Kauppi, Emil1875
Finland
1930the first Finnish film music was the tango that Emil Kauppi wrote for the thriller Salainen perintömääräys (The Secret Directive, 1914). A National Romantic composer who wrote two operas, incidental music for the stage, operettas and a considerable number of solo songs, his first opera, Päiväkummun pidot (The Feast at Solhaug, 1925), was quite well received. Its successor, Nummisuutarit (The Cobblers on the Heath, 1930), based on the highly popular comedy by national author Aleksis Kivi, did not fare nearly as well. The opera was unanimously panned by the critics, and Kauppi, extremely hard hit by the criticism, disappeared soon after the premiere, most probably having committed suicide
Kauth, Maria Magdalene (Graff)fl. 1780s
Berlin
 one of her piano concertos was in Hummel’s repertoire
Kavanagh, Dale
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c.1960
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada
 concert classical guitarist and composer. Between 1986 and 1988 Kavanagh was a top prize-winner in Spain's Segovia Competition, Italy's Gargnano Competition, Switzerland's Neuchatel Competition and First and Special Prize winner in Finland's Scandinavian International Guitar Competition. She performs internationally as a soloist and in the Amadeus Guitar Duo with German guitarist (and husband) Thomas Kirchhoff
Kavina, Lydia
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1967
Moscow, Russia
 Lydia Kavina learned theremin from her great uncle Léon Theremin. Since 1981 she has been performing worldwide with, among others, the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia. She has played in the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, in the Thalia Theater and the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, with the Danish Royal Ballet in Copenhagen and at the Lincoln Center Festival in New York. She has worked with John Neumeier, Robert Wilson, Howard Shore, and Tom Waits, among others. Lydia Kavina received her degree in composition at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. Today she teaches theremin at the Theremin Center there and gives master classes throughout Europe and in the United States
Kawamoto, Hideko
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1969
Japan
 she studied composition (DMA) with Phil Winsor and piano (MM, BM) with Joseph Banowetz at University of North Texas followed by her post-doctoral study at Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) in Paris. Her international awards include Concorso Internazionale "Luigi Russolo" (1st Prize, Italy), Pierre Schaeffer International Computer Music Competition (2nd Prize, Italy), Bourges International Competition of Electroacoustic & Sonic Art (Mention Award and Honorable Mention, France), Ear 01 International Electroacoustic Music Composing (Honorable Mention, Hungary) and Sonic Circuits International Festival Electronic Music Art (Composition Awards, USA). Her latest commissions include Arizona State University and Dream Zone label (France). She explores her sound imagination in instrumental, electronic, and combined compositions
Kawasaki, Masaru
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19 Apr. 1924
Tokyo, Japan
 Japanese composer and conductor
Kay, Alison
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1970 studied composition with Tom Wilson and James Macmillan at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, continuing with Simon Bainbridge and Edwin Roxburgh at the Royal College of Music, where she won many of the major composition prizes. She completed a Masters degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Robert Saxton and has just completed a doctorate at Sussex University under the supervision of Martin Butler. She has recently been appointed as a professor of composition at the Royal College of Music
Kay, Hershy19191981in addition to original compositions, Kay arranged compositions by George Gershwin, Noel Coward, Carl Maria von Weber, Joseph Haydn, J.S. Bach, Claude Debussy, and several 15th- and 16th-century composers. Seventeen ballets document Kay's collaboration with choreographers Joe Layton, George Balanchine, and Eliot Feld
Kazandjiev, Vassil
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1934
Rousse, Bulgaria
 Bulgarian conductor and composer
Kazanli, Nikolay Ivanovich17 Dec. 1869
Tiraspol, Moldova
5 Aug. 1916
St. Petersburg, Russia
Russian composer and conductor
Kazazian, Georges
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1953
Cairo, Egypt
 an oud player grounded in both classical and popular Egyptian instrumental music, Kazazian has been involved in several European productions that are mixing world and ambient artists
Kazenin, Vladislav
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21 May 1937
Kiev, Russia
 Russian composer particularly of opera and musical comedy
Kazynski (or Kaschinski, Kazhinsky), Viktor Matveyevich18 Dec. 1812
Vilnius, Latvia
6 Mar. 1867
St. Petersburg, Russia
Latvian organist, composer and conductor
Keane, Brian
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1953
Philadelphia, USA
 ten time Emmy winning composer and Grammy winning producer
Keane, John E.
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  British film and television composer
Keane, John M.
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c.1965
USA
 John Keane has been involved in music and television since he was only eleven years old, when he and his brother were known as The Keane Brothers and landed a network television show shortly after the release of their debut record. Throughout the 80’s he worked as a session drummer for a number of great producers, and can be heard on records from Celine Dion, Chicago, Michael Bolton and more. Beginning in 1991 John Keane has been working behind the scenes writing scores for a number of hit television shows, most notably for the current top program in America for some years running, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Each episode of CSI presents a broad range of emotions, and as chief composer John must have a diverse musical arsenal to respond to the many types of scenes and storylines that play out every season
Keating, John (Johnny)
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10 Sep. 1927
Edinburgh, Scotland
 trombonist, composer and musical arranger who graduated from the back streets of Edinburgh to the neon-lit avenues of Los Angeles, California. Along the way he met and worked with some of the biggest names in show business, including Sammy Davis, Tony Bennett, Bing Crosby, Carmen McRae, Cleo Laine, Anthony Newley, Lita Roza, Mel Tormé and Caterina Valente
Keating, Zoë E.
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  Canadian-born cellist and composer based in San Francisco, California. In her solo performances and recordings (particularly the ongoing project she calls "One Cello x 16"), she uses live electronic sampling and repetition in order to layer the sound of her cello, creating rhythmically dense musical structures
Kechley, David Stevenson
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16 Mar. 1947
Seatle, USA
 Kechley joined the Williams College, USA music faculty in 1986, after teaching at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and the University of Washington. He received his bachelors and masters from the University of Washington and completed a doctorate of musical arts in composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University in 1979. Since the premiere of his Second Composition for Large Orchestra in 1968, Kechley has produced over 70 major works with more than 1,000 performances around the world. These include performances and commissions from the Boston Pops, Seattle Symphony, Vienna Saxophone Quartet and the United States Military Band
Kedrov, Nikolai jr
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19051981Russian composer of liturgical music
Kedrov, Nikolai sr
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18711940Russian composer of liturgical music
Kee, Piet
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30 Aug. 1927
Zaandam, The Netherlands
 city (recital) organist of the St Bavokerk in Haarlem (1956–89), organist of the St Laurenskerk (Schnitger organ) in Alkmaar (1952–87), and professor of organ at the Music Lyceum and Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam until 1988. Among his compositions are Music and Space, Confrontation (for 3 barrel organs and church organ) and Bios (1995)
Keetman, Gunild
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19041990the primary originator, along with Carl Orff, of the approach (not a method!) to teaching music known as Orff Schulwerk. Keetman was responsible for most of the actual teaching that was done in the early stages of the movement, perhaps most prominently as the teacher for the radio and television broadcasts that popularized the Schulwerk throughout Germany in the 1950s. Keetman was a prolific composer, and the five volume "Music for Children" contains many of her pieces. In addition, there are several volumes of music for recorder and percussion
Kef, (Cornelis) Kees21 Sep. 1894
Zaandam, The Netherlands
30 Nov. 1961
The Netherlands
composer, pianist and chorus director. For the radio he worked as composer-arranger. From 1946 to 1949 he was teacher at the Amsterdam Muzieklyceum and from 1955 he was a music critic
Kehl, Johann Balthasar
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24 Aug. 1759
Germany
7 Apr. 1764
Germany
organist in Erlangen and Bayreuth. In the years 1759-1764 he printed four books with chorale arrangements (they contain in each case 1 preludes and 14 chorale arrangements)
Keiser, Reinhard
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9 Jan. 1674
Teuchern, Germany
12 Sep. 1739
Hamburg, Germany
popular German opera composer based in Hamburg. He wrote over a hundred operas, and in 1745 Johann Adolph Scheibe considered him an equal to Johann Kuhnau, George Frideric Handel and Georg Philipp Telemann (also related to the Hamburg Opera), but his work was largely forgotten for many decades
Keizer, Henk
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3 Jul. 1948
Zwolle, The Netherlands
 Dutch composer
Kelemen, Milko
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1924
Croatia
 Croatian composer based in Stuttgart, Germany
Kéler-Béla (Adalbert von Keler)
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1820
Bartfeld, Hungary
20 Nov. 1882
Wiesbaden, Bavaria, Germany
Hungarian composer and, from 1847, a noted waltz-maker
Kelkel, Manfred
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15 Jan. 1929
Germany
18 Apr. 1999
France
musicologist, composer and writer
Kellaway, Roger
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1 Nov. 1939
Waban, Massachusetts, USA
 American composer, guitarist, vocalist and teacher
Keller, Derek
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1971
Philadelphia, USA
 American composer and guitarist
Keller, Max
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19 Mar. 1947
Aarau, Switzerland
 Swiss composer of mostly stage, orchestral, chamber, vocal, piano and electroacoustic works
Keller, Wilhelm
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1920
Wels, Upper Austria
4 Jun. 2008
Salzburg, Austria
Austrian composer who has concentrated on the musical interpretation of verbal, scenic and liturgical material, i.e. on vocal, theatre, film, church and children’s music (the last deriving from his work at the Orff Institute of the University Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria with Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman)
Kellner, David
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c.1670
Liebertwolkwitz, nr. Leipzig, Germany
6 Apr. 1748
Stockholm, Sweden
David Kellner's fame rests on his thorough-bass treatise Treulicher Unterricht im General-Bass. . . (Hamburg, 1732) and his lute tablature book XVI auserlesene Lauten-Stücke. . . (Hamburg, 1747). The Treulicher Unterricht went through no less than eight German editions from 1732 up to 1796, two Dutch, one Swedish and one Russian. Several copies of the different editions are to be found in libraries around the world indicating the impact Kellner's thorough-bass treatise must once have had. Of his lute book, on the other hand, only two copies seem to be extant. A few of his lute pieces are to be found in manuscript sources. The XVI auserlesene Lauten-Stücke was furthermore one of the last tablature books to be published
[extract from http://www.tabulatura.com/KELLNHEM.htm]
Kellner, Johann Christoph
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15 Aug. 1736
Gräfenroda, Thuringia, Germany
1803
Kassel, Germany
German organist and composer. He was the son of Johann Peter Kellner
Kellner, Johann Peter
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28 Sep. 1705
Gräfenroda, Thuringia, Germany
19 Apr. 1772
Gräfenroda, Thuringia, Germany
German organist and composer. He was the father of Johann Christoph Kellner
Kelly, Brian
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16 Mar. 1960
New York City, USA
 American composer, pianist, and producer creating music in the jazz fusion, contemporary jazz and New Age genres
Kelly, Bryan (George)
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3 Jan. 1934
Oxford, England
 English composer, much influenced by Latin American music
Kelly (or Kellie), Earl of (see Kelly (or Kellie), Thomas Erskine 6th Earl of)   
Kelly, Frederick Septimus
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29 May 1881
Sydney, Australia
13 Nov. 1916
Beaucourt-sur-Ancre, France
Australian rower, pinaist, composer and soldier
Kelly, Michael
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25 Dec. 1762
Dublin, Ireland
9 Oct. 1826
Margate, Kent, England
Irish tenor, actor, theatre manager and composer
Kelly, Monty
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10 Jun 1910
Oakland, California, USA
15 Mar 1971
New York, USA
trumpeter, arranger and bandleader who played with the Paul Whiteman and Skinnay Ennis bands before landing a job with NBC in New York. Cash Box magazine named him ‘most promising orchestra’ in 1953, but by then the era of popular instrumentals was starting to wane in the USA. His albums continued to do well, and they are still sought by light music fans
Kelly, Thomas C
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19171985Irish composer known particularly of light orchestral pieces
Kelly (or Kellie), Thomas Erskine 6th Earl of
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1 Sep. 1732
Kellie Castle, Scotland
9 Oct. 1781
Brussels, Belgium
a composer of some fame in his own time, as well as being an able violinist who directed the concerts in Saint Cecillia's Hall in Niddry's Wynd, Edinburgh in the 1760s
Kellyk, Hugh
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fl. 15th century nothing at all is known of Hugh Kellyk, but his five-part Magnificat and his cleverly managed seven-part Gaude flore virginali appear to be among the earlier pieces in the Eton Choirbook
Kelway, Thomas
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c.1695
Chichester, England
21 May 1749
Chichester, England
English organist and composer
Kemble (married Sartoris), Adelaide1814
England
1879a concert and opera singer who composed songs
Kemenade, Paul van
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1957
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
 Dutch alto sax player and composer
Kemp, Bart de
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1959 Dutch composer
Kempff, Wilhelm
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25 Nov. 1895
Jüterbog, Germany
23 May 1991
Positano, Italy
German virtuoso pianist and composer
Kempis Jean Florent a'fl. 17th century organist of a church (not St Gudule) in Brussels from about 1657 who was certainly the author of a book of Cantiones published at Antwerp in 1657, and possibly wrote the Missae et Motetta and a requiem, the former of which, published at Antwerp in 1650, has been also ascribed to Nicolas a' Kempis
Kempis, Nicolas a'fl. 17th century organist of St Gudule, at Brussels, in about 1628 and composer of three books of symphonies (published in Antwerp 1644, 1647 and 1649). A certain Jean Florent a' Kempis was organist of another church in Brussels from about 1657 who was certainly the author of a book of Cantiones published at Antwerp in 1657, and possibly wrote the Missae et Motetta and a requiem, the former of which, published at Antwerp in 1650, has been also ascribed to Nicolas a' Kempis
Kenins, Talivaldis
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22 Apr. 1919
Liepaja, Latvia
20 Jan. 2008
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Latvian-born composer and teacher
Kennedy, Jimmy
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20 Jul 1902
Omagh, Northern Ireland
6 Apr 1984
Cheltenham, UK
he taught for a while in England before embarking on a career in song writing by joining the staff of Bert Feldman a Music Publisher based in London's Tin Pan Alley. In a career spanning more than fifty years he wrote some 2000 songs, of which over 200 became world-wide hits and about 50 are all-time popular classics. Until John Lennon and Paul McCartney, he had more hits in the United States than any other British songwriter
Kennel, Hans
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Switzerland
 founder and chief arranger of Mytha: Contemporary Alphorn Orchestra, and a leading expert on folk tradition, in particular on that of Central Switzerland. His interest, however, does not stem from ethnomusicological hunting and gathering practices but from a living experience with music, both improvised and other kinds
Kennis, Willem (Guillaume) Gommaer (Gommaar, Gommaire)
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1717
Lierre, Belgium
1789
Louvian, Belgium
composer and violist
Kenny, Dawn
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Co. Clare, Ireland
 singer-songwriter, pianist and composer
Kenny, John
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1957
Birmingham, England
 British trombonist, actor, composer and multi-faceted performer of contemporary solo repertoire, modern jazz and early music
Kenton, Stan
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15 Dec. 1911
Wichita, Kansas, USA
25 Aug. 1979
Hollywood, California, USA
influential pianist, band-leader, composer and arranger
Ker, Dorothy
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1965
Carterton, New Zealand
 New Zealand-born composer
Kercado (de), Mlle. Le Senechal  her opera La Meprise Volontair was performed in 5 Jun. 1805 at the Opera-Comique, Paris
Kerckhoven (or Kerchoven, Kerckhoven), Abraham van den
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c.1618
possibly Malines, Belgium
9 Jan. 1702
Brussels, Belgium
Belgian composer and organist
Kerger, Camille
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1957
Luxembourg
 tenor singer and composer from Luxembourg
Kerko, Harri
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25 Apr. 1968
Pori, Finland
 Finnish composer and conductor who won 1st prize in the composition competition of Oulu University Chamber Choir Cassiopeia, January 1998
Kerle, Jacobus de
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baptised 1531/32
Ieper
1591
Prague
from 1555 he was in Italy, in a church post at Orvieto; from 1562 he served the Archbishop of Augsburg in Rome during the closing stages of the Council of Trent. He was active at Ypres in 1565--7, but then took over the choir of Augsburg cathedral, moving on to a Benedictine abbey in Kempten in 1575. Again he returned to Flanders, as canon of Cambrai in 1579, but he went back to Germany in 1582 as choirmaster to the Elector of Köln; later that year he took up his last post, as an Imperial court chaplain in Prague. His published music included eight volumes of motets and Vespers music and one of Masses. The Preces commissioned by the Cardinal of Augsburg in 1562 are in a lyrical, uncomplicated Palestrinian style and may well have influenced the fathers of the Council of Trent not to abandon polyphony in church music
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Kerll, Johan Kaspar
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9 Apr. 1627
Adorf, Germany
13 Feb. 1693
Munich, Germany
a German baroque composer and organist. Although he was one of the most acclaimed composers of his time, known both as a gifted composer and an outstanding teacher, Kerll is virtually forgotten today and his music is rarely played or recorded. His compositions reflect a synthesis of Italian and Germanic styles
Kern, Jerome
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27 Jan. 1885
New York City, USA
11 Nov. 1945
New York City, USA
American composer of popular music
Kernis, Aaron Jay
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15 Jan. 1960
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
 American composer
Kerr Jr., Thomas3 Jan. 1915
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
26 Aug. 1988
Washington, DC, USA
Kerr attended the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, New York, where he received the Bachelor of Music degree. He joined the faculty at Howard University, Washington, DC, in 1943 and served for 35 years as a piano and composition instructor and organist. He also toured extensively as a concert pianist. Kerr composed primarily for the organ; however, he also wrote piano, choral, and solo vocal works
Kerstens, Huub
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7 Jun. 1947
Den Haag, The Netherlands
24 Feb. 1999
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dutch composer
Kersters, Willem
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9 Feb. 1929
Antwerp, Belgium
29 Dec. 1998

Antwerp, Belgium
Belgian composer
Kervinen, Jukka-Pekka
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24. May 1961
Helsinki, Finland
  Finnish composer who has worked with electronic music
Kervinen, Mikko
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14 Nov. 1962
Helsinki, Finland
 Finnish composer who writes free-tonal instrumental works
Kes, Willem
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16 Feb. 1856
Dordrecht, The Netherlands
22 Feb. 1934
Munich, Germany
Dutch-born conductor, violinist and composer who was, from 1905 to 1926, director of a music conservatory in Koblenz
Keskinen, Kari1956
Finland
 Finnish composer who has worked with electronic music
Kessel, Barney
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17 Oct. 1923
Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA
6 May 2004
San Diego, California, USA
American jazz guitarist, a member of many prominent jazz groups as well as a "first call" guitarist for studio, film, and television recording sessions. Kessel was a member of the group of session musicians known as The Wrecking Crew
Kessel, Joseph
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10 Feb. 1898
Clara, Entre Ríos, Argentina
23 Jul. 1979
Avernes, Val-d'Oise, France
novelist and, from 1962 to 1979, a member of the Académie française. In 1943 Kessels and Maurice Druon translated Anna Marly's song Chant des Partisans into French from its original Russian. The song became one of the anthems of the Free French Forces during World War II
Kesselman, Alla
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1976
Moscow, Russia
 Russian composer
Kessler, Thomas
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25 Sep. 1937
Zurich, Switzerland
 after studies in German and Romanic linguistics at the Universities of Zurich and Paris he studied composition with Heinz Friedrich Hartig, Ernst Pepping and Boris Blacher in Berlin where he founded his own electronic studio in 1965. In the following years he was director of the Berlin Electronic Beat Studio and musical director of the Centre Universitaire International de Formation et de Recherche Dramatiques in Nancy. From 1973 until 2000 he taught composition and theory at the Basel Music Academy and created the well-known electronic studio there. Together with Gerard Zinsstag he founded the festival Tage fuer Neue Musik in Zurich and the live-electronic music festival ECHT!ZEIT with Wolfgang Heiniger in Basel. As a composer of numerous instrumental chamber music, orchestral music and live-electronic music compositions, he is interested in the interactions between musicians and electronics. Thomas Kessler lives in Basel and Toronto
Kessner, Daniel
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1946
Los Angeles, California, USA
 American composer
Kesti, Eero
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1959
Finland
 Finnish composer
Kesti, Jouni
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21 Sep. 1946
Finland
 composer, drummer, percussionist, sculptor, painter, conceptual artist and columnist
Kestner, Hermann
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1810
Hannover, Germany
27 Jun. 1890
Hannover, Germany
German composer who was the grandson of Charlotte Buff-Kestner (1753-1828), wife of the German novelist J.H. Kestner and friend of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Hermann Kestner was the founder of the Kestner Museum in Hanover
Ketèlbey, Albert William
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9 Aug. 1875
Birmingham, England
26 Nov. 1959
Cowes, Isle of Wight, England
English composer, conductor and pianist
Ketentzoglou, Vassilis
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15 Mar. 1979
Athens, Greece
 Greek composer, guitarist and musicologist
Ketting, Otto
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3 Sep. 1935
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
 Dutch composer, the son of Piet Ketting
Ketting, Piet
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29 Nov. 1905
Haarlem, The Netherlands
25 May 1984
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Dutch composer, pianist and conductor, father of Otto Ketting
Keulen, Geert van
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11 Oct. 1943
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
 Dutch composer, clarinetist, conductor and teacher
Keune, Eckehardt
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1931
Germany
 German teacher and composer noted particularly for his works for percussion
Keuris, Tristan
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3 Oct. 1946
Amersfoort, The Netherlands
15 Dec. 1996
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dutch composer
Khachaturian, Aram Ilich
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6 Jun. 1903
Tblisi, Armenia
1 May 1978
Moscow, Russia
his music is deeply rooted in the folklore of Armenia (although born in Georgia, he was of Armenian descent), as well as drawing from Georgian, Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Turkmenian and Irano-Azerbaijan national melodies. Even so, he has retained musical forms that are strongly western European
Khachaturian, Karen
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19 Sep. 1920
Moscow, Russia
 his earlier works appear conservative although always skilfully written, displaying some expressive depth and a subtlety of taste. His later works, notably the oratorio A Moment of History, dedicated to Lenin's memory, show that he has expanded his technique allowing a greater variety, freshness and sharpness
Khandoshkin (or Handoshkin, Khadooshkin, Khandochkine), Ivan Yevstafyevich1747
St. Petersburg, Russia
30 Mar. 1804
St. Petersburg, Russia
Russian violinist and composer
Khanendeh, Zakharia16801750
Constantinople
of Greek Orthodox ascent, he lived in Istanbul (Constantinople) and worked there as a singer and composer. Reflecting the cosmopolitan society of his time, his music is a very personal synthesis of Ottoman, Persian, and Byzantine art music. He composed and sang ecclesiastical music as well as classical Ottoman music. Houseyni Agir Semai is one of his masterworks
Kharizna, Vladimir
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fl. 19-20th century Russian composer of religious works
Khrennikov, Tikhon (Tichon) Nikolayevich
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10 Jun. 1913
Yelets, Russia
14 Aug. 2007
Moscow, Russia
Russian composer who composed three symphonies, three piano concertos, two violin concertos, two cello concertos, operas, operettas, ballets, chamber music, incidental music and film music
Khumalo, James Stephen Mzilikazi
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20 Jun. 1932
KwaNgwelu, Vryheid, Natal, South Africa
 Emeritus Professor of the University of the Witwatersrand, Honorary Professional Research Fellow in its School of Music, and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of SAMRO. He played a role in producing an official version of the South African National Anthem, at the request of President Nelson Mandela. Khumalo also serves on the Music Committee of the National Arts Council
Kicken, Hubert
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14 Jan. 1921
The Netherlands
7 Mar. 1994
Maastricht, The Netherlands
Dutch accordeonist, composer, arranger and musical director
Kiel, August Clemens (or Clemens August)
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1813
Wiesbaden, Germany
1871
Detmold, Germany
 
Kiel, Friedrich
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8 Oct. 1821
Bad Laasphe, Puderback, Germany
14 Sep. 1885
Berlin, Germany
German composer and music teacher
Kienzl, Wilhelm
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17 Jan. 1857
Waizenkirchen, Austria
19 Oct. 1941
Vienna, Austria
Austrian opera composer
Kiesewetter, Peter
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1 May 1945
Marktheidenfeld, Germany
 German composer
Kilar, Wojciech
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17 Jul. 1932
Lwów (formerly Poland)
29 Dec. 2013
Katowice, Poland
one of Poland's premier symphonic composers. As a student he studied piano with Wladyslawa Markiewiczówna and composition with Boleslaw Szabelski at the State Higher School of Music in Katowice. After graduation he was awarded a French Government Grant which enabled him to study with Nadia Boulanger in Paris; a city he still considers his second home. Wojciech Kilar has been awarded numerous international prizes for composition, among them are the Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund Award of Boston in 1960, the Jurzykowski Foundation Award of New York in 1983, the State Award Grade I in 1980, the awards of the Minister of Culture in 1967, 1976, and 1975, the prize of the Polish Composers' Union in 1975, and the A.S.C.A.P.Award for his score from Coppola's Dracula in Los Angeles in 1992.
Killigrew, Ladyfl. 17th century
England
 composer
Killmayer, Wilhelm
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21 Aug. 1927
Munich, Germany
 German composer, student of Carl Orff
Kilpinen, Yrjö (Henrik)
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4 Feb. 1892
Helsinki, Finland
2 Mar. 1959
Helsinki, Finland
he reached the height of his career in the 1930s; at the time, he was even considered Finland's most significant composer after Sibelius. It did not help his later reputation that he was extremely popular in Nazi Germany; critics there described him as "the greatest lyricist of the age" and "a master of song of the highest calibre" in 1934. He was also highly regarded in Britain, where the Kilpinen Society was founded in 1935
Kilpiö, Lauri
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8 Mar. 1974
Finland
 Finnish composer and pianist
Kim, Earl
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1920
Dinuba, California, USA
1998
Cambridge, Mass. USA
American composer and teacher
Kim, Suk-Jun
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1970
Taebaek, Korea
 Korean-born composer of both electro acoustic and acoustic media, now based in Florida, USA
Kim, Lyun (Yun) Joon
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1916
Korea
 Korean composer
Kindermann, Johann Erasmus
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29 Mar. 1616
Nuremberg, Germany
14 Apr. 1655
Nuremberg, Germany
German organist, teacher and composer. His chief work, Harmonia organica in tabulaturam Germanicam composita, etc., first published in 1645 and republished in 1665, is remarkable, as being one of the earlist specimens of German copper-plate engraving, and is also of importance in the history of organ-playing and organ composition
Kineya, Seiho
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1914
Koto, Japan
1991
Japan
composer of traditional Japanese music
King, Alastair
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1967
Watford, England
 British composer best known for his music for films and television
King, B B (born Riley B. King)
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16 Sep. 1925
Itta Bena, Mississippi, USA
 an American blues guitarist and songwriter. He is widely considered one of the best (and most respected) blues musicians in the world. One of his trademarks is Lucille, a custom guitar he began using in the 1950s
King, Betty Lou Jackson17 Feb. 1928
Chicago, Illinois, USA
1 Jun. 1994
Wildwood, New Jersery, USA
After completing her education in music composition, she developed a career as an educator, church musician, lecturer, choral director, composer, and music publisher
King, Carole (née Klein)
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9 Feb. 1942
New York, USA
 an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. She was most active as a singer during the first half of the 1970s, but she was a successful songwriter for considerably longer both before and after this period
King, Denis
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25 Jul 1939
Horchurch, UK
 pianist with the 1950s and 60s group "King Brothers" with his older brothers Michael and Anthony, and later a noted composer of music for film and TV. King was heard as a pianist and composer in the Maureen Lipman recreations of Joyce Grenfell heard on BBC Radio 3
King (or King-Gomez), Geoffrey
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1949
Croydon, England
 British composer and teacher who lives in Amsterdam
King, Karl (Lawrence)
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21 Feb. 1891
Paintersville, Ohio, USA
31 Mar. 1971
Fort Dodge, Iowa, USA
composer of nearly 300 original published works for band and one of the most important composers of circus music. Bandmaster for Buffalo Bill Wild West Show and Sells-Floto Circus, then left the show and became the band director for 50 years at Fort Dodge. Among his most famous compositions, Barnum & Bailey's Favorite; Kentucky Sunrise; Sells-Floto Triumphal; Canton Aero Club; Broadway One-Step; The Viking
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King, Reginald Claude McMahon
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5 Oct 1904
Hampstead, London
1991an accomplished pianist, who performed under the baton of Sir Henry Wood at the Proms soon after he completed his studies at London’s Royal Academy, in 1927 he took an orchestra into Swan & Edgar’s restaurant at their Piccadilly Circus store, where they remained until 1939. During this period he also started broadcasting regularly, and he made numerous recordings, often featuring his own attractive compositions. He made his last broadcast in 1964, but during a long retirement he continued composing until shortly before his death
King Palmer, Cedric
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13 Feb 1913
Sussex, England, UK
13 Jul 1999
Twickenham, London
a native of Sussex and educated at Tonbridge School but for a long time resident in London, Palmer had been composer, author, pianist, violinist, cellist, oboist, baritone singer, lecturer and conductor of the King Palmer Light Orchestra on the BBC and of other bodies like the Euphonic Symphony Orchestras, the North London Orchestra, the City Literary Institute Orchestra, the Sevenoaks Music Society and various theatre and film orchestras
Kinkel, Johanna Mockel1810
Germany
1858composer whose book Letters on Piano Playing was published in 1852
Kinsella, John
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1932
Dublin, Ireland
 Irish composer
Kinzé Jos
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1918
Essen, Germany
 German-born organist and composer
Kipourgos, Nikos
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Kiraly, David Zsolt
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Kiraly, Laszlo
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Kirbye, George
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c.1565
England
bur. 6 Oct. 1634
nr. Bury St. Edmunds, England
English composer of the late Tudor period and early Jacobean era. He was one of the members of the English Madrigal School, but also composed sacred music
Kircher, Athanasius
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2 May 1601/2
Geisa, Fulda, Germany
27/28 Nov. 1680
Rome, Italy
17th century German Jesuit scholar who published around 40 works, most notably in the fields of oriental studies, geology, and medicine. Kircher has been compared to fellow Jesuit Roger Boscovich and to Leonardo da Vinci for his enormous range of interests, and has been honoured with the title "master of a hundred arts"
Kirchner, Leon
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24 Jan. 1919
Brooklyn, New York, USA
 American composer
Kirchner, Theodor
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Kirchner, Volker David
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Kirk, Rahsaan Roland
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Kirkpatrick, William James
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27 Feb. 1838
Duncannon, Pennsylvania, USA
20 Sep. 1921
Germantown, Pennsylvania, USA
American-born school teacher, string player and writer of hymns
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Kirnberger, Johann Philipp
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Kisielewski, Stefan
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7 Mar. 1911
Warsaw, Poland
1991
Warsaw, Poland
composer, publicist, music writer and critic, writer, journalist, and teacher. In 1927 he entered the State Conservatory of Music in Warsaw, where he received three diplomas: in theory (1934, under Kazimierz Sikorski), in composition (1937, also under K. Sikorski) and in pedagogical piano (1937, under Jerzy Lefeld). He also studied Polish literature and philosophy at Warsaw University and completed his composition studies in Paris, in the years 1938-39.
Kittel, Caspar16031639a pupil of Heinrich Schütz, Kittel was singing master to the boys' choir at Dresden. He published his only printed collection of music in 1638, the year in which Monteverdis’ famous Eighth Book of Madrigals appeared. It contains 30 vocal works to German texts for 1, 2, 3, and 4 voices with thorough bass
Kittel, Johann Christian
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Kittl, Jan Bedrich
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Kiurkchiiskii, Krassimir (see Kyurkchiyski, Krassimir)   
Kjerulf, Halfdan
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Klabon, Krzysztof
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c. 1550
Königsberg
in or after 1616a singer in the Court choir in Cracow who in 1565 was transferred to the group of instrumentalists employed at same court. Although we know him as a composer, lutenist, instrumentalist and singer, it is probably his playing on the lute for which he is most renowned. Indeed, he can be counted among the five to six most important Polish lutenists up to the present day
Kladas, daughter of Ioanneslate 14th century
Constantinople
 daughter of Ioannes Kladas, composer of Alleluia
Klami, Markku
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21 Feb. 1979
Turku, Finland
 Finnish guitarist and composer
Klami, Uuno
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20 Sep. 1900
Virolahti, Finland
29 May 1961
Virolahti, Finland
"Russian Modernists such as Prokofiev and Stravinsky, and new Spanish music, shook me up from top to toe. That is where the Karelian Rhapsody came from. It was around that time that I went to the Sorbonne to borrow a copy of the Kalevala." This description by Klamiof the impact of his study trip to Paris in 1924–1925 shows a composer of fascinating versatility, discussing the most recent Modernist trends and the national tradition embodied in the Kalevala in the same breath. Klami never saw the two as opposites; instead, he — like Stravinsky in his Russian period — created an appealing synthesis, albeit the national dimension is audible only in a few of his works
Klanac, Petar Kresimir
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Klatzow, Peter
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1945
Springs, Tranvaal, South Africa
 one of South Africa's most distinguished international composers. His specialities include choral music, and writing for piano and for marimba. He has composed concertos for organ (2), marimba, marimba and flute, and clarinet. Peter Klatzow is professor of composition at the University of Cape Town
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Klaveren, Wijnand van
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Klebe, Giselher
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Kleber, Leonhard
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c.1495
Göppingen, Germany
4 Mar. 1556
Pforzheim, Germany
a German organist, and probably composer, of the Renaissance. In 1524 Kleber produced his most famous work, a huge tablature containing 112 separate compositions, mostly by other composers. It was compiled between 1521 and 1524, and contains 332 pages; several hands are identifiable in the manuscript, though none have been identified . None of the music is attributed to its composer, although most has been identified; some of the anonymous pieces may be by Kleber himself. This huge early Reformation-era collection is one of the earliest large collections of organ music, and is unusual both for its size and inclusiveness, containing both sacred and secular music in arrangement
Kleijn, Johannes Carel
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Klein, Georg
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Klein, Jacob
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Klein, Gideon
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Klein, Joseph II
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Klein, Juliane
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Kleinknecht, Jakob Friedrich
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Klemetti, Heikki
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14 Feb. 1876
Kuortane, Finland
26 Aug. 1953
Helsinki, Finland
choral composer who was also a revered Finnish choral conductor. Although his output as a composer consists largely of choral works, he also wrote a sizable body of solo songs
Klemola, Sami
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7 Dec. 1973
Finland
 Finnish guitarist and composer
Klemperer, Otto
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Klenau, Paul von
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Klengel, August
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1783
Dresden
1852
Dresden
German composer, piano student of Clementi, organist at the Dresden Hofkapelle from some time after 1817. His students banded together to publish two volumes of 24 Canons and Fugues after his death. Moritz Hauptmann (1792-1868) was the main person responsible for that publication, and signed the preface; but he makes it clear that he was not working alone
Klenovski, Nikolay Semyonovich1853
Odessa, Ukraine
6 Jun. 1915
St. Petersburg, Russia
Russian conductor and composer
Kleophas, Michael, Count Oginski
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25 Sep 1765
Gurow, nr Warsaw, Poland
31 Oct 1833
Florence, Italy
the Polish Count Oginski, (Michael Kleophas, Count Oginski who was High Treasurer of Lithuania.) was formerly much noted as a composer of Polonaises
Kleppe, Joost
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Klerk, Albert de
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Kletzki, Paul
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Kleynjans, Francis
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15 Apr. 1951
Paris, France
 guitarist, composer and performer who studied with Alexandre Lagoya at the Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris and later, with the renowned Venezuelan guitarist Alirio Diaz. He was awarded First Prize at the 22nd Paris Guitar Competition for his piece entitled À l'aube du dernier jour. He has produced more than 600 pieces for guitar: solos, duets, trios, quartets, concertos as well as film music. He had been influenced strongly by the music and rhythms of South America
Klicka, Josef
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Klobucar, Andjelko
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1931 organ player and church music composer, played throughout Europe, including the church of Notre Dame in Paris, Westminster Abbey in London, Basilica of St. Maria degli Angeli in Assisi
Klop, Henk
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Klosé, Hyacinthe Eléonore
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11 Oct. 1808
Corfu
29 Aug. 1880a pioneer, with Buffet, of the ring-key mechanism for the clarinet; author of Grande Méthode pour la clarinette à anneaux mobiles (1844) and methods for the saxophones and a composer of many works for clarinet
Klucevsek, Guy
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Klughardt, August
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Knaifel, Alexander
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28 Nov. 1943
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
 Russian composer who studied violoncello under Fischmann in Leningrad and from 1961 until 1963 under Rostropovich in Moscow. Due to a neural disorder in both his arms he had to stop playing the cello. He then studied composition from 1964 until 1967 under Boris Arapov in Leningrad
Knecht, Justin Heinrich
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Kneller, Andreas
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Knezek, Jan Vaclav
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Knieper, Jurgen
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Knigge, Adolph von
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Knight, Gerald
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Knipper, Lev Konstantinovich
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3 Dec. (Old Style 21 Nov.) 1898
Tbilisi, Georgia
30 Jul. 1974
Moscow, Russia
he was influenced by western avant-garde styles in the 1920s. From the 1930s Knipper modified his style more in line with political dictates. He devoted his time to folk music research notating folk songs of Turkmenia, Kirgizia and other regions
Knittel, Krzysztof
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1 May 1947
Warsaw, Poland
 studied sound engineering and composition with Tadeusz Baird, Andrzej Dobrowolski and Wlodzimierz Kotonski at the Academy of Music in Warsaw. Since 1973 he has collaborated with the Experimental Studio of the Polish Radio. In 1974-75 he studied computer programming in the Institute of Mathematics of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He also took part in the new music courses in Darmstadt (1974, 1976). Knittel is a co-founder of several live electronic and intuitive music groups: KEW Composers' Group (with Elzbieta Sikora and Wojciech Michniewski, 1973-76), Cytula Tyfun da Bamba Orkiester (1981), Independent Electroacoustic Music Studio (1982-84), Light from Poland (1985-87), and the European Improvisation Orchestra (1996)
Knopfler, Mark
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Knupfer, Sebastian
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Knussen, Oliver
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Kobayashi, Akira
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Kobrich, Johann Anton
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Koch, Erland Sigurd Christian Jag Vogt von
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26 Apr. 1910
Stockholm, Sweden
31 Jan. 2009
Stockholm, Sweden
composer of orchestral works, often with folkloric elements but equally as often with a tight, unequivocal tone language
Koch, Jesper
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Koch, Jobst Hermann
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Koch, Johannes
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Koch, Sigurd von
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28 Jun. 187916 Mar. 1919Swedish Romantic composer, father of Erland von Koch
Kochan, Gunther
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Kocher, Conrad
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Kochetov, Vadim Nikolayevich22 Nov. 1898
Moscow, Russia
31 Jul. 1951
Moscow, Russia
Russian composer
Kochurov, Yuri Vladimirovich12 Jun. 1907
Saratov, Russia
22 May 1952
Leningrad, Russia
Russian composer
Kocken (or Cokken), Jean François Barthélemy
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23 Jan. 1801
Paris, France
13 Feb. 1875
Paris, France
French bassoonist, composer of works for bassoon and author of a bassoon method
Kocsar, Miklos
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Kocsis, Zoltán
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30 May. 1930
Budapest, Hungary
 a Hungarian pianist, conductor, and composer
Koczwara, Frantisek
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Kodály, Zoltán
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16 Dec. 1882
Kecskemét, Hungary
6 Mar. 1967
Budapest, Hungary
Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist, educator, linguist and philosopher
Koechlin, Charles
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Koehne, Graeme
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Koenig, Gottfried Michael
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Koennemann, Miloslav
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Koepf, Siegfried
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Koessiakov,
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Koessler, Hans
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Koetsier, Jan
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Koglmann, Franz
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Kohaut, Carl
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Kohlenberg, Oliver
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24 Jan. 1957
Aachen, Germany
 a free twelve-tone composer, whose music has been compared to Alban Berg and Hans Werner Henze. He has written several extensive, unusually long works; for example, his Second Piano Sonata Umanak (1983) lasts about 50 minutes; his Second String Quartet (1997), dedicated to Henze, is almost as long; and his Third Symphony (1998) lasts an hour. Kohlenberg's principal works also include the operas Sina ja kookospuu (Sina and the Coconut Tree, 1987), Sipirjan lapsi (The Child of Siberia, 1998) and Magdalena (2000)
Kohler, Ernesto
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4 Dec. 1849
Modena, Italy
17 Mar. 1907
St. Petersburg, Russia
flautist and composer writing more than 100 pieces for the flute, mainly etudes. His earliest lessons were with his father but in 1869 he was appointed first flautist of the Reichs orchestra in St Petersburg, Russia
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Kohler, (Christian) Louis (Heinrich)
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5 Sep. 1820
Brunswick, Germany
16 Feb. 1886
Königsberg, Germany
German pianist, conductor, teacher and composer, who studied with Franz Liszt, Louis Kohler moved to Vienna in 1839. From 1843 Kohler was a conductor in Marienburg and Elbing until he finally settled in Königsberg in 1847. Here Kohler composed operas and ballets. Today, Kohler is primarily remembered for his educational piano compositions and collections. The Grand duo polonais pour violon et piano concertant (1852) written by the brothers Henryk and Joseph Wieniawski is dedicated to Louis Kohler
Kohler, Gottlieb Heinrich
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17651833composer
Kohlermann, Angelika
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Kokai, Rezso
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Kokkonen, Joonas
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13 Nov. 1921
Iisalmi, Finland
2 Oct. 1996
Järvenpää, Finland
his output as a whole and his works individually display a remarkably high degree of coherence and an immediately identifiable voice. Kokkonen often quoted his friend architect Alvar Aalto saying that creative work is governed by a "passion for quality". Kokkonen was a self critical composer whose work was controlled by a strong sense of self discipline, conciseness and removal of everything that was superfluous. His output never grew very large, partly also because of his distinguished career as an influential figure in Finnish music, Professor of Composition, Academician and holder of many elected posts
Kolar, Margo
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Kolatschewski, Michail Nikolajew 2 Oct. 1851Russian composer
Kolb, Barbara
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Kolb, Karlmann
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Kolb, Simon
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Kolberg, Kare
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Kolessa, Mykola
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6 Dec. 1903
Ukraine
 graduating from the Prague State Conservatory in the class of eminent composer Vitëzslav Novák (student of Antonin Dvorák), he himself the task to integrate the folk idioms of the Ukraine mountains into 20th western musical forms
Kollo, Walter
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Kollo, Willi
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Köln (von), Annac. 14801530known for her monophonic songs from about 1525
Kolodner, Ken
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Komarova, Tatyana
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Komitas, Sogomon
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18691935ethnomusicologist, monk, and choir master was one of Armenia's greatest composers
Komma, Karl Michael
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Komorous, Rudolf
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Komorowski, Ignaz
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24 Feb 1824
Warsaw, Poland
14 Oct 1857he belonged for many years to the theatre orchestra in Warsaw, after which he benefited by the instruction of Adam Hermann senior. As a composer be attained great popularity in his native land by his charming songs, full of poetical sentiment
Komter, Jan Maarten
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Komulainen, Juhani
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22 Apr. 1953
Finland
 studied composition at the University of Miami in the US, and with Einojuhani Rautavaara in Finland. He gained a reputation in the 1990s through his successful participation in several Finnish and international competitions. His choral music combines a melodic propensity, a lyrical basic mood, a soft brand of free tonality and a style-independent freedom of expression.
Komzak, Karel jr
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Kon, Severyn
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Kondo, Jo
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Koninck, Servaes de
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Koningshofer, Franz
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Konitopoulos, Yorgos
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Konitopoulou, Irini
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Konitz, Lee
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Konjovic, Petar18831970composer, writer about music and musical organiser, Konjovic was the director of the Zagreb opera, the manager of the Osijek opera, and one of the founders of the Academy of Music and the Institute of Musicology in Belgrade. He composed operas inspired by folk music, stylistically close to the work of Leos Janacek. His operas The Prince of Zeta (1929) and Kostana (1931; performed in Brno in 1932 and in Prague in 1935) were really musical dramas, while his chansons were often closely based on traditional folk melodies
Konyus (or Conus, Konjus, Konius), Georgy Eduardovich30 Sep. 1862
Moscow, Russia
29 Aug. 1933
Moscow, Russia
Russian musicologist and composer
Konyus (or Conus, Konjus), Julius Eduardvich30 Jan. 1869
Moscow, Russia
12 Mar. 1942
Malenki, France
violinist, teacher and composer
Koolmees, Hans
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Koomans, Dick
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Kopelent, Marek
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Koper, Karl Heinz
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Kopilov (r Kopylov, Kopylof, Kopuilov), Alexander Alexandrovich14 Jul. 1854
St. Petersburg, Russia
20 Feb. 18911
Strelna, nr. St. Petersburg, Russia
Russian violinist, teacher and composer
Kopitz, Klaus Martin
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Koppel, Anders
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17 Jul. 1947
Copenhagen, Denmark
 Danish composer and musician, son of composer Herman D. Koppel. He co-founded the rock group Savage Rose. Koppel has twice received the Robert for best film score (1994 and 1996). Composer of over 100 works of score music - solo pieces, chamber music, orchestral and vocal works, 20 concertos and an opera. Among his concertos, which form the main body of his orchestral work, are four concertos for marimba
Koppel, David Herman
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1 Oct. 1908
Copenhagen, Denmark
14 Jul. 1998
Denmark
Danish composer and pianist who wrote 13 symphonies, numerous concertos, and 20 string quartets
Koppel, Thomas Herman II
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27 Apr. 1944
Sweden
25 Feb. 2006
Puerto Rico
versatile Danish classical music and avant-garde popular composer and musician. Co-founder, with his brothers Anders, of the rock group Savage Rose. He wrote string quartets, a piano concerto, operas, cantatas, a ballet, symphonies and other orchestral works. At age 18 he completed his first opera The Story of a Mother, based on a tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Koppel composed the score in 1971 for the ballet Dødens Triumf (Triumph of Death) which was danced naked at the Royal Danish Theatre
Koppoolse, David
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Kopriva, Karel Blazej
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Kopriva, Vaclav Jan
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Koptjajew (or Koptiaiev), Alexander (or Alex) Petrovich10 Dec. 1868
St. Petersburg, Russia
27 Jan. 1941
Leningrad, Russia
Russian composer
Kopylov, Alexander
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Korchmaryov (or Korchmarev, Kortschmarew, Kortchmariov, Kortchmaref), Klimenty (or Clemens, Klementi) Arkad'yevich3 Jul. 1899
Verkhne-Dneprovsk, Russia
7 Apr. 1958
Moscow, Russia
Russian pianist and composer
Kord, Mira (see Vorlova, Slava)   
Koreschtschenko (or Koreshchenko, Koresjtsjenko, Koresjtjenko, Korestchenko), Arseni Nikolajewitsch18 Dec. 1870
Moscow, Russia
6 Jan 1921
Kharkov, Ukraine
Russian pianist and composer
Korganov (or Korganoff), Genary (or Gennadi, Gannari, Yanuary) Osipovich12 May 1858
Kvareli, Georgia, Russia
12 Apr. 1890
Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Russian pianist and composer
Korndorf, Nikolai
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23 Jan. 1947
Moscow, Russia
30 May 2001
Vancouver, Canada
Russian conductor and compoer who became a Canadian citizen in 1991
Korngold, Erich Wolfgang
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29 May 1897
Brno, Czech Republic
29 Nov. 1957
Los Angeles, USA
a 20th century neoromantic composer who was a prolific writer of film scores
Kornowicz, Jerzy
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Korte, Oldrich
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Kortekangas, Olli
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16 May 1955
Turku, Finland
 a composer who focuses on the combination and interaction of music and text. For him, the content of a text is an essential component of a piece of music, not just phonetic material for the singers. Vocal works and operas form the majority of his output, although he has also written a considerable body of instrumental music
Kos Anatolsky, Anatoly
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Koshits (or Koshetz), Alexander (or Oleksandr) Antonovich12 Sep. 1875
Romashki, Cherkass, Russia
21 Sep. 1944
Winnipeg, Canada
Russian-born choir conductor, musicologist and composer
Koshkin, Nikita
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Kosk, Patrik20 Mar. 1951
Helsinki, Finland
 Finnish composer who has worked at the electronic music studio at the University of Helsinki
Koskelin, Olli
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16 Apr. 1955
Finland
 he emerged as a Modernist in the early 1980s, but even some of his early works already show his attraction to traditional values of beauty. His music has since progressed towards a soft nuanced idiom sometimes described as Neo-Impressionism, with spectral harmonies and overtone series playing an important part. In addition to writing instrumental and vocal works, Koskelin has shown an interest in crossdiscipline projects. He has written several dance works such as Kylmäntähti (Coldstar, 1992), Yönvartija (The Nightwatchman, 1992), Minä olen ruumiini (I Am My Body, 1994) and Puutarhuri (The Gardener, 1995); film music, for example for Jaakko Pyhälä's Armon aika (Time for Mercy, 1999); music for the stage, for example for Juha Siltanen's Strip-tease (1991); and the radiophonic work To whom it may concern (1990)
Koskinen, Juha T.
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26 Oct. 1972
Helsinki, Finland
 a composer pursuing a Modernist style, his approach is highlighted by his use of harsh and severe tones that can be deliberately rough and defiant at times
Koskinen, Jukka
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4 Mar. 1965
Helsinki, Finland
 a composer who has remained strictly within the confines of an uncompromising Modernist aesthetic. He polishes his works with care, and although his output is limited, his profile is clear and logical
Koskinen, Jyrki1964 head master of the military music school in Lahti, central Finland. Many of his arrangements and compositions have become very popular, including the arrangement of En voi sua unhoittaa poies, a Finnish folk tune
Kosma, Joseph
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Kosmas de melode
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Kostenko, Valentin1895
Uriadev, Ukraine
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Kostiainen, Pekka
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16 Mar. 1944
Jyväskylä, Finland
 primarily known for his choral works, he is a successful choir conductor and is well grounded in both the potential and the limitations of various types of choirs. Kostiainen's music is usually free-tonal, but his idiom extends further both ways, both towards pure tonality and towards more contemporary vocal techniques. For example, in one of his best-known works, Jaakobin pojat (Jacob's Sons, 1976), the Biblical list of names is presented using Sprechgesang, whispers, glissandos, highest and lowest possible notes of undetermined pitch, and a spatial element
Kostelanetz, Andre
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23 Dec 1901
St. Petersburg, Russia
13 Jan 1980
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
was one of the biggest names in American light orchestral music in the middle of the 20th century. During a period of 20 years from around 1940 onwards he conducted a series of recordings that stand as fine examples of the art of the orchestral arranger; sadly his later records were not so well received by his fans, who believed that his record company forced him to bow to commercial pressures
Koszewski, Andrzej
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26 Jul. 1922
Poznan, Poland
 composer, musicologist, music publicist and teacher. He completed his music studies in several areas: music theory (1948) and composition (1953) under Stefan B. Poradowski at the State College of Music in Poznan, post-graduate music studies under Tadeusz Szeligowski at the State Higher School of Music in Warsaw (now the F. Chopin Academy of Music), and musicology under Adolf Chybinski at the Poznan University (1950). Since 1957 Koszewski has been teaching composition at the State College of Music in Poznan (as professor since 1978)
Kothen, Axel von1871
Finland
1927National Romantic composer focusing on solo songs
Kotik, Petr
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Kotilainen, Esa   
Kotilainen, Otto1868
Finland
1936National Romantic composer focusing on solo songs
Kotonski, Wlodzimierz
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23 Jul 1925
Warsaw, Poland
 studied with Piotr Rytel and Tadeusz Szeligowski at the Warsaw Higher School of Music. In 1957-61 he attended the International Courses of New Music in Darmstadt. One of the regular collaborators the Polish Radio Experimental Studio, he also worked at the electronic music studios of Westdeutscher Rundfunk in Cologne (1966-67) and Groupe de Recherchers Musicales ORTF in Paris (1970). In 1970-71 he was in West Berlin as fellow of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. Since 1983 he has lectured composition and directed the Electronic Music Studios at the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. Since 1983 he has been professor of this school. Among his numerous pupils there are such composers as Pawel Szymanski, Hanna Kulenty, Stanislaw Kurpowicz, Tadeusz Wielecki, Edward Sielicki, Jacek Grudzien
Kotschetow (or Kotsjetov, Kochetov, Kotchotov), Nikolai Razumnikovich26 Jun. 1864
Oranienbaum, Russia
3 Jan. 1925
Moscow, Russia
Russian composer, conductor and critic
Kotter, Johannes
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Kottke, Leo
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Kotzwara, Franz
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Koukouzelis, Ioannis
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Koumans, Rudolf
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Kourliandsky, Dmitry
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Koussevitzky (or Kussewitzky, Kussevitzky, Koesevitski, Kusevitsky), Sergei (Sergey) Alexandrovich14 Jul. 1874
Vishny-Volotchok, Russia
4 Jun. 1951
Boston, Mass. USA
Russia born conductor, double bass player and composer
Kouyate, Kandia
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Kovac, Boris
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Koval, Marian Viktorovich17 Aug. 1907
Pristan Vozneseniya, Russia
15 Feb. 1971
Moscow, Russia
Russian composer
Kovarovic, Karel
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Kovats, Barna
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Koven, (Henry Louis) Reginald De
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3 Apr. 1859
Middletown, Conn., USA
16 Jan. 1920
Chicago, USA
American composer
Kowalski, Michael
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Kox, Hans
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Kozeluch, Jan Antonin Thomas
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Kozeluch, Leopold
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Kozlov, Sergei
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Kozlowski (or Kozlovsky, Koszlovski, Kozlowski), Jozef (or Osip, Iosif, Jozef, Yuzef) Antonovichc. 1757
Warsaw, Poland
27 Feb. 1831
St. Petersburg, Russia
Polish-born composer and conductor
Kraehenbuehl, David19231997he studied at the University of Illinois, the Yale School of Music (under Paul Hindemith), and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland. In addition to his work as a composer, from 1950 to 1960 Kraehenbuehl held faculty positions at Colorado College and at Yale. He was a founder and the first editor of the Journal of Music Theory. Kraehenbuehl left academia in 1960 and devoted the rest of his life to raising the standards of piano pedagogy in the United States. He was also instrumental in composing and editing sacred music for Roman Catholic services following the dictates of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965)
Krafft, Franz Jozef
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Kraft, Anton
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Kraft, Edwin Arthur8 Jan. 188315 Jul. 1962
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Edwin Kraft studied in Paris with Guilmant and Widor. He was municipal organist of the city of Atlanta. Later he became organist of Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio. He did not compose many works, but published a number of organ transcriptions. His only organ composition is a Polish Lullaby
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Krahmer, Caroline1794
Germany
 a clarinet virtuoso whose compositions were published
Krajci, Mirko
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Kramar, Frantisek Vincenc
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Kramer, Jonathan
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Kramer, Leo
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Kramer, Otto
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Kramer, Thomas
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Krasa, Hans
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Krasotov, Oleksandr
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5 May 1936
Odessa, Ukraine
 Russian composer who graduated from the Odessa State A.V.Nezhdanova Conservatoire (1959), where he studied composition and musicology, going on then to take a doctorate at Moscow State Conservatory
Kraus, Joseph Martin
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17561792composer
Kraus, Marco
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1955
Luxembourg
 pianist and composer from Luxembourg
Krause, Christian Gottfried
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Krauze, Zygmunt
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1938
Warsaw, Poland
 Polish pianist and composer. He studied piano and composition at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, then in Paris with Nadia Boulanger. In 1957 he was awarded First Prize at the All-Polish Contemporary Competition in Lódz, in 1966 - first Prize at the International Competition of Gaudeamus Foundation in Holland.
Krcek, Jaroslav
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Krcha, Bartlomiej
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Krebs, Joachim
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Krebs, Johann Ludwig
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Krebs, Johann Tobias
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Kreek, Cyrillus
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Krehl, Stephan
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Krein (or Krejn, Kreyn), Alexander Abramovich20 Oct. 1883
Nishi Novgorod
21 Apr. 1951
Moscow, Russia
Russian cellist and composer
Krein (or Krejn, Kreyn), Grigori18 Mar. 1879
Nishi Novgorod
6 Jan. 1955
nr. Leningrad, Russia
Russian violinist and composer
Krein (or Krejn, Kreyn), Julian5 Mar. 1913
Moscow, Russia
 Russian composer and musicologist
Kreiser, Edward18691917composer and organist of the Independance Boulevard Church in Kansas City
Kreisler, Fritz18751962Austrian-born American violinist, a student of his father, Dont, Hellmesberger, Jr., and Massart. His initial tours of the US (1889-90) were only moderately successful, and he returned to Europe, abandoning music to study medicine. He resumed his concert career in 1899, and his 2nd US tour (1900-01) took his audiences by storm. He was one of the most popular violinists of all time. He wrote many fine works for the violin
Kreisler, Georg
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Krek, Uros
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Kremberg, Jakob
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1650 Polish musician, composer
Krenek, Ernst
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23 Aug. 1900
Vienna, Austria
22 Dec. 1991
Palm Springs, USA
Austrian composer
Krenn, Franz
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26 Feb. 1816
Droß, Austria
18 Jun. 1897
St. Andrä, Austria
Austrian composer and composition teacher
Krenz, Jan
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Kretenzer, Georgis de
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Kreuder, Peter Paul
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Kreutzer, Auguste
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Kreutzer, Conradin
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Kreutzer, Joseph (oroginially Jean Nicolas Auguste)
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1778
Versailles, France
1832
Paris, France
French composer
Kreutzer, Leonid13 Mar. 1884
St. Petersburg, Russia
30 Oct. 1953
Tokyo, Japan
Russian pianist, musical director and composer
Kreutzer, Rodolphe
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16 Nov. 1766
Versailles, France
6 Jan. 1831
Geneva, Switzerland
French violinist, teacher, composer and conductor
Krezma, Franjo1862
Osijek, Croatia
1881an authentic violin virtuoso, and concert master in the Royal orchestra in Berlin (today's Berliner Philharmonie) at the age of 17, he had been admired throughout Europe from the age of 13. He enroled at the Conservatory of Vienna at the age of 9 as the youngest student ever and completed his studies four years later. Many musicians, among them Giuseppe Verdi, Franz Liszt and Henry Vieuxtemps, considered him Paganini's successor but he died young at the age of 19. About 100 of his pieces have been recently discovered in Zagreb
Krieg, Hans
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Krieger, Adam
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Krieger, Edino
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Kriéger, Georges18851916Kriéger was a pupil of Gigout and Vierne, but also studied organ with Guilmant. He was appointed to be choir organist of the church of La Madeleine in Paris. He composed a Toccata (in E minor) for organ. Kriéger died in action in 1916
Krieger, Johann
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Krieger, Johann Philipp
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Kroesen, Jill
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Krohn, Ilimari1867
Finland
1960composer of vocal music, mainly sacred. He wrote several extensive works such as cantatas, oratorios and the Biblical opera Tuhotulva (The Flood, 1918/29)
Krol, Bernhard
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Kroll, Georg
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Kroll, William
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1901
New York City, NY, USA
1980
Boston, Mass. USA
an American composer and violinist - his most famous composition is Banjo and Fiddle for violin and piano
Krommer, Franz Vinzenz
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27 Nov. 1759
Moravia
8 Jan 1831a Moravian composer of classical music, whose seventy-year life began the year of the death of George Frideric Handel and ended a few years after that of Ludwig van Beethoven
Kromolicki, Joseph
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18821961he was a Berlin-based Pole working primarily as a church musician in the first half of the 20th century, writing very much in a lyrical late-romantic aesthetic
Kropfgans, Johann
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1708c.1770noted writer for the lute
Krôpfl, Francisco1931
Hungary
 moved to Argentina in 1932 where he was an electroacoustic music pioneer and in 1958 founded the first studio (the Musical Phonology studio of Buenos Aires). Directed the Instituto di Tella, the CICMAT and the LIPM and presently director of the Arts National Foundation in Argentina
Krotkov (or Krotkow), Nikolay (or Nikolai) Sergeyevich29 Apr. 1849 Russian composer
Krouse, Ian
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1956
Olney, Maryland, USA
 American composer and academic
Krstic, Petar18771957a Serbian opera composer
Krufft, Baron Nikolaus Freiherr von
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1 Feb. 1779
Vienna, Austria
16 Apr. 1818
Vienna, Austria
Austrian court official, pianist and composer
Krüger, Jules
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1899
Luxembourg
1976
Luxembourg
violinist and composer from Luxembourg
Kruisbrink, Annette
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Kruisselbrink, Astrid
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Krumlovsky, Claus
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1930
Luxembourg
 pianist and composer from Luxembourg
Krumpholtz, Anne-Marie (Steckler)
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17551813daughter of the harp maker Christian Steckler, she arrived in Paris in 1777 with Johann-Baptiste Krumpholtz. After the death of Krumpholtz's first wife (Marguérite Gilbert) Anne-Marie and Johann-Baptiste married. The Krumpholtzes had three children one Fanny Krumpholtz Pittar also becoming a celebrated harpist. But by 1788 Anne-Marie had fallen for the pianist J.L. Dussek. She ran off with him to London in 1788. Anne-Marie became a popular soloist in London, often playing Dussek's duos concertantes for harp and piano. But he left her and married another harpist (and also singer and pianist), Sophia Corri, in 1792. By the end of the century, he had abandoned her and their daughter. Anne-Marie composed many sonatas, although she published mostly fashionable harp arrangements of well known tunes and themes and variations which found a market with young women desiring "domestic music"
Krumpholtz, Johann-Baptist
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1742
Czechoslovakia
1790
Paris, France
French composer and harpist. He learned music from his father while growing up in Paris; in 1773 he played a successful harp concerto in the Burgtheater in Vienna. After serving three years in Count Esterrházy's court orchestra (1773 - 1776) during which he is said to have taken counterpoint lessons with Joseph Haydn, he embarked on a successful concert tour of Europe. In Paris and Metz he worked with manufacturers towards improving the construction of the harp. He composed concertos and sonatas for harp and chamber music. He drowned himself in the Seine after his wife, Anne-Marie Krumpholtz, also a virtuoso harpist, eloped to London with the pianist Jan Ladislav Dussek
Krupa, Gene
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Krupowicz, Stanislaw
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Kruse, Bjorn
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Kruyf, Ton de
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Krylov (or Kriloff,Krylow, Krilov), Pavel (or Paul) Dmitriyevich3 Mar. 1885
Kalinin, Russia
21 Apr. 1935
Moscow, Russia
Russian composer
Kryukov (or Kriukov, Krjukov, Krjoekov, Krioukov), Vladimir Nikolayevich9 Jul. 1902
Moscow, Russia
14 Jun. 1960
Staraya Ruza, nr. Moscow, Russia
Russian composer
Kubatschek, Hermann
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Kubelik, Rafael
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Kubiczek, Walter
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Kubik, Ladislav
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Kubisch, Christina
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Kubizek, Augustin
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Kuchar, Jan Krtitel
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Kuchynka, Vojta
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Kufferath, Johann Hermann
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Küffner, Joseph
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1776
Wurzburg, Germany
1856
Wurzburg, Germany
a prolific composer and arranger for guitar, and writer of large amounts of chamber music. His Quintet in B flat, Op. 32 was previously attributed to Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826)
Kuhlau, (Daniel Rudolf) Friedrich
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11 Sep. 1786
Germany
12 Mar. 1832
12 Mar. 1832
Denmark
German-Danish composer during the Classical and Romantic periods
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Kuhn, Rolf
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Kuhn, Siegfried
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Kuhn, Steve
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Kuhnau, Johann
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6 Apr. 1660
Geising, Germany
5 Jun. 1722
Leipzig, Germany
German composer, organist and harpsichordist who preceded Bach as the cantor of the Thomaskirche (St Thomas Church) in Leipzig
Kuhnel, August
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Kuhr, Gerd
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Kuiler, Kor
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Kuitunen, Kimmo1968
Finland
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Kuivalatar, Mateli
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Kuivila, Ronald
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Kukal, Ondrej
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Kukuck, Felicitas
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Kukuzel, Yoan
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Kulenty, Hannah
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18 Mar. 1961
Bialystok, Poland
 began her music education as a pianist in the G. Bacewicz Elementary Music School in Warsaw. From 1980 to 1986 she studied composition with Wlodzimierz Kotonski at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. From 1986-1988 she did her post-graduate work in composition with Louis Andriessen, at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague. She participated in the International Courses for Young Composers organized by the Polish Section of the ISCM, and the International Summer Courses of New Music at Darmstadt. The year 1985 was very important for her career: her composition for symphony orchestra, Ad Unum, received second prize at the European Young Composers' Competition, organized in Amsterdam by the European Cultural Foundation to celebrate the continent's unity. The theme of her work, a dissonant, dramatic and well-crafted study of convergence towards musical unity, was eminently suitable for this occasion. The same piece by the 24-year old composer, performed at the Warsaw Autumn Festival, elicited an enthusiastic response from Jan Weber, a very powerful music critic who warned Kulenty's male colleagues: "Gentlemen, hear and tremble!"
Kulikovich, Nikolay
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Kuljeric, Igor
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Kull, Raimund
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Kullak, Theodor
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Kulthum, Umm
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Kummer, Friedrich August
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5 Aug 1797
Meiningen, Germany
22 Aug 1879
Dresden, Germany
Friedrich August Kummer made his name in violoncello history as a talented performer, teacher and author of many teaching compositions for the cello
Kummer, Kaspar
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Kunileid, Aleksander
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Kunneke, Eduard
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Kunst, Jos
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Kunzen, Friedrich
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Kuokkala, Kimmo
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23 May 1973
Vihti, Finland
 Finnish guitarist and composer
Kuosmanen, Kari1946
Finland
 composer whose output includes music for accordion and choral works
Kupkovic, Ladislav
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Kupper, Leo
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Kupsch, Thomas
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Kurakina, Natalia
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Kürenberger, Der von
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fl. 1160 it is possible that Der von Kürenberg is the first poet of the "Golden Age" of Middle High German poetry. He is an Austrian nobleman possibly from the area around Linz. Some of the 14 stanzas that appear in Minnesangsfrühling group themselves into poems
Kurenniemi, Erkki1941
Finland
 Kurenniemi began to construct Finland's first purpose-designed electronic music studio at the Department of Musicology at the University of Helsinki in 1962
Kuri-Aldana, Mario (see Kuri, Mario Aldana)   
Kurka, Robert
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Kuronen, Jouni
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25 Mar. 1958
Kuopio, Finland
 Finnish pianist and composer
Kurpinski, Karol Kazimierz
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6 Mar. 1785
Wloszakowice, Poland
18 Sep. 1857
Warsaw, Poland
one of the most talented Polish composers before Chopin and helped to lay the foundations of a national style and prepared the ground for Polish music of the Romantic period. Gifted with exceptional creative originality, he contributed to the development of Polish opera, introducing new musical devices and achieving an intensified dramatic expression. Operas and polonaises form the largest part of his output. His operas were successful at the time and some, for instance The Castle of Czorsztyn, have not lost their appeal. Of his 24 stage works, nine survive complete and eight in part, while the rest have been lost. Although brought up on the Viennese Classics, Kurpinski followed the spirit of his times, combining the new achievements of European music with the folklore of his own country
Kurtag, Gyorgy
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19 Feb. 1926
Lugoj, Romania
 a Hungarian composer of contemporary music
Kuryokhin, Sergey (also Sergei Kuriokhin, Sergueï Kouriokhine, Sergey Kuriokhin)
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16 Jun. 1954
Murmansk, Russia
9 Jul. 1996
St. Petersburg, Russia
Russian film actor, film composer, pianist, music director, experimental artist and writer based in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Kurzbock (von), Magdalenefl. late 18th century
Austria
 composer who was also a talented amateur pianist; Haydn dedicated a sonata to her
Kusser (or Cousser), Johann Sigismund
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23 Feb. 1660
Preßburg, Germany
Nov. 1727
Dublin, Ireland
German conductor and composer. He was a pupil of Lully in Paris, where he lived 1674-82, one of the directors of the Hamburg Opera 1694-96, and Kapellmeister at Stuttgart 1700-04. He went to London in 1705, and later to Dublin, where he became director of music to the viceroy
Kutavicius, Bronius
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13 Sep. 1932
Molainiai, Lithuania
 Lithuanian composer
Kuula, Toivo
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7 Jul. 1883
Finland
18 May 1918popular composer of vocal music. He is frequently described as the 'tragic Romantic in Finnish music', chiefly because of his violent death in a shooting incident at the early age of 35. Kuula went on study trips to Italy, Germany and France and developed an interest in the Impressionism of Debussy. There are fleeting touches of Impressionism in his music, for example in the orchestral pieces Metsässä sataa (Raining in the Forest, 1912) and Hiidet virvoja viritti (The Will-o'-wisp, 1912), but for the most part his style is a flowing, nationally tinted brand of Romanticism. Kuula was also an active collector of folk music and occasionally used folk tunes in his works. Kuula made his breakthrough with two extensive and tempestuous chamber music works, the Violin Sonata in E minor (1907) and the Piano Trio in A major (1908). Earlier, he had written a few solo songs — Syystunnelma (Autumn Mood, 1904) and Aamulaulu (Morning song, 1905) — that have since become classics
Kuular, Oleg
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1958
Iskra, Tuva
 the first Tuvan musician to perform throat-singing in the United States
Kuusisto, Ilkka
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26 Apr. 1933
Helsinki, Finland
 son of composer Taneli Kuusisto and the most active opera composer in Finland today, actually began his opera career before the opera boom with Muumiooppera (Moomin Opera, 1974), based on the beloved characters created by Tove Jansson. He has since continued to write for children in the opera Pierrot ja yön salaisuudet (Pierrot and the Secrets of the Night, 1991) and in four musicals, including the jazzy Kiljusten Kalevala (Kalevala After the Kiljunen Family, 1999)
Kuusisto, Jaakko
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17 Jan. 1974
Helsinki, Finland
 his chamber music output includes two String Quartets (1992, 1997), the Fantasia (1995) for flute, clarinet and piano, Play (1998) for clarinet and piano trio, and Loisto (2000) for violin and piano, commissioned as a compulsory piece for the Sibelius Violin Competition in 2000
Kuusisto, Taneli
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19 Jan. 1905
Helsinki, Finland
30 Mar. 1988
Helsinki, Finland
composer, church organist, choir conductor, holder of several elected posts and Rector of the Sibelius Academy from 1959 to 1971
Kuwahara, Yasuo
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1946
Kobe, Japan
6 Dec. 2003
Japan
Japanese virtuoso mandolin player, composer, teacher and luthier. His two mandolin concertos are amongst the most virtuoso works for mandolin
Kuznetsov (or Kusnetzow), Konstantin Alexeyevich9 Sep. 1883
St. Petersburg, Russia
25 May 1953
Moscow, Russia
Russian musicologist who also used the pseudonym A. K. Smis
Kuznetsov, Vyacheslav
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1955
Vienna, Austria
 Austrian-born Belorussian composer of mostly stage, orchestral, chamber, choral, and vocal works. He co-founded with Sergey Beltiukov, Galina Gorelova, Dmitry Lybin, Yevgeny Poplavsky, and others the Belorussian Society for Contemporary Music in 1990 and served as its chairman from 1995-2001. He has taught as a professor of music at the Belorussian Academy of Music in Minsk since 1987 and has been chair of the instrumentation and score-reading department since 1998
Kvandal, Johan
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8 Sep. 1919
Oslo, Norway
16 Feb. 1999
Bærum, Norway
composer, conductor, music critic and archivist, son of the composer David Monrad Johansen, Kvandal is among Norway's most frequently performed composers, his music is annually present on the repertory of the large orchestras. He graduated as an organist and conductor from the Music Conservatory in Oslo. In addition he studied composition with Per Steenberg, Arild Sandvold and Geirr Tveitt. He continued his composition studies with Joseph Marx in Vienna, and Nadia Boulanger in Paris
Kverno, Trond
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20 Oct. 1945
Oslo, Norway
 contemporary Norwegian composer well known for his liturgical music
Kyburz, Hanspeter
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1960
Lagos, Nigera
 born to Swiss parents, Kyburg is a contemporary Swiss composer of chamber music, known for applying electronic music techniques to his productions
Kyllönen, Timo-Juhani
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1 Dec. 1955
Saloinen, Finland
 unusually for a Finnish composer, he completed his composition studies in Moscow, where he had initially gone to study the accordion. His music has a Russian flavour, particularly of Shostakovich; whether this is actually due to his studying in Moscow is another matter. That flavour is at its most apparent in his slow movements, which tend to be elegiac meditations. Kyllönen spices his fast movements with ostinatos and occasionally with unsymmetrical metres
Kyriakides, Yannis
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1969
Limassol, Cyprus
 Cypriot-born composer and musicologist, Kyriakides emigrated to Britain in 1975 whiere he began his studies but later moved to The Netherlands and now lives and works in Amsterdam
Kytasty, Julian
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1958
Detroit, Michigan, USA
 Ukrainian-American composer, singer, kobzar, bandurist and flute player
Kyurkchiyski (or Kiurkchiiskii), Krassimir
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1936 Bulgarian composer who has written in all genres: ballets, cantatas, instrumental concerti and symphonic works
[entry prompted by Mike Edwards]