Personalities to the letter «B»



22/01/1921, Erivan, Armenia - 11/11/1983, Moscow, USSR

Famous Armenian composer, pianist, People’s Artist of the USSR (1970). A celebrated piano virtuoso, Babajanyan was known for performing his own works. He composed in different ...


BACEWICZ Grazyna (B-1)

05/05/1913, Lodz, Russia - 17/01/1969, Warszawa, Poland

Polish composer, violinist and pianist. She studied composition in Warsaw Conservatory with Kazimierz Sikorski, the violin with Józef Jarzębski and the piano with Józef Turczyński, th...


BACH Carl Philip Emmanuel (B-2)

08/03/1714, Weimar – 14/12/1788, Hamburg

German composer, second surviving son of Johann Sebastian Bach and Maria Barbara Bach.  His second name was given in honor of his godfather Georg Philipp Telemann, a friend of Johann...

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BACH Johann Christian (B-3)

05/09/1735, Leipzig, Germany – 01/01/1782, London, UK

German composer of the Classical era, the eighteenth child of Johann Sebastian Bach, and the youngest of his eleven sons. After 8 years in Italy, Bach moved to London in 1762, where he became ...


BACH Johann Sebastian (B-4)

31/03/1685, Eisenach, Germany – 28/07/1750, Leipzig, Germany

German composer of the Baroque era. Although he was admired by his contemporaries primarily as an outstanding harpsichordist and church organist, Bach is now generally regarded as one of the greate...


BACH Wilhelm Friedemann (B-5)

22/11/1710, Weimar, Germany – 01/07/1784, Berlin, Germany

German composer and organist, the second child and eldest son of Johann Sebastian Bach and Maria Barbara Bach. He was appointed  to the position of organist of the St. Sophia's Churc...


BACKHAUS Wilhelm (B-6)

26/03/1884, Leipzig, Germany – 05/071969, Villach, Austria

German pianist and pedagogue. He was particularly well known for his interpretations of Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin and Brahms. He was also much admired as a chamber musician. In 1930,...


BADIALI Cesare (B-7)

Italian opera singer (bass). He launched his carrier in 1827 in Triest, later he successfully sang in Milan, Madrid, Lisbon, Vienna, London. His last concert was at Grand-Opera in Paris. He was bes...


BADINGS Hank (B-8)

17/01/1907, Bandung, Java – 26/06/1987, Maarheeze, Netherlands

Dutch composer. He worked as a mining engineer and palaeontologist at Delft until 1937, after which he dedicated his life entirely to music. Badings used unusual musical scales and harmon...



Born 06/10/1927, Vienna, Austria

Famous Austrian pianist. He studied piano and conducting in Vienna Conservatorium (1945-48) and attended the piano master classes of Edwin Fischer. He first rose to prominence by winning first...


BAISEITOVA Kulyash (B-10)

02/05/1912, Vernyi (Alma-Ata), Russia - 06/06/1957, Moscow, USSR

Kazakh Soviet Opera actress (lyric-coloratura soprano). In 1925-1928 she studied at the Alma-Ata pedagogical College, participated in musical Amateur performances. Since 1930, she studied acting&nb...


BAKER Josephine (B-11)

03/06/1906, St.Louis, Missouri, USA - 12/04/1975, Paris, France

American-born French entertainer, singer, activist and French Resistance agent. During her early career she was renowned as a dancer, and was among the most celebrated performers to headline t...


BAKFARK Balint (B-12)

1526-30, Brasso, Transylvania - 15 (or 22) 1576, Padua, Italy

Hungarian composer and virtuoso lutenist of the Renaissance. He almost certainly wrote an enormous amount of music, but very little was printed: a commonly given reason was that it was si...



02/01/1837, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia - 29/05/1910. St. Petersbourg, Russia

Russian composer, pianist, conductor, head of the musical Association "The Mighty Five". In childhood he studied piano with A. Dubuque. He was a volunteer at the faculty of mathematics of Kaza...


BALOKOVIC Zlatko (B-14)

21/03/1895, Zagreb, Austria-Hungary - 29/03/ 1965, Venice, Italy

Croatian violinist. He studied at the Zagred Conservatorium and with Otakar Ševčík in Vienna. He appeared as a soloist with orchestras and a recitalist in major music concert halls of...

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