Felix Mendolssohn-Bartholdy - (1809-47) Universally ranked as one of the greatest composers of the 19thC., despite his early death. His grandfather was the famous Jewish philosopher Moses Mendelssohn. Felix was baptized as a young boy to further his career avenues. A child prodigy, he composed five symphonies and numerous other works--including the overture to "A Midsummers Nights Dream"--which includes the "Wedding March" that everyone is familiar with.
Born in Hungary in 1888, he emigrated to Germany where he was the conductor of the Dresden Royal Opera (1914-22). He moved to the U.S., and his reputation as one of the premier conductors of the century grew as he worked with the Cincinnati, Pittsurgh, and Chicago Symphonies. Died in 1962.
Abrams is a Jewish American musician from Idyllwild, California who finished in sixth place on the tenth season of American Idol. He was eliminated from the competition on April 28, 2011, five weeks after being saved from elimination by the judges.
von Tilzer was a prominent Jewish American popular song composer at the turn of the 20th Century. Wrote I Want a Girl, Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad, and Wait Till The Sun Shines, Nellie, among many others.
Brooks is a Jewish American film director, screenwriter, composer, lyricist, comedian, actor and producer. He is best known as a creator of broad film farces and comic parodies. He began his career as a stand-up comic and as a writer for the early TV variety show Your Show of Shows. In middle age he became one of the most successful film directors of the 1970s, with many of his films being among the top ten money makers of the year that they were released. His most well known films include The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, History of the World, Part I and Spaceballs.
Copland was born in Brooklyn of Lithuanian Jewish descent, the last of five children, on November 14, 1900. He was a 20th Century composer who brought American-based themes into his work (i.e. Appalachin Spring). The family name was Kaplan. It was changed, so far as Copland knew, by the Ellis Island agent.
Kernis is a Jewish American composer and professor at the Yale School of Music.
Simon is a Jewish American classical pianist.
Yampolsky was a eminent Jewish Soviet violin teacher who nurtured many generations of Russian virtuosos during his tenure at the Moscow Conservatory.
dallArpa was an Italian harpist and the likely grandson of Abramo dall'Arpa. He was one of the few Jewish musicians in Mantua in the late 16th century. In 1587, he accompanied and comforted the dying Guglielmo I Gonzaga on a trip to Goito.
Fischer is a Hungarian conductor of Jewish family origin. He is the general music director of the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra, with which he has recorded the complete Haydn symphonies for the Nimbus label, the first digital recording of the cycle. He is also Music Director of the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Chief Conductor of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra.
Marcus was an American pianist, but better known as a teacher of many other famous pianists. She was born in Kansas City, the last of 13 children of a rabbi of Russian descent. She studied under Josef Lhévinne and Artur Schnabel.