The Personal Website of Mark W. Dawson

Containing His Articles, Observations, Thoughts, Meanderings,
and some would say Wisdom (and some would say not).

Classical Music Lists

Classical music in the 20th century used to be the purview of white European males. Any other background found it difficult to find employment in Classical Music. This has changed significantly in the latter part of the 20th century and the 21st century. To this I say BRAVO!  Today when you attend a Classical Music performance you will find a diverse membership within the performers, soloists, and conductors. There as also been a significant increase in the number of quality performers and performances of young artists. I would encourage you to look into these young artists. Here are some list of Classical Music performers that are changing this for the better.

Please note that these lists are under development and may take some months to complete. Thank you for your patience.

Any suggestions for these lists, or a new list, can be emailed to

Top Female Pianists:

Top Female Violinists:

Top Female Conductors:

Top Asian Artists:

  • In Progress

Top Latino Artists:

  • In Progress

Top Black Artists:

  • In Progress


  • Alina Cojocaru (Cinderella)
  • Anastasia Stashkevich (Bolshoi Ballet: Esmeralda)
  • Anna Tikhomirova (Bolshoi Ballet: Don Quixote)
  • Diana Vishneva (Romeo and Juliet)
  • Ekaterina Krysanova (Bolshoi Ballet: Jewels)
  • Evgenia Obraztsova (Bolshoi Ballet: Marco Spada)
  • Gillian Murphy (American Ballet Theater: Swan Lake)
  • Ludmila Pagliero (Paris Opera Ballet: Don Quixote)
  • Marianela Nunez (La Baydere)
  • Myriam Ould-Braham (Paris Opera Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty)
  • Natalia Osipova (Flames of Paris)
  • Nina Kaptsova (Bolshoi Ballet: Le Corsaire)
  • Olesya Novikova (Raymonda)
  • Olga Smirnova (Bolshoi Ballet: Jewels)
  • Tamara Rojo (Manon)

  • Alban Lendorf (Royal Danish Ballet: Kermesse in Bruges)
  • David Hallberg (The Sleeping Beauty)
  • Friedemann Vogel (Raymonda)
  • Ivan Vasiliev (Bolshoi Ballet: La Bayadere)
  • Kimin Kim (Mariinsky Ballet: Paquita)
  • Leonid Sarafanov (Don Quixote)
  • Mathias Heymann (Paris Opera Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty)
  • Mathieu Ganio (Paris Opera Ballet: Coppelia)
  • Roberto Bolle (Sylvia)
  • Ruslan Skvortsov (Bolshoi Ballet: Esmeralda)
  • Seymon Chudin (Bolshoi Ballet: Marco Spada)
  • Steven McRae (La Fille Mal Gardee)
  • Vadim Muntagirov (Giselle)
  • Vladimir Shklyarov (Mariinsky Ballet: The Nutcracker)
  • Vyacheslav Lopatin (Bolshoi Ballet: La Slyphide)


  • Top Female Opera Singers

  • Aleksandra Kurzak, Polish coloratura soprano
  • Angela Gheorghiu, Romanian soprano
  • Anja Harteros, German soprano
  • Anna Netrebko, Russian soprano
  • Anne Sofie von Otter, Swedish mezzo-soprano
  • Annette Dasch, German soprano
  • Diane Damrau, German lyric coloratura soprano
  • Dorothea Röschmann, German soprano
  • Fiorenza Cedolins, Italian soprano
  • Joyce DiDonato, American mezzo soprano
  • Magdalena Kožená, Czech mezzo-soprano
  • Mariella Devia, Italian soprano
  • Natalie Dessay, French coloratura soprano
  • Nina Stemme, Swedish soprano
  • Olga Borodina, Russian mezzo soprano
  • Patricia Racette, American soprano
  • Renée Fleming, American soprano
  • Rinat Shaham, Israeli mezzo soprano
  • Sarah Connolly, British mezzo soprano
  • Sondra Radvanovsky, American soprano
  • Waltraud Meier, German dramatic soprano

  • Top Male Opera Singers

  • Erwin Schrott, Uruguayan bass-baritone
  • Bryn Terfel, Welsh bass-baritone
  • Carlo Colombara, Italian bass
  • Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Russian baritone
  • Erwin Schrott, Uruguayan bass-baritone
  • Ferruccio Furlanetto, Italian bass
  • Gerald Finley, Canadian bass-baritone
  • James Morris, American bass-baritone
  • John Tomlinson, English bass
  • Jonas Kaufmann, German spinto tenor
  • Joseph Calleja, Maltese tenor
  • Juan Diego Flórez, Peruvian tenor
  • Lawrence Brownlee, American tenor
  • Marcelo Álvarez, Argentine lyric tenor
  • Mariusz Kwiecien, Polish baritone
  • Plácido Domingo, Spanish tenor and conductor
  • Ramón Vargas, Mexican tenor
  • René Pape, German bass
  • Roberto Alagna, French tenor
  • Ruggero Raimondi, Italian bass-baritone
  • Simon Keenlyside, British baritone
  • Stuart Skelton, Australian heldentenor
  • Thomas Hampson, American baritone
  • Vittorio Grigolo, Italian tenor

American Patriotic Music:

Saint-Saens: Carnival of Animals-The Swan (Various Interpretations):

These interpretations are provided for your understanding how a individual piece of music can be played by many different instruments and styles.

Educational Videos:

A Touch of Humor:

Gimnazija Kranj Symphony Orchestra

The Gimnazija Kranj Symphony Orchestra, a youth orchestra based at Gimnazija Kranj which is a school in Slovenia. During my reasearch to find
Classical Music videos I discovered the orchestra. I was so impressed by their performances that I decided to create a list of their videos for your enjoyment.
A more complete list of of their Conductor Nejc Becan videos can be found on YouTube here.