While classical music may have originated many, many years ago and is considered to be one of the oldest types of music, it has changed somewhat in its overall style over the years. New ideas and adaptations have been unfolded as new talent emerges.

But, despite its many changes, it’s one genre of music that’s not died out. Classical music listeners tend to fall into three distinct categories – those that listen only to the works of great composers of yesteryear, such as Mozart, Beethoven, and Vivaldi; those that prefer to listen to ‘modern’ classical music, and those that are happy to mix it up.

The problem is that while there’s a plethora of information to be found on many of the age-old classical composers, more newly established artists in this area can be hard to find. That’s where we come in. The following are some of the most popular upcoming classical composers and groups of the 21st century. Why not check them out and see what you think?

Modern Classical Composers

While classical music in itself is quite an old style of music, there are still a number of modern composers and groups emerging all the time. So, before you reach for the credit card and go searching for the same old sounds you’ve always listened to, have a listen to some of these more modern classical composers.

*Cassandra Miller – Duet for cello and orchestra (2015)

*Brett Dean – Hamlet (2017)

*Gerald Barry – The Importance of Being Earnest (2012)

*Jonathan Harvey -String Quartet No 4 (2003)

*Kaija Saariaho – L’Amour de Loin (2000)

*Harrison Birtwistle – The Minotaur (2008)

*Hans Abrahamsen – Let Me Tell You (2013)

*Linda Catlin Smith – Piano Quintet (2014)

*David Lang – Little Match Girl Passion (2007)

These are just some of the artists’ work. If you do a quick search online, you’ll find there is a lot more material to be heard among them. However, to get an authentic feel for their talent, you need to listen to them live.