When we look at the history of music, we come from a period when some female composers had to publish their works with a nickname. As in every field, women in the field of music were able to announce their names very late due to social pressure and rules. However, if we want to list the female musicians whose works have been passed down from generation to generation and announced their music to the world, this list goes on. Therefore, we have prepared a list ranging from female artists, which were very popular during their lives, to female artists who turned up today's music charts. Enjoy your reading!
Francesca Caccini, one of the most known names of the 17th century, lived in Florence, Italy between 1587-1640. His father, Giulio Caccini, is one of the famous composers of the era. His father, Giulio Caccini, is one of the famous composers of the era. Performing at the Euridice Opera, composed by her father in 1600 in Palazzo Pitti, Francesca enchanted everyone with her singing. The composer, who firstly proves herself with her voice and then with her compositions, she announced her name got ahead of her father. 'La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola d'Alcina', which was the first Italian opera to be staged outside Italy, by Francesca Caccini, who composed five operas, has reached today.
The famous Turkish violin virtuoso Suna Kan was born in Adana in 1936. Her father, Nuri Kan, is a viola artist of the Presidential Symphony Orchestra. Suna Kan started taking violin lessons from her father when she was 5 years old and then took violin lessons from her family friend Hulusi Karsel. Kan, who won the Ankara State Conservatory exams, continued her basic violin education, which she started with Austrian educator Walter Gerhardt, with Izzet Nezih Albayrak and Gilbert Back. With her concert of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No: 5 at the concert hall of the Ankara State Conservatory when she was 10 years old, she was referred to as the 'WonderKid’ by the important names of the period with her talent and was sent to Europe for a better education with a law passed at that time and continued her education at the Paris Conservatory. Suna Kan, who won various awards in international music competitions, was awarded the title of ‘State Artist’ in 1971.
Born in 1941 in Ankara, İdil Biret began her piano education at the age of 5 with Mithat Fenmen. Just like Suna Kan, Biret, who was sent to France at the age of eight under the 'Wonder Kid' law, graduated with the first place at the age of fifteen by studying at the Paris Conservatory under the supervision of the great French musician Nadia Boulanger. Later, the pianist, who worked with Alfred Cortot and Wilhelm Kempff, one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, starting at age of 16, she has performed in over two thousand concerts covering five continents with major orchestras such as Boston Symphony, Leningrad Philharmonic, London Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic and with great chiefs like Leinsdorf, Monteux, Keilberth, Scherchen.
The twins born in Istanbul in 1953 are considered one of the best piano duo in the world. Pekinel sisters received their first music education from their mother, who was a professional pianist, and they were the students of Ferdi Statzer at a young age. At the age of 6, the duo appeared in front of the audience for the first time with the concert they gave before the President of the time. Pekinel sisters were discovered by Herbert Von Karajan in 1984 and were subsequently invited to the Salzburg Festival. The two artists have been continuing their careers worldwide since then. Güher-Süher Pekinel, who played with famous orchestras such as Berlin Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Israeli Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, English Chamber Orchestra, RAI Milano and Orchester de le Suisse Romande, gave concerts in the music centers of Japan and United States of America.
British composer and pianist Anne Dudley, who was born in 1956, founded the avant-garde synth-pop band called Art of Noise in 1983. In 1998, she won the Academy Award for the music of the movie ‘The Full Monty’, and in 2001 she became a composer of the BBC Concert Orchestra. Working with Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Seal, Marc Almond, Rod Stewart, Robbie Williams and Siphiwo, Dudley made the music for many movies such as 'American History X', 'Black Book', 'The Crying Game', 'Tristan & Isolde', She won the Grammy award with 'Peter Gunn', 'Crime Traveler', 'The Key' and 'Trial and Retribution'.
Sia Kate Isobelle Furler, born in Australia in 1975, is the only child of a musician father and an art teacher mother and has been involved in art since she was little. In 1993, when she was in high school, she founded her first band Crisp that made acid jazz, and when the group disbanded in 1997, she prepared and released her own solo album Only See, but sold only 1200 copies of the first album. Sia, who has been working with London band Zero 7 for a while in London and has made albums with the group, she made her second album ‘Color the Small One’ with the songs 'Don't Bring Me Down', 'Breathe Me', 'Where I Belong' and 'Numb' was the album that brought success. Especially after the song 'Breathe me' was used as a soundtrack in HBO's Six Feet Under series, the singer, who made her name heard to the world, worked with many famous names, especially Christina Aguilera and Cher, and wrote songs for them.
Born in 1979, Hilary Hahn started her violin training at the Peabody Institute when she was 3 years old. At the age of 10, Hahn was accepted to the Curtis Music Institute in Philadelphia, where she performed for the first time in 1991 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and she made her first music contract in 1996 with Sony Music. According to Time magazine, the young virtuoso was the best young classical musician in America and defined as a talent found in the century according to European critics, entered the Billboard lists, was nominated for Grammy and received four international awards.
Born in 1986 in California, Lindsey Stirling began taking violin lessons at the age of six. After 12 years of classical music education, she joined a rock band with her friends when she was 16 years old. After group work, she wrote a song that combined violin and rock, thereby achieving success in the National American Miss Pageant talent category. Stirling, who was the first in the 5th season of the ‘America's Got Talent’ program, which was held in America in 2010, presented many works from country to hip-hop in performance and gained the audience's appreciation.
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins was born on May 5, 1988 in London as the daughter of a young single mother. In her 2009 interview, the musician who said “My family is Turkish, Spanish and British origin… I am half Welsh because of my father”, met the music of Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald at a young age; Adele graduated from The Brit School, a school of celebrities such as Amy Winehouse, Katie Melua, Leona Lewis and Kate Nash, on the alumni list. The artist's first recording, 'Hometown Glory', was released on October 22, 2007; Thanks to the Myspace page opened in 2004, she has already acquired a certain fan base and has attracted the attention of record labels. Adele's album '21', released in January 2011 with her 2 Grammy awards at the age of 21, broke the record for Michael Jackson's 'Bad' by staying 39 weeks in Billboard magazine's Top 5 list.
Young artist Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell, whose name has been heard recently, was born in Los Angeles in December 2001. The musician, who has got a family of actors and musicians, has her origins in Scotland and Ireland. She met music at the age of 8 and was in a children's group in Los Angeles, where she was born and raised. Since her older brother Finneas O'Connell was a soloist in a music group at that time, her interest in music increased even more, and she started making her own music when she was just 11 years old. Eilish has prepared the song 'Bored' for the second season of the 13 Reasons Why series, which started airing in March 2017, and has released the song 'No time to die' for the last movie of the James Bond series, got the thumbs up from her fans. Her song 'Ocean Eyes', which was released in 2015, has reached 200 million streams on Spotify as of 2020 and she went down in history by receiving 5 awards in the 62nd Grammy Awards.
From many centuries ago to this day, women musicians have announced their names to the world and continue to be heard. In this series of articles that will be continued, we plan to share the success story of countless female musicians with you.
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