Arvo Pärt is the world’s most performed living composer fourth year running

Estonian composer Arvo Pärt has, for the fourth year running, been given the title of the “world’s most performed living composer” by the classical music event database, Bachtrack.

Placing 37th in the overall composers’ ranking, Pärt was ranked a place higher than last year.

Among the living composers, John Williams and John Adams came respectively second and third, behind Pärt. The most performed composers overall were Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) and Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750).


The most performed works overall were “Messiah” by Handel, “Symphony #7” and “Piano Concerto #5” by Beethoven.

Bachtrack.com calculates a series of statistics each year which show the number of times the work of each composer has been performed, along with information regarding the “hardest working” conductors, orchestras and most performed individual works.

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Silver Tambur is the cofounder and Editor-in-Chief of Estonian World. He has previously studied journalism at the University of Tartu, and Politics & Society at the Birkbeck College, University of London. Silver has been the editor at the Estonian Public Broadcasting’s news service in English, as well as contributing for the Business Sense magazine in the UK, Deutsche Welle and Radio New Zealand. You can also follow him on Twitter. You can write to Silver at silver@estonianworld.com.