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.