The Top 10 Instrumental Music Artists You Need to Know

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These are the Top 10 instrumental music artists you need to know. They are not in any particular order but are all great at what they do.


Instrumental music has been around since the dawn of time. Early humans used it to communicate and express their emotions. Today, instrumental music is still an important part of our lives. It can be used to relax, to focus, or simply to enjoy.

There are many different genres of instrumental music, from classical to rock. There are also many different artists who specialize in creating this type of music. Here are 10 of the top instrumental music artists you need to know about.


Yiruma is a South Korean pianist and composer. His improvisational style has made him one of the most popular artists in the new age genre. Yiruma’s most famous pieces include “River Flows in You”, “Kiss the Rain”, and “May Be”.


Originally from Norway, K-391 is an EDM artist who has been making a name for himself in recent years with his catchy and melodic electro-house tunes. His breakthrough hit “Ignite” was used in a commercial for the video game Forza Horizon 4, and he has since collaborated with other well-known artists such as Alan Walker and Mangoo. K-391’s music is perfect for getting pumped up for a workout or just dancing around your house; either way, you’re sure to enjoy his high-energy tracks.

Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer is a German-born composer, best known for his film scores. He has composed music for over 150 films, including Inception, The Lion King, The Dark Knight trilogy, and Interstellar. Zimmer has won numerous awards for his work, including an Oscar, two Golden Globes, and three Grammys.

Brian Crain

Brian Crain is a contemporary classical and neoclassical composer, classical pianist, violinist, and singer-songwriter. As a solo artist, he has released six albums: Piano and Violin Duet (2007), Rain (2008), Sienna (2009), Aurora (2010), Canopy (2011), and Silhouette (2012). Brian’s music often features piano and violin playing together in a chamber music-esque way, sometimes with added percussion or other instruments. In addition to his albums, Brian has also released a number of singles, which are often used in commercials, television shows, and films.

E.S. Posthumus

E.S. Posthumus is an American instrumental music duo composed of brothers Christopher and Temple Duncan. The brothers grew up in a musical family and their father was a professional musician. They began playing music together at a young age and eventually went on to study music composition at the University of Southern California. After graduation, they began working on film scores and commercial jingles. In 2000, they released their debut album, Unearthed, which featured a mix of orchestral and electronic elements.

The brothers have since released four more albums, each one exploring different styles and influences. Their music has been featured in a number of films and television shows, including The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Star Trek: Enterprise,and Lost. E.S. Posthumus has also been nominated for several awards, including a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.

Two Steps from Hell

If you’re a fan of film trailers, then you’ve most likely heard the epic and grandiose sounds of Two Steps from Hell. The composer duo of Thomas J. Bergersen and Nick Phoenix has been making some of the most popular and impressive trailer music since 2006, with their work appearing in films like Chronicle, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, 10 Cloverfield Lane, and Doctor Strange. But Two Steps from Hell is more than just trailer music — their albums are sweeping, emotional, and cinematic, making them perfect for any fan of instrumental music.


Audiomachine is an American production music company based in Los Angeles, California, United States. The company’s music has been featured in film trailers, television shows, and video games. Audiomachine compositions are generally orchestrated and often incorporate electronic elements. Cory Ames is the current Music Director and CEO of the company.

Jeremy Soule

Renowned video game composer Jeremy Soule has scored the music for some of the most popular video games of all time, including Skyrim, Guild Wars, and Harry Potter. His work often features grandiose orchestral arrangements, giving his games an epic feeling. He has won numerous awards for his work, and is widely considered to be one of the best composers in the video game industry.

John Williams

John Williams is an American composer, conductor, and pianist who has composed some of the most popular and well-known film scores in history. His most notable works include the “Star Wars” franchise, “Jurassic Park,” “E.T.,” “Schindler’s List,” and the first three “Harry Potter” films. Williams has been nominated for 52 Academy Awards and has won five, making him one of the most successful film composers of all time. He has also composed several classical pieces, including an opera and a symphony, and his work has been performed by leading orchestras around the world.

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