Loreena McKennitt is a Canadian vocalist, instrumentalist and composer.
The genre she composes and records in is categorized as world music,
although she describes it as using the
Celtic vehicle of music to
explore her belief that
we are all an extension of each others history
Loreena is also an accomplished musician, often playing the harp,
accordion, or piano as she performs. She often composes music for Celtic
poems, such as
The Lady of Shalott, as well as creating original
According to wikipedia, Loreena has sold over 14 million copies worldwide. She also tours internationally.
Sarah Brightman is perhaps most widely known as the original "Christine"
in Lloyd Webber's
The Phantom of the Opera, though her career includes
various stage performances, performing and recording vocalist, songwriter,
and dancer. Her stage career encompasses opera, musicals, plays and film.
She has also performed as a vocalist and has released multiple albums
For more information, check out her biography at sarahbrightman.com
Martha Argerich, recognized as one of the greatest living pianists, is a classical pianist from Argentina. Not only is she considered one of the greatest pianists of her time, but she is also a woman. She has won many awards, has released many recordings, and still performs annually at the Lugano Festival ( wikipedia).
For a more information, check out this biographic article on her life and career, as well as the external links.