Famous Conductors from Switzerland

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List of notable or famous conductors from Switzerland, with bios and photos, including the top conductors born in Switzerland and even some popular conductors who immigrated to Switzerland. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Swiss conductors then this list is the perfect resource for you. These conductors are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known conductor from Switzerland is included when available.

List is made up of a variety of people, including Rudolph Ganz and Edwin Fischer.

This historic conductors from Switzerland list can help answer the questions "Who are some Swiss conductors of note?" and "Who are the most famous conductors from Switzerland?" These prominent conductors of Switzerland may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Swiss conductors.

Use this list of renowned Swiss conductors to discover some new conductors that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (28 items)
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    Prince Andrei Mikhaylovich Volkonsky was a Russian composer of classical music and harpsichordist. He was a key figure in Early Music Revival in Russia. more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1933-2008)
    • Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
    • Profession: Conductor, Harpsichordist, Composer
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    Andrey Boreyko is a Russian conductor. At the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in Saint Petersburg, he studied conducting, graduating summa cum laude. In 1987, he won diplomas and prizes at the Grzegorz Fitelberg conductors' competition in Katowice, and he was a prize winner in 1989 at the Kirill Kondrashin ...more

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    • Age: 58
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
    • Profession: Conductor
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    Armin Jordan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Conductors from Switzerland
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    Armin Jordan was a Swiss conductor known for his interpretations of French music, Mozart and Wagner. Armin Jordan was born in Lucerne, Switzerland. "Mr. Jordan was a large man, with a slab of a face and a full mouth, often twisted in a sardonic smile, and his powerful physical presence belied the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1932-2006)
    • Birthplace: Lucerne, Switzerland
    • Profession: Conductor, Teacher
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    Beat Martin Raaflaub is a Swiss conductor. He is the brother of Kurt Raaflaub, Professor of Classics and History at Brown University. He grew up in Basel and Cameroon and studied German and history at the University of Basel where he graduated as a doctor in modern Swiss history in 1977. At the same ...more

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    • Age: 69
    • Birthplace: Winterthur, Switzerland
    • Profession: Conductor
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    Charles Dutoit is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Conductors from Switzerland
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    Charles Édouard Dutoit, OC GOQ is a Swiss conductor, particularly noted for his interpretations of French and Russian 20th-century music. He has made influential modern recordings of Hector Berlioz's Roméo et Juliette and Maurice Ravel's ballets Daphnis et Chloé and Ma mère l'oye. He currently serves as ...more

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    • Age: 79
    • Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland
    • Profession: Conductor, Music pedagogue, Music Director
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    David Zinman is an American conductor and violinist. more

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    • Age: 79
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Conductor, Music Director
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    Edwin Fischer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Conductors from Switzerland
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    Edwin Fischer was a Swiss classical pianist and conductor. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest interpreters of traditional Germanic repertoire of the twentieth century, and one of the finest piano pedagogues of the modern era. more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1886-1960)
    • Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
    • Profession: Conductor, Pianist
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    Ernest Ansermet is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Conductors from Switzerland
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    Ernest Alexandre Ansermet, was a Swiss conductor. more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1883-1969)
    • Birthplace: Vevey, Switzerland
    • Profession: Conductor, Teacher
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