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Famous Conductors from Switzerland

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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 75 (1933-2008)
    • Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
    • Profession: Conductor, Harpsichordist, Composer
    • Credits: Dead Season, Three Plus Two, Through the Graveyard, The Magic Weaver
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
    • Profession: Conductor
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 74 (1932-2006)
    • Birthplace: Lucerne, Switzerland
    • Profession: Conductor, Teacher
    • Credits: Parsifal
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Winterthur, Switzerland
    • Profession: Conductor
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 79
    • Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland
    • Profession: Conductor, Music pedagogue, Music Director
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    David Zinman is an American conductor and violinist. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 79
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Conductor, Music Director
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 74 (1886-1960)
    • Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
    • Profession: Conductor, Pianist
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    Ernest Alexandre Ansermet, was a Swiss conductor. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 86 (1883-1969)
    • Birthplace: Vevey, Switzerland
    • Profession: Conductor, Teacher
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    Friedrich Hegar was a Swiss composer, conductor, violinist, and founding conductor of Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich from 1868 to 1906. Hegar was born in Basel and died in Zürich at age 85. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 86 (1841-1927)
    • Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
    • Profession: Conductor
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    Fritz Brun

    Fritz Brun was a Swiss conductor and composer of classical music. Brun was born in Lucerne. He was a student of Franz Wüllner at the conservatory at Cologne, and studied piano and theory there until 1902. The following year he became a piano teacher at the music school in Bern. From 1909 until 1943, he ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 81 (1878-1959)
    • Birthplace: Lucerne, Switzerland
    • Profession: Conductor
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    Heinz Holliger is a Swiss oboist, composer and conductor. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: Langenthal, Switzerland
    • Profession: Conductor, Oboist, Composer
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    Jakob Zeugheer, was a Swiss violinist, conductor and composer. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 62 (1803-1865)
    • Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
    • Profession: Conductor
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    Jean-Marie Auberson

    Jean-Marie Auberson was a Swiss conductor and violinist, student of Ernest Ansermet and Carl Schuricht. He was born in Chavornay, Vaud canton, Switzerland and died in Draguignan, Var, France. His musical career: Violinist with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne Viola player with the Orchestre de la ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 84 (1920-2004)
    • Birthplace: Chavornay, Switzerland
    • Profession: Conductor
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    Karl Anton Rickenbacher

    Karl Anton Rickenbacher was a Swiss conductor. Born in Basel, Rickenbacher studied at the Berlin Conservatory with Herbert von Karajan. He took part in master classes with Pierre Boulez. He was an assistant conductor at the Zürich Opera from 1966 to 1969. He served as first Kapellmeister of the Stadt ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 74 (1940-2014)
    • Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
    • Profession: Conductor
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    Lothar Kempter

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    Lothar Kempter was a German-Swiss composer and conductor. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 74 (1844-1918)
    • Profession: Conductor
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    Mario Venzago is a Swiss conductor. His piano studies began at age five. He studied at the conservatory and the university in Zurich. He later studied conducting with Hans Swarowsky in Vienna. His other positions have included music directorships with Stadtorchester Winterthur, the Heidelberg Opera, the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
    • Profession: Conductor, Music Director, Teacher
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    Matthias Bamert is a Swiss composer and conductor. In addition to studies in Switzerland, Bamert studied music in Darmstadt and in Paris, with Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen, and their influences can be detected in his own compositions from the 1970s. He spent the years 1965 to 1969 as ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Ersigen, Switzerland
    • Profession: Conductor
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    Maurice Abravanel was an American conductor of classical music. He is remembered as the conductor of the Utah Symphony Orchestra for over 30 years. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 90 (1903-1993)
    • Birthplace: Thessaloniki, Greece
    • Profession: Conductor
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    Michel Tabachnik is a Swiss conductor and composer. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
    • Profession: Conductor, Composer
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    Othmar Schoeck was a Swiss composer and conductor. He was known mainly for his considerable output of art songs and song cycles, though he also wrote a number of operas, notably his one-act Penthesilea, which was premiered in Dresden in 1927 and revived at the Lucerne Festival in 1999. He wrote a ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 71 (1886-1957)
    • Birthplace: Brunnen, Switzerland
    • Profession: Conductor, Composer
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