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Famous Female Conductors

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List of famous female conductors, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female conductors list contains the most prominent and top females known for being conductors. There are thousand of females working as conductors in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic conductors have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a conductor then the people below should give you inspiration.

List ranges from Keri-Lynn Wilson to Susan Haig, plus much more.

While this isn't a list of all female conductors, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female conductors?" and "Who are the best female conductors?"

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    Alice Parker is an American composer, arranger and conductor. Many of her arrangements were done in cooperation with Robert Shaw.more

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    • Age: age 90
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Conductor
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    Ruslana Stepanivna Lyzhychko, known mononymously as Ruslana, is a World Music Award and Eurovision Song Contest winning artist, holding the title of People's Artist of Ukraine. She is also a former MP serving as deputy in the Ukrainian parliament for the Our Ukraine Party. Ruslana was the UNICEF ...more

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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: Lviv, Ukraine
    • Profession: Conductor, Record producer, Politician, Pianist, Lyricist, + more
    • Credits: Holos Krainy, How I Became An Elephant
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    Yoko Kanno is a Japanese composer, arranger and musician best known for her work on the soundtracks for many anime films, television series, live-action films, video games, and advertisements. She was born in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. She has written scores for famous animated works, including ...more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician, Composer, + more
    • Credits: Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, Memories, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: The Laughing Man, Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society, Escaflowne, + more
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    Nadia Boulanger
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    Juliette Nadia Boulanger was a French composer, conductor, and teacher who taught many of the leading composers and musicians of the 20th century as well as leading living composers and musicians. She also performed as a pianist and organist. From a musical family, she achieved early honours as a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 92 (1887-1979)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Conductor, Composer, Organist, Teacher
    • Credits: Nadia Boulanger: Mademoiselle
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    Shirley Walker
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    Shirley Anne Walker was an American film and television composer and conductor. She was one of the few female film score composers working in Hollywood. Walker was one of the first female composers to earn a solo score credit on a major Hollywood motion picture and according to the Los Angeles Times, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 61 (1945-2006)
    • Birthplace: Napa, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Arranger, Composer, Orchestrator
    • Credits: Final Destination, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Final Destination 3, Final Destination 2, Black Christmas, + more
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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: Corvallis, Oregon, United States of America
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Musician, Film Producer, Drummer, + more
    • Credits: Oranges, The Hit List, The Sensei, Ball & Chain, Dreams on Spec
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    Sarah Ioannides is a Greek Cypriot-Scottish-Australian conductor. Her father, Ayis Ioannides, is a conductor and composer of Greek Cypriot ancestry. Her mother is of Scottish ancestry. Ioannides grew up in England and studied piano, horn and violin. She played in the National Youth Orchestra of Great ...more

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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: Canberra, Australia
    • Profession: Conductor, Music Director
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    JoAnn Falletta is an American classical musician and orchestral conductor.more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Conductor, Music Director
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    Angela Morley was an English composer and conductor. Morley was born in Leeds, Yorkshire in 1924, and played saxophone in a number of dance bands, and in 1944 became a member of Geraldo's band. She attributed her entry into composing and arranging largely to the influence and encouragement of the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1924-2009)
    • Birthplace: Leeds, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Composer
    • Credits: Watership Down, The Slipper and the Rose, The Looking Glass War, For Better, for Worse, + more
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    Dr. Mattie Moss-Clark was an American gospel choir director and the mother of The Clark Sisters, a world-renowned gospel vocal group. Clark is credited for creating the three-part harmony, a technique which is prevalent among gospel choirs today.more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1925-1994)
    • Birthplace: Selma, Alabama, United States of America
    • Profession: Conductor, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Singer
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    Marin Alsop
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    Marin Alsop is an American conductor and violinist. She is the music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and principal conductor of the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra.more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Conductor
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    Debbie Wiseman MBE is a British composer for film and television, known also as a conductor and a radio and television presenter.more

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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Composer
    • Credits: Lesbian Vampire Killers, Wilde, Flood, The Truth About Love, Haunted, + more
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    Iona Brown, OBE, was a British violinist and conductor.more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1941-2004)
    • Birthplace: Salisbury, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Conductor
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    Linda Bouchard is a Canadian composer and conductor.more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Profession: Conductor, Composer
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    Frieda Belinfante was a Dutch cellist, conductor, a prominent lesbian and a member of the Dutch Resistance during World War II. After the war, Belinfante immigrated to the United States and continued her career in music. She was the founding artistic director and conductor of the Orange County ...more

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    • Age: Died at 91 (1904-1995)
    • Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • Profession: Conductor
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    Renée Pietrafesa Bonnet is a French/Uruguayan composer, pianist, organist, harpsichordist and conductor. Her compositions spanned both popular and classical genres which included Electroacoustic music.more

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    • Age: age 77
    • Profession: Conductor, Pianist, Harpsichordist, Composer, Organist
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    Simone Young
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    Simone Margaret Young AM is an Australian conductor. She was born in Sydney, of Irish ancestry on her father's side and Croatian ancestry on her mother's side. Young was educated at the Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College in North Sydney. She studied composition, piano and conducting at the Sydney ...more

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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
    • Profession: Conductor, Music Director
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    Julia Davids née Olson is a founding member and Artistic Director of the Canadian Chamber Choir. She is the Music Director of the North Shore Choral Society.more

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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: Canada
    • Profession: Conductor, Singer
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    Jane Glover

    Jane Glover CBE is a British-born conductor and music scholar.more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: United Kingdom
    • Profession: Conductor
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    Eve Queler is an American conductor and the emerita Artistic Director of the Opera Orchestra of New York. She founded the OONY in 1971, after having worked on the staffs of the Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Opera. She is notable for her advocacy for, and conducting of, lesser known and ...more

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    • Age: age 84
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Conductor, Music Director
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