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Famous Male Conductors

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List of famous male conductors, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male conductors list contains the most prominent and top males known for being conductors. There are thousand of males 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 male aspiring to be a conductor then the people below should give you inspiration.

List people include Roberto Abbado, Fenno Heath and more.

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

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    Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer, actor, director, and producer. Beginning his musical career in the swing era as a boy singer with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, Sinatra found success as a solo artist from the early to mid-1940s after being signed by Columbia Records in 1943. Being ...more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1915-1998)
    • Birthplace: Hoboken, USA, New Jersey
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Producer, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: The Manchurian Candidate, From Here to Eternity, On the Town, Von Ryan's Express, Around the World in 80 Days, + more
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    Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, composer, recording engineer, record producer, and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, jazz, orchestral and musique concrète works. He also directed feature-length films and music videos, and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 53 (1940-1993)
    • Profession: Conductor, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Composer
    • Credits: Y Tu Mamá También, Head, 200 Motels, The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers, The Amazing Mr. Bickford, + more
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    Jackie Gleason
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    John Herbert “Jackie” Gleason was an American comedian, actor, and musician. He was known for his brash visual and verbal comedy style, exemplified by his character Ralph Kramden in The Honeymooners. Among his notable film roles were Minnesota Fats in the 1961 drama The Hustler and Buford T. Justice in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 71 (1916-1987)
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York, Bushwick
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Stunt Performer, Comedian, Television producer, Musician, + more
    • Credits: Smokey and the Bandit, The Honeymooners, The Hustler, The Toy, Smokey and the Bandit II, + more
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    Quincy Jones
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    Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. is an American record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, musician, television producer, film producer, instrumentalist, magazine founder, entertainment company executive, and humanitarian. His career spans six decades in the entertainment industry and a record 79 Grammy ...more

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    • Age: age 82
    • Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Record producer, Television producer, Musician, + more
    • Credits: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, In the Heat of the Night, The Color Purple, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Austin Powers: Goldmember, + more
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    Harry Connick, Jr.
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    Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr. is an American singer, musician and actor. He has sold over 28 million albums worldwide. Connick is ranked among the top 60 best-selling male artists in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America, with 16 million in certified sales. He has had ...more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: USA, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • Profession: Conductor, Arranger, Songwriter, Pianist, Musician, + more
    • Credits: Independence Day, When Harry Met Sally..., The Iron Giant, P.S. I Love You, American Idol, + more
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    Leonard Bernstein
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    Leonard Bernstein was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the United States of America to receive worldwide acclaim. According to music critic Donal Henahan, he was "one of the most prodigiously talented and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1918-1990)
    • Birthplace: Lawrence, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Pianist, Screenwriter, Author, + more
    • Credits: West Side Story, On the Waterfront, On the Town, Great Performances, The Making of West Side Story, + more
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    Igor Stravinsky
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    Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky was a Russian composer, pianist and conductor. He is widely considered to be one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century. Stravinsky's compositional career was notable for its stylistic diversity. He first achieved international fame with three ...more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1882-1971)
    • Birthplace: Lomonosov, Russia
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Pianist, Composer
    • Credits: Fantasia, Melinda and Melinda, La Belle Noiseuse, Histoire(s) du cinéma, Allegro Non Troppo, + more
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    A. R. Rahman
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    Allah-Rakha Rahman is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician and philanthropist. Described as the world's most prominent and prolific film composer by Time, Rahman's works are noted for integrating Eastern classical music with electronic music, world music and traditional ...more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: Chennai, India
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Music Producer, + more
    • Credits: Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, Bombay, Couples Retreat, Million Dollar Arm, + more
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    Sergei Prokofiev
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    Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev was a Russian composer, pianist and conductor. As the creator of acknowledged masterpieces across numerous musical genres, he is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century. His works include such widely heard works as the March from The Love for Three ...more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1891-1953)
    • Birthplace: Ukraine, Donetsk Oblast
    • Profession: Conductor, Pianist, Composer
    • Credits: Alexander Nevsky, Crossing Delancey, Peter and the Wolf, Bad Blood, Anna Karenina, + more
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    Aaron Copland was an American composer, composition teacher, writer, and later in his career a conductor of his own and other American music. Instrumental in forging a distinctly American style of composition, in his later years he was often referred to as "the Dean of American Composers" and is best ...more

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    • Age: Died at 90 (1900-1990)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, + more
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Pianist, Composer, Writer
    • Credits: He Got Game, The Heiress, The Red Pony, Of Mice and Men, The North Star, + more
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    Richard Strauss
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    Richard Georg Strauss was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is known for his operas, which include Der Rosenkavalier and Salome; his lieder, especially his Four Last Songs; and his tone poems Death and Transfiguration, Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Also sprach ...more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1864-1949)
    • Birthplace: Munich, Germany
    • Profession: Conductor, Book editor, Composer
    • Credits: 2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010, Catch-22, Abraham's Valley, Richard Strauss: Arabella
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    Benjamin Britten
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    Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten, OM CH was an English composer, conductor and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, with a range of works including opera, other vocal music, orchestral and chamber pieces. His best-known works include the opera Peter Grimes, the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1913-1976)
    • Birthplace: Lowestoft, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Pianist, Composer, Violist
    • Credits: Moonrise Kingdom, Bad Blood, Escapade romaine, Bartleby en coulisses, War Requiem, + more
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    Dmitri Shostakovich
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    Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich was a Russian composer and pianist, and a prominent figure of 20th-century music. Shostakovich achieved fame in the Soviet Union under the patronage of Soviet chief of staff Mikhail Tukhachevsky, but later had a complex and difficult relationship with the government.more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1906-1975)
    • Birthplace: Northwestern Federal District, Eurasia, Russia, Saint Petersburg
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Pianist, Composer, Teacher
    • Credits: Battleship Potemkin, Hamlet, Wit, Histoire(s) du cinéma, King Lear, + more
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    Richard Wagner
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    Richard Wagner is a film score composer.more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1813-1883)
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, Saxony, Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
    • Profession: Conductor, Theatre Director, Music critic, Author, Composer, + more
    • Credits: Excalibur, Nosferatu the Vampyre, Melancholia, Triumph of the Will, An Andalusian Dog, + more
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    Sergei Rachmaninoff
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    Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. Rachmaninoff is widely considered as one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, one of the last great representatives of Romanticism in Russian classical music. Early influences of Tchaikovsky, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1873-1943)
    • Birthplace: Semyonov, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, Russia
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Pianist, Composer
    • Credits: Brief Encounter, Anna Karenina, September Affair, Rhapsody, Happy Birthday, + more
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    Ilayaraja is a film music contributor.more

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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: Pannaipuram, Theni, India
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Musician, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Neethaane En Ponvasantham, Kaalapani, Hey Ram, Dhoni, Thalapathi, + more
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    Gustav Mahler
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    Gustav Mahler was an Austrian late-Romantic composer, and one of the leading conductors of his generation. As a composer he acted as a bridge between the 19th century Austro-German tradition and the modernism of the early 20th century. While in his lifetime his status as a conductor was established ...more

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    • Age: Died at 51 (1860-1911)
    • Birthplace: Europe, Czech Republic, Central Europe, Kaliště
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Composer
    • Credits: Death in Venice, Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary, The Honeymoon Killers, Sleeping Betty, Pieta, + more
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    John Towner Williams is an American composer, conductor, and pianist. In a career spanning over six decades, Williams has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history, including the Star Wars series, Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the Indiana Jones series, Close ...more

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    • Age: age 83
    • Birthplace: Floral Park, USA, New York
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Pianist, Composer
    • Credits: Jaws, Star Wars, Schindler's List, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Saving Private Ryan, + more
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    Ennio Morricone
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    Ennio Morricone, Grand Officer OMRI is an Italian composer, orchestrator, conductor and former trumpet player, who has written music for more than 500 motion pictures and television series, as well as contemporary classical works. His career includes a wide range of composition genres, making him one of ...more

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    • Age: age 87
    • Birthplace: Rome, Italy
    • Profession: Music director, Conductor, Film Score Composer, Record producer, Pianist, + more
    • Credits: Good, The Thing, The Untouchables, Once Upon a Time in the West, Once Upon a Time in America, + more
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    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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    Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov was a Russian composer, and a member of the group of composers known as The Five. He was a master of orchestration. His best-known orchestral compositions—Capriccio Espagnol, the Russian Easter Festival Overture, and the symphonic suite Scheherazade—are staples of the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 64 (1844-1908)
    • Birthplace: Tikhvin, Russia
    • Profession: Conductor, Composer, Teacher
    • Credits: Song of Scheherazade, Invitation to the Dance, The Night Before Christmas, The Snow Maiden, Sadko, + more
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