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TRENDING List of Famous Conductors

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List of famous conductors, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top conductors in the world? This includes the most prominent conductors, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable conductors is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic conductors were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned conductors.

List is made up of a variety of people, including Frank Zappa and Frank Sinatra.

From reputable, prominent, and well known conductors to the lesser known conductors of today, these are some of the best professionals in the conductor field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous conductors ever?" and "What are the names of famous conductors?" then you're in the right place. (1520 items)
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous 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. ...more

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Age: Died at 83 (1915-1998)

Birthplace: Hoboken, New Jersey, United States of America

Profession: Conductor, Film Producer, Actor, Singer

Credits: From Here to Eternity, Ocean's 11, The Manchurian Candidate, The Man with the Golden Arm

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#38 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#3 on The Best Singers of All Time

#54 on Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

#49 on The Coolest Actors Ever

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Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Conductors
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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, ...more

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Age: Died at 53 (1940-1993)

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

Profession: Conductor, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician Composer

Credits: Baby Snakes, Does Humor Belong in Music?, Uncle Meat, 200 Motels

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#88 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#29 on The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

#89 on The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

#71 on Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

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Jackie Gleason is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Conductors
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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 ...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: Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine, Cavalcade of Stars, The Hustler, The Mike Douglas Show

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#60 on The Funniest People of All Time

#40 on The Best TV Actors of All Time

#23 on The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)

#16 on The Best Male Stand Up Comedians of the '70s

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Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Conductors
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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: 48

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Profession: Conductor, Arranger, Songwriter, Pianist Musician, + more

Credits: The Iron Giant, American Idol, Pistol Pete: The Life and Times of Pete Maravich, The Godfather: Part III

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#33 on List of Famous Jewish Singers and Songwriters

#35 on The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time

#9 on New American Idol Judge Picks

#13 on The Greatest Crooners of All Time

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Leonard Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Conductors
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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: Moonrise Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook, Precious, Anger Management

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#9 on List of Famous Jewish Singers and Songwriters

#29 on The Best Jazz Composers of All Time

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Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Conductors
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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: Rise of the Guardians, The Lobster, Fantasia, Bringing Out the Dead

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#70 on Dead Musicians You Most Want to See Perform as Holograms

#14 on The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked

#3 on The Best Russian Composers of All Time

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A. R. Rahman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Conductors
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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: 48

Birthplace: Chennai, India

Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician Music Producer, + more

Credits: Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

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#1 on Music : Top 25 Indian Music Directors of All Time

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Aaron Copland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Conductors
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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 90 (1900-1990)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

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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#75 on List of Famous Jewish Singers and Songwriters

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