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List of Famous Conductors

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. (1521 items)

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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 on Wikipedia
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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: The Manchurian Candidate, From Here to Eternity, On the Town, Von Ryan's Express, Around the World in 80 Days + 70 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 on Wikipedia
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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: Y Tu Mamá También, Head, 200 Motels, The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers, The Amazing Mr. Bickford + 10 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 71 (1916-1987)
    • Birthplace: Bushwick, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Stunt Performer, Comedian, Television producer, Musician + 3 more
    • Credits: Smokey and the Bandit, The Honeymooners, The Hustler, The Toy, Smokey and the Bandit II + 26 more
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    Barry Manilow is an American singer-songwriter and producer. He is best known for such recordings as "Mandy", "Can't Smile Without You", and "Copacabana". In 1978, five of his albums were on the best-seller charts simultaneously, a feat equalled only by Herb Alpert, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Michael ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: Williamsburg, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Record producer, Theatrical producer, Pianist + 6 more
    • Credits: Thumbelina, Unconditional Love, Heartbeeps, The Pebble and the Penguin, Barry Manilow: Copacabana + 8 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Conductor, Arranger, Songwriter, Pianist, Musician + 6 more
    • Credits: Independence Day, When Harry Met Sally..., The Iron Giant, P.S. I Love You, American Idol + 27 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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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 + 3 more
    • Credits: West Side Story, On the Waterfront, On the Town, Great Performances, The Making of West Side Story + 24 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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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 + 3 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: Chennai, India
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Music Producer + 7 more
    • Credits: Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, Bombay, Couples Retreat, Million Dollar Arm + 167 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 90 (1900-1990)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Pianist, Composer, Writer
    • Credits: He Got Game, The Heiress, The Red Pony, Of Mice and Men, The North Star + 5 more
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    Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi was an Italian Romantic composer primarily known for his operas. He is considered, with Richard Wagner, the preëminent opera composer of the 19th century. Verdi dominated the Italian opera scene after the eras of Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini. His works are frequently ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 88 (1813-1901)
    • Birthplace: Le Roncole, Busseto, Italy
    • Profession: Conductor, Opera composer, Composer
    • Credits: Senso, One Hundred Men and a Girl, Aria, The Simple-Minded Murderer, The Great Caruso + 21 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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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 + 6 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 69 (1906-1975)
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Pianist, Composer, Teacher
    • Credits: Battleship Potemkin, Hamlet, Wit, Histoire(s) du cinéma, King Lear + 39 more
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    Ilayaraja is a film music contributor. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: Pannaipuram, Theni, India
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Musician, Film Producer + 3 more
    • Credits: Neethaane En Ponvasantham, Kaalapani, Hey Ram, Dhoni, Thalapathi + 775 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 51 (1860-1911)
    • Birthplace: Kaliště, Czech Republic
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Composer
    • Credits: Death in Venice, Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary, The Honeymoon Killers, Sleeping Betty, Pieta + 13 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 83
    • Birthplace: Floral Park, New York, United States of America
    • 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 + 139 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 87
    • Birthplace: Rome, Italy
    • Profession: Music director, Conductor, Film Score Composer, Record producer, Pianist + 3 more
    • Credits: Good, The Thing, The Untouchables, Once Upon a Time in the West, Once Upon a Time in America + 357 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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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 + 4 more
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    Glenn Herbert Gould was a Canadian pianist who became one of the best-known and most celebrated classical pianists of the 20th century. He was particularly renowned as an interpreter of the keyboard music of Johann Sebastian Bach. His playing was distinguished by remarkable technical proficiency and ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 50 (1932-1982)
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Pianist, Screenwriter, Composer + 2 more
    • Credits: Slaughterhouse-Five, Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, The Wars, Cities
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    Kailasam Balachander was an Indian director, producer, writer, actor, playwright, stage conductor, and comedian who worked mainly in the Tamil film industry. He was well known for his distinct film-making style, and the Indian film industry knew him as a master of unconventional themes and hard-hitting ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 85
    • Birthplace: Nannilam, India
    • Profession: Conductor, Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor + 4 more
    • Credits: Roja, Thillu Mullu, Aaina, Kuselan, Ninaithale Inikkum + 98 more
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    David Ogden Stiers is a voice actor. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Conductor, Television director, Musician, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Beauty and the Beast, M*A*S*H, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Lilo & Stitch + 75 more
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