List of Famous Music Directors People

List of Famous Music Directors

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List of famous music directors, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top music directors in the world? This includes the most prominent music directors, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable music directors is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic music directors 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 music directors.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known music directors to the lesser known music directors of today, these are some of the best professionals in the music director field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous music directors ever?" and "What are the names of famous music directors?" then you're in the right place. (480 items)
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    Leonard Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Music Directors
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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: USA, Lawrence, Massachusetts
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Pianist, Screenwriter, Author, + more
    • Credits: Moonrise Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook, Precious, Anger Management
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    A. R. Rahman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Music Directors
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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, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India
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    Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Music Directors
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    Wynton Marsalis is a nominee of 2013 News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Feature Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast.more

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    • Age: 54
    • Birthplace: USA, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • Profession: Music Educator, Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Musician, Bandleader, + more
    • Credits: Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy?, Unforgivable Blackness, Tune in Tomorrow, The N-Word, On the Shoulders of Giants, + more
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    Ilaiyaraaja is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Music Directors
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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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    Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Music Directors
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    Robyn Rihanna Fenty, known by her stage name Rihanna, is a Barbadian singer, actress, and fashion designer. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, her career began upon meeting record producer Evan Rogers in late 2003 through mutual friends; she recorded demo tapes with his guidance. Her tape was sent to ...more

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    • Age: age 27
    • Birthplace: Saint Michael Parish, Barbados
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Songwriter, Actor, Music artist, Singer
    • Credits: The Hangover, Wreck-It Ralph, 21, I Love You, Man
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    Ennio Morricone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Music Directors
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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: 87
    • Birthplace: Rome, Italy
    • Profession: Music director, Conductor, Film Score Composer, Record producer, Pianist, + more
    • Credits: The Hateful Eight, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, Kill Bill: Vol. 1
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    Paul Shaffer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Music Directors
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    Paul Allen Wood Shaffer, CM is a Canadian-American musician, actor, voice actor, author, comedian, and composer who has been David Letterman's musical director, band leader and sidekick since 1982.more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: Thunder Bay, Canada
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Comedian, Musician, Bandleader, Author, + more
    • Credits: Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with David Letterman: 6th Anniversary Special, Gilda Live, Comedy Central Presents: The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Chevy Chase
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    Yuvan Shankar Raja is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Music Directors
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    Yuvan Shankar Raja is an Indian singer-songwriter, film score, and soundtrack composer, singer and occasional lyricist from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He has predominantly scored music for Tamil films. Being the youngest son of noted film composer Ilaiyaraaja, he began his musical career in 1996, at age 16, ...more

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    • Age: 36
    • Birthplace: Chennai, India
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Lyricist, + more
    • Credits: Billa II, Mankatha, Vettai, Billa, Kazhugu, + more
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