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
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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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    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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    Wynton Marsalis
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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: 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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    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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    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: Battleship, Home, Styled to Rock, Styled to Rock
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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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    Paul Shaffer
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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: This Is Spinal Tap, Hercules, Scrooged, Blues Brothers 2000, Man on the Moon, + more
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    Yuvan Shankar Raja
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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: 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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    André Previn
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    André George Previn, KBE is a German-American pianist, conductor, and composer. He is considered one of the most versatile musicians in the world and is the winner of four Academy Awards for his film work and ten Grammy Awards for his recordings.more

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    • Age: age 86
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, Berlin, Germany
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Arranger, Pianist, Musician, + more
    • Credits: My Fair Lady, Rollerball, Jesus Christ Superstar, Bad Day at Black Rock, Paint Your Wagon, + more
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    Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam is an Indian film playback singer, actor, music director, voice actor and film producer. He is mostly referred to as S. P. B. or Balu. He has won the Guinness World Record for recording the highest number of songs. He won the National Film Award for Best Male ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: India
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Playback singer, Voice acting, Singer, + more
    • Credits: Chandramukhi, Gunaa, Thenali, Ullaasam, Avvai Shanmughi, + more
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    Walt Levinsky was an American big band and orchestral player, composer, arranger and band leader. While many of his big band assignments were as lead alto sax player, his favorite instrument was the clarinet. Walt was known for his fine instrumental technique and his rich, round tone both on clarinet ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1929-1999)
    • Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Bandleader, Composer, Music Director
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    Sajid–Wajid is a Hindi music composer duo consisting of brothers Sajid Ali and Wajid Ali. Sajid Ali and Wajid Ali are the sons of Ustad Sharafat Kha, a tabla player. Actress and singer Salma Agha is their cousin and Sasha Agha is their niece. Sajid–Wajid first scored music for Sohail Khan's Pyar Kiya To ...more

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    • Credits: Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam, Partner, Heroes, Wanted, Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya, + more
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    Marc Shaiman
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    Marc Shaiman is an Grammy, Emmy, Tony winning, and multi Oscar nominated American composer, lyricist, arranger and performer for films, television, and theatre. He is perhaps best known for writing the music and co-writing the lyrics for the Broadway musical version of the John Waters film Hairspray.more

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Performance Artist, + more
    • Credits: When Harry Met Sally..., South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Misery, Sleepless in Seattle, + more
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    Harris Jayaraj
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    Harris Jayaraj is an Indian film composer from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He has written scores and soundtracks for Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films.more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Chennai, India
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter, Audio Engineer, Musician, + more
    • Credits: Thuppakki, Nanban, Oru Kal Oru Kannadi, Ghajini, Maattrraan, + more
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    Michael Tilson Thomas
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    Michael Tilson Thomas is an American conductor, pianist and composer. He is currently music director of the San Francisco Symphony, and artistic director of the New World Symphony Orchestra.more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Conductor, Music Director, Teacher
    • Credits: John Adams: American Classic, A Celebration of Leonard Bernstein: Opening Night at Carnegie Hall 2008, Keeping Score: MTT on Music
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    Daryl Coley
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    Daryl Lynn Coley is an American Christian singer. At 14, Coley was a member of the nationally acclaimed ensemble Helen Stephens And The Voices Of Christ. He began performing with Edwin Hawkins in the Edwin Hawkins Singers and then worked with James Cleveland, Tramaine Hawkins, Sylvester, Pete Escovedo ...more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Pastor, Singer, Music Director
    • Credits: Gospel Greats Presents: Praise & Worship Live: Vol. 1, Gospel Comes A-Live!, Donald Lawrence Presents the Tri-City Singers: The Grand Finale: Encourage Yourself, Shout! In the Spirit
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    Salil Chowdhury was an Indian music composer, who mainly composed for Bengali, Hindi and Malayalam films. He was also a poet and a playwright. He is affectionately called Salilda by his admirers. His musical ability was widely recognised and acknowledged in the Indian film industry. He was an ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1923-1995)
    • Birthplace: 24 Parganas, India
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Poet, Lyricist, Writer, Music Director
    • Credits: Anand, Kaala Patthar, Mausam, Ittefaq, Madhumati, + more
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    Ted Sperling is a Musical Director, conductor, orchestrator, arranger, stage director and musician, primarily for the stage and concerts. He won the Tony Award for Best Orchestrations and the Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Orchestrations, for his work in The Light in the Piazza in 2005.more

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    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Conductor, Arranger, Theatre Director, Musician, Music Director, + more
    • Credits: Anastasia
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    Himesh Reshammiya is an Indian music director, singer, film actor, television producer, lyricist, film producer, film writer and distributor.more

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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: Mumbai, India
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Lyricist, + more
    • Credits: Dasavathaaram, Dil Ne Jise Apna Kahaa, Bodyguard, Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge, Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya, + more
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    Vijay Antony is an Indian film composer.more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Erode, India
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Lyricist, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Naan, Vettaikaaran, Velayudham, Angadi Theru, Ninaithale Inikkum, + more
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