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Famous Conductors from Australia

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List of notable or famous conductors from Australia, with bios and photos, including the top conductors born in Australia and even some popular conductors who immigrated to Australia. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Australian conductors then this list is the perfect resource for you. These conductors are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known conductor from Australia is included when available.

This list below has everything from Geoffrey Lancaster to Arthur Benjamin.

This historic conductors from Australia list can help answer the questions "Who are some Australian conductors of note?" and "Who are the most famous conductors from Australia?" These prominent conductors of Australia may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Australian conductors.

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    Alberto Zelman

    (Samuel Victor) Alberto Zelman (15 November 1874 – 3 March 1927) was an Australian musician and conductor, and founder of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Alberto Zelman was born in Melbourne, Australia. His father, Alberto Zelman (senior), had come from Trieste via India as conductor of an opera company, and settled in Melbourne. Alberto jr. was educated at King's College, Melbourne, and showed early talent as a violinist, afterwards becoming a violin teacher. He was connected with the Melbourne Philharmonic Society for over 30 years, first as leader of the second violins in the orchestra, and from 1912 as conductor. He was leader of the British Musical Society's quartet, and after the...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 52 (1874-1927)
    • Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
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    Alfred Hill

    Alfred Hill may refer to: Alfred John Hill (1862–1927), British railway engineer Alfred Hill (cricketer, born 1865) (1865–1936), English cricketer Alfred Hill (politician) (1867–1945), British Member of Parliament for Leicester West 1922–1923 Alfred Hill (composer) (1869–1960), Australian composer and conductor Alfred Hill (cricketer, born 1887) (1887–1959), English cricketer Alfred Hill (bishop) (1901–1969), Anglican bishop of Melanesia Alfred Hill (Benny Hill, 1924–1992), British comedian...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 90 (1869-1960)
    • Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
  • Arthur Leslie Benjamin (Sydney, 18 September 1893 – London, 10 April 1960) was an Australian composer, pianist, conductor and teacher. He is best known as the composer of Jamaican Rumba (1938), the Storm Clouds Cantata featured in both versions of the Alfred Hitchcock film The Man who Knew Too Much (1934), (1956)....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 66 (1893-1960)
    • Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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    Ben Macpherson

    Bennett William Macpherson is an Australian conductor who received a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2002 for his services to music as a conductor and choirmaster....  more