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List of notable or famous conductors from Austria, with bios and photos, including the top conductors born in Austria and even some popular conductors who immigrated to Austria. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Austrian 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 Austria is included when available.

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Alexander von Zemlinsky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Dec. at 71 (1871-1942) Alexander Zemlinsky or Alexander von Zemlinsky was an Austrian composer, conductor, and teacher.

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Alfred Rosé is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Dec. at 73 (1902-1975) Alfred Eduard Emmerich Rosé was an Austrian composer and conductor. He was the elder brother of Alma Rosé, son of Arnold Rosé, and the nephew of Gustav Mahler. He studied in ...more

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Anton Schindler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Dec. at 69 (1795-1864) Anton Felix Schindler was an associate, secretary, and early biographer of Ludwig van Beethoven. He was born in Medlov, Moravia and died in Bockenheim.

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Anton Webern is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Dec. at 62 (1883-1945) Anton Webern was an Austrian composer and conductor. He was a member of the Second Viennese School. As a student, significant follower of, and influence on Arnold Schoenberg, he became one of ...more

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Arnold Schoenberg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Dec. at 77 (1874-1951) Arnold Schoenberg or Schönberg was an Austrian composer and painter, associated with the expressionist movement in German poetry and art, and leader of the Second Viennese School. With the ...more

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Artur Bodanzky is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Dec. at 62 (1877-1939) Artur Bodanzky was an Austrian-American conductor particularly associated with the operas of Wagner.

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Beat Furrer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
age 63 Beat Furrer is an Austrian composer and conductor of Swiss birth. Born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, Furrer relocated to Vienna in 1975 to pursue studies with Roman Haubenstock-Ramati and Otmar ...more

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Bruno Walter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Dec. at 86 (1876-1962) Bruno Walter was a German-born conductor, pianist, and composer. Born in Berlin, he left Germany in 1933 to escape the Third Reich, settling finally in the United States in 1939. He worked ...more

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Carl Millöcker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Dec. at 57 (1842-1899) Carl Joseph Millöcker, was an Austrian composer of operettas and a conductor. He was born in Vienna, where he studied the flute at the Vienna Conservatory. While holding various conducting ...more

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Carlos Kleiber is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Dec. at 74 (1930-2004) Carlos Kleiber was a German-born Austrian conductor who is widely regarded as being among the greatest conductors of the 20th century.

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Christian Gansch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
age 58 Christian Gansch is a conductor.

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Clemens Heinrich Krauss is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Dec. at 61 (1893-1954) Clemens Heinrich Krauss was an Austrian conductor and opera impresario, particularly associated with the music of Richard Strauss. Krauss was born in Vienna out of wedlock to Clementine Krauss, ...more

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Emil Paur is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Emil Paur Dec. at 77 (1855-1932) Emil Paur was an Austrian orchestra conductor. Paur was born in Czernowitz, Austria, now Ukraine, and trained in Vienna before working as a conductor in Kassel, Königsberg and Leipzig. He ...more

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Erich Kleiber is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Dec. at 66 (1890-1956) Erich Kleiber was an Austrian conductor.

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Erich Leinsdorf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Dec. at 81 (1912-1993) Erich Leinsdorf was an Austrian-born American conductor. He performed and recorded with leading orchestras and opera companies throughout the United States and Europe, earning a reputation for ...more

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Erich Wolfgang Korngold is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Dec. at 60 (1897-1957) Erich Wolfgang Korngold was an Austro-Hungarian composer who adopted US nationality. While his late Romantic compositional style was considered well out of vogue at the time he died, his music ...more

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Ernő Dohnányi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Dec. at 83 (1877-1960) Ernő Dohnányi was a Hungarian conductor, composer and pianist. He used a German form of his name, Ernst von Dohnányi, on most of his published compositions. The "von" ...more

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Ernst Bachrich is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Ernst Bachrich Dec. at 50 (1892-1942) Ernst Bachrich was an Austrian composer, conductor, and pianist. He composed piano music, chamber music and Lieder.

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Ernst Kunwald is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Ernst Kunwald Dec. at 71 (1868-1939) Ernst Kunwald was an Austrian conductor. Ernst Kunwald was born and died in Vienna. He studied law at the University of Vienna, earning his Dr. Juris in 1891. He also studied piano with Teodor ...more

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Ernst von Schuch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Dec. at 68 (1846-1914) Ernst Edler von Schuch, born Ernst Gottfried Schuch was an Austrian conductor who became famous through his working collaborations with Richard Strauss at the Dresden Court Opera. Schuch first ...more

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Erwin Stein is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Dec. at 73 (1885-1958) Erwin Stein was an Austrian musician and writer, prominent as a pupil and friend of Schoenberg, with whom he studied between 1906 and 1910. He was one of Schoenberg’s principal assistants in ...more

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Felix Mottl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Dec. at 55 (1856-1911) Felix Josef von Mottl was an Austrian conductor and composer. He was regarded as one of the most brilliant conductors of his day. He composed three operas, of which Agnes Bernauer was the most ...more

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Felix Weingartner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Dec. at 79 (1863-1942) Paul Felix von Weingartner, Edler von Münzberg was an Austrian conductor, composer and pianist.

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Ferdinand Grossmann is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Dec. at 83 (1887-1970) Ferdinand Grossmann was an Austrian choral conductor, vocal teacher and composer . He studied music in Linz. Some years later in Vienna he attended a class of conducting given by Felix ...more

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Ferdinand Hellmesberger is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Ferdinand Hellmesberger Dec. at 77 (1863-1940) Ferdinand Hellmesberger was an Austrian cellist and conductor.

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Ferdinand Löwe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Ferdinand Löwe Dec. at 60 (1865-1925) Ferdinand Löwe was an Austrian conductor.

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Franz Salmhofer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Dec. at 75 (1900-1975) Franz Salmhofer was an Austrian composer, clarinetist, conductor and poet. He studied the clarinet, composition and musicology in Vienna and was a pupil of Franz Schreker and Franz Schmidt. From ...more

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Franz Schalk is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Franz Schalk Dec. at 68 (1863-1931) Franz Schalk was an Austrian conductor. From 1918 to 1929 he was director of the Vienna State Opera, a post he held jointly with Richard Strauss from 1919 to 1924. He was later involved in the ...more

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Franz Schreker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Dec. at 56 (1878-1934) Franz Schreker was an Austrian composer, conductor, teacher and administrator. Primarily a composer of operas, Schreker developed a style characterized by aesthetic plurality, timbral ...more

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Franz Welser-Möst is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
age 57 Franz Leopold Maria Möst, known professionally as Franz Welser-Möst, is an Austrian conductor. He is currently music director of the Cleveland Orchestra.

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Friedrich Cerha is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
age 92 Friedrich Cerha is an Austrian composer and conductor.

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Fritz Mahler is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Dec. at 72 (1901-1973) Fritz Mahler was an Austrian conductor. Mahler's father was a cousin of the composer Gustav Mahler. In Europe he became a leading conductor with such ensembles as the Berlin Radio Symphony, the ...more

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Fritz Stiedry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Dec. at 85 (1883-1968) Fritz Stiedry was an Austrian conductor and composer.

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Georg Hellmesberger, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Dec. at 73 (1800-1873) Georg Hellmesberger, Sr. was an Austrian violinist, conductor, and composer. He was born in Vienna. His first music lesson was by his father. He went to school at the Cistercian Heiligenkreuz ...more

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Georg Tintner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Dec. at 82 (1917-1999) Georg Tintner, CM was an Austrian-born conductor whose career was principally in New Zealand, Australia, and Canada. Although best known as a conductor, he was also a composer. As a child he was ...more

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Gert Hofbauer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Gert Hofbauer age 81 Gert Hofbauer is an Austrian conductor and trumpeter. Born in Knittelfeld, Hofbauer studied the trumpet in Graz in 1958 and in 1960 at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna in ...more

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Gottfried von Preyer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Gottfried von Preyer Dec. at 94 (1807-1901) Gottfried von Preyer was an Austrian composer, conductor and teacher. Preyer studied with Simon Sechter from 1828 to 1834. He became professor of harmony and composition at the Vienna ...more

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Günter Neuhold is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
age 70 Günter Neuhold is an Austrian conductor. He attended the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz and graduated in 1968 with a master's degree. He later studied ...more

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Gustav Kuhn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Gustav Kuhn age 71

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Gustav Mahler is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Dec. at 51 (1860-1911) 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 ...more

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Hans Graf is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
age 69 Hans Graf is an Austrian conductor. As a child, Graf learned the violin and the piano. He studied at the Musikhochschule in Graz, Austria, and graduated with diplomas in piano and conducting. He ...more

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Hans Richter is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Dec. at 73 (1843-1916) Hans Richter was an Austrian–Hungarian orchestral and operatic conductor.

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Hans Rosbaud is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Dec. at 67 (1895-1962) Hans Rosbaud, was an Austrian conductor, particularly associated with the music of the twentieth century. Hans Rosbaud was born in Graz, Austria. As children, Hans and his brother Paul Rosbaud ...more

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Hans Swarowsky is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Dec. at 76 (1899-1975) Hans Swarowsky was an Austrian conductor of Hungarian birth and Jewish descent. Swarowsky was born in Budapest, Hungary. He studied the art of conducting under Felix Weingartner and Richard ...more

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Heinrich Proch is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Dec. at 69 (1809-1878) Heinrich Proch was an Austrian composer. Proch studied jurisprudence and completed his training as a violinist in Vienna. From 1834 to 1867, he was a member of the Vienna Hofkapelle. He was also ...more

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Heinrich Schiff is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
age 66 Heinrich Schiff is an Austrian cellist and conductor. He studied cello with Tobias Kühne and André Navarra and made his solo debut in Vienna and London in 1971. He studied conducting ...more

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Herbert von Karajan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Dec. at 81 (1908-1989) Herbert von Karajan was an Austrian conductor. He was principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic for 35 years. He is generally regarded as one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century, ...more

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Hugo Riesenfeld is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Dec. at 60 (1879-1939) Hugo Riesenfeld was a Jewish Austrian-American composer. As a film director, he began to write his own orchestral compositions for silent films in 1917, and co-created modern production ...more

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Ignaz Vitzthumb is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Ignaz Vitzthumb Dec. at 92 (1724-1816) Ignaz or Ignace Vitzthumb was an Austrian musician, composer and conductor active in the Austrian Netherlands. He was also music director of the La Monnaie theatre in Brussels.

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Ignaz von Seyfried is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Conductors from Austria
Dec. at 65 (1776-1841) Ignaz Joseph Ritter von Seyfried was an Austrian musician, conductor and composer. He was born and died in Vienna. According to a statement in his handwritten memoirs he was a pupil of both ...more