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

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Alain Trudel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Alain Trudel age 51 Alain Trudel is a Canadian Conductor, trombonist and composer. Music Director of Orchestra London Canada, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval, as well as Principal Guest Conductor of the Victoria ...more

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Alexander Brott is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Died at 90 (1915-2005) Alexander Brott, CM CQ, born Joël Brod, was a Canadian conductor, composer, violinist and music teacher. His wife Lotte was an accomplished cellist. Their sons are Boris Brott, a conductor, ...more

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Boris Brott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
age 74 Boris Brott, OC OOnt is a Canadian conductor and motivational speaker. Born in Montreal, the son of violinist and composer Alexander Brott and cellist Lotte Brott, and brother of cellist Denis ...more

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Brian Ellard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Brian Ellard age 78 Brian Joseph Ellard, M.A., Ph.D., is a Canadian educator, musicologist, arranger, and conductor.

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Bruce Holder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Bruce Holder Died at 82 (1905-1987) Bruce Edward Holder, Sr. was a Canadian composer, conductor, and violinist. He helped to conduct, teach, and found many music groups, including Symphony New Brunswick, the New Brunswick Youth ...more

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Carleton Elliott is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Died at 75 (1928-2003) Carleton Weir Elliott was a Canadian composer, theorist, choir conductor and music educator. He studied at Mount Allison University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music in 1951. He earned ...more

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Clayton Hare is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Clayton Hare Died at 92 (1909-2001) Clayton Hare was a Canadian teacher, conductor, and violinist. He was the third principal conductor of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra and taught at a number of universities including Mount ...more

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David Campbell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
age 70 David Richard Campbell is an arranger, composer and conductor. He has worked on over 450 gold and platinum albums including 21, Futuresex/Lovesounds, The 2nd Law, Invincible, Spirit, Aaliyah, ...more

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David Currie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
David Currie David Currie is a Canadian conductor who is the music director and conductor for the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. Currie is also an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa, where he ...more

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David Hoyt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
David Hoyt David Hoyt is a Canadian horn player and conductor. He studied piano, French horn, and conducting. In 1975, while a student at the University of Alberta, he became Principal Horn of the Edmonton ...more

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Denys Bouliane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
age 62 Denys Bouliane is a Canadian composer and conductor.

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Eugene Kash is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Died at 92 (1912-2004) Eugene Kash was a violinist and conductor.

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Francis Coleman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Died at 84 (1924-2008) Francis Coleman was a conductor and television producer and director. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Coleman began working in an office at the age of fourteen while studying music at evening ...more

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Franz-Paul Decker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Died at 91 (1923-2014) Franz-Paul Decker was a German-born conductor.

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George Crum is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Died at 81 (1926-2007) George Francis Crum was the first conductor of the National Ballet of Canada and an accomplished pianist, vocal coach and musical arranger.

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Gerald Fagan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Gerald Fagan age 78 Gerald Richard Fagan, OOnt is considered one of Canada's premier choral conductors. He is the former Conductor and Artistic Director of Fanshawe Chorus London, The Gerald Fagan Singers, and the ...more

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Gino Vannelli is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
age 65 Gino Vannelli is a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician and composer.

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Howard Dyck is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Howard Dyck age 75 Howard Dyck, CM is a Canadian conductor and broadcaster. He was born in Winkler, Manitoba. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, he has had a long and distinguished career in classical music. He is the ...more

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Howard Shore is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
age 71 Howard Leslie Shore is a Canadian composer who is notable for his film scores. He has composed the scores for over 80 films, most notably the scores for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film ...more

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Hummie Mann is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
age 62 Hummie Mann is a two-time Emmy award-winning American film score composer. He is best known for his scores to the Mel Brooks films Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Dracula: Dead and Loving It. Mann ...more

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Iwan Edwards is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
age 80 Iwan Edwards, CM, is a celebrated Canadian choral conductor. Over a forty year span he has founded and conducted several notable choirs and thrilled audiences. For his outstanding work he has ...more

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James Mark is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Dr. James Mark is an American-born conductor, clarinetist, saxophonist, arranger and educator based in Canada. He is the conductor and music director of the Prince Edward Island Symphony ...more

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John Avison is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Died at 68 (1915-1983) John Henry Patrick Avison, CM was a Canadian conductor and pianist. From 1938 to 1980, he was the founding conductor of the CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra. He was a longtime member of the ...more

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Julia Davids is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
age 46 Julia Davids née Olson is a founding member and Artistic Director of the Canadian Chamber Choir. She is the Music Director of the North Shore Choral Society.

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Kenneth Elloway is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Kenneth Elloway Died at 64 (1916-1980) Captain Kenneth Albert Elloway, ARCM, was a British teacher, trombonist, double-bassist, cornetist, and conductor of many orchestras.

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Keri-Lynn Wilson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
age 50 Keri-Lynn Wilson is a Canadian conductor. She is the daughter of Lynn Sharples, a professor of English at the Université de Toulon, and Carlisle Wilson, a musician and retired music ...more

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León Zuckert is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
León Zuckert Died at 88 (1904-1992) León Zuckert was a Canadian composer, conductor, arranger, violinist, violist and radio pioneer of Ukrainian descent. He was married to the poet Ella Bobrow, with whom he collaborated on ...more

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Linda Bouchard is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
age 60 Linda Bouchard is a Canadian composer and conductor.

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Louis Applebaum is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Died at 82 (1918-2000) Louis Applebaum, CC OOnt was a Canadian composer, administrator, and conductor. He was born in Toronto, Ontario and studied at the Toronto Conservatory of Music with Leo Smith and the University ...more

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Lucio Agostini is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Died at 83 (1913-1996) Lucio Agostini was an Italian-born composer, arranger, and conductor who established his career in Canada.

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Mario Bernardi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Mario Bernardi Died at 83 (1930-2013) Mario Bernardi, CC was a Canadian conductor and pianist. He conducted 75 different operas and over 450 other works with the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

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Milan Kymlicka is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Died at 72 (1936-2008) Milan Kymlicka was a Canadian arranger, composer and conductor of Czechoslovakian birth. He became a naturalized Canadian citizen in 1974. He was best known for his composition of film and ...more

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Nicholas Goldschmidt is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Died at 96 (1908-2004) Nicholas Goldschmidt, CC was a Canadian conductor, administrator, teacher, performer, music festival entrepreneur and artistic director. He was the grand-nephew of famed composer Adalbert von ...more

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Peter McCoppin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Peter McCoppin age 69 Peter McCoppin - May 2, 1948 Peter McCoppin began his career as a boy chorister and organist in Toronto, eventually turning his attention to orchestral conducting, he studied with Erich ...more

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Peter Oundjian is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
age 62 Peter Oundjian is a Canadian violinist and conductor. The youngest of five children from an Armenian father and English mother, Oundjian also claims Scottish ancestry through his maternal ...more

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Peter Togni is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Peter Togni age 58 Peter Anthony Togni is a freelance Canadian composer and broadcaster based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. "Togni's music is deeply felt, simply put, well-crafted and irradiated by a personal ...more

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Pierre Hétu is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Pierre Hétu Died at 62 (1936-1998) Pierre Hétu was a Canadian conductor and pianist. Hetu was born in Montreal, Quebec. He studied in Paris with Marcel Ciampi and Edouard Lindenberg, and in 1961, following studies with ...more

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Captain Bob Farnon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Died at 88 (1917-2005) Robert Joseph Farnon was a Canadian-born composer, conductor, musical arranger and trumpet player. As well as being a famous composer of original works, he was recognised as one of the finest ...more

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Robert Fleming is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Died at 55 (1921-1976) Robert James Berkeley Fleming was a Canadian composer, pianist, organist, choirmaster and teacher. Robert was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. At a young age his family settled in Saskatoon ...more

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Ryan Shore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
age 43 Ryan Shore is an Emmy Award and Grammy Award nominated composer and songwriter for film, television, records, games, and theater. He is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and is the ...more

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Samuel Wong is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Samuel Wong age 55 Samuel Wong is a Hong Kong-born Canadian conductor and ophthalmologist. Trained at Harvard and Columbia, Dr. Wong is an eye surgeon practicing in Manhattan, Brooklyn and upstate New York. In ...more

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Serge Garant is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Serge Garant Died at 57 (1929-1986) Serge Garant, OC was a Canadian composer, conductor, professor of music at the University of Montreal and radio host of Musique de notre siècle on Radio-Canada. In 1966 he cofounded with ...more

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Sir Ernest MacMillan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Sir Ernest MacMillan Died at 80 (1893-1973) Sir Ernest Alexander Campbell MacMillan, CC was an internationally renowned Canadian orchestral conductor and composer, and Canada's only "Musical Knight". He is widely regarded as ...more

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Srul Irving Glick is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Died at 68 (1934-2002) Srul Irving Glick, CM was a Canadian composer, radio producer, conductor, and teacher. Born in Toronto, Ontario, he received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto 1955, and a ...more

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Stanley Saunders is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Stanley Saunders age 90 Stanley Saunders, D.M.A., is a Welsh educator, clarinetist, violinist, and conductor. Born in Newport, Monmouthshire, he is a founding member of the first youth orchestra: the National Youth ...more

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Tom Rolston is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Tom Rolston Died at 78 (1932-2010) Thomas Rolston was a Canadian violinist and conductor. After early studies with Douglas Stewart, Roman Totenberg and David Martin, Rolston was a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra. He was ...more

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Uri Mayer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Uri Mayer age 71 Uri Mayer is Romanian-born Canadian violist and conductor. Mayer moved to Israel at a young age, and studied at the Conservatory of Music of Tel-Aviv and the University of Tel-Aviv. His ...more

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Vic Vogel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Vic Vogel age 82 Victor "Vic" Stefan Vogel, LLD, PhD is a jazz pianist, composer, arranger, trombonist and conductor in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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Victor Davies is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
age 78 Victor Davies is a film score composer.

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Victor Feldbrill is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Conductors from Canada
Victor Feldbrill age 94 Victor Feldbrill, OC OOnt is a Canadian conductor and violinist. He attended Harbord Collegiate Institute at an early age. From 1973 to 1978, he was the resident conductor of the Toronto ...more