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

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Alexandre Desplat is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Conductors from France
age 56 Alexandre Michel Gérard Desplat is a French film composer. He has won one Academy Award for his soundtrack to the film The Grand Budapest Hotel, and received seven additional Academy ...more

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Alexandre Luigini is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Dec. at 56 (1850-1906) Alexandre Clément Léon Joseph Luigini was a French composer and conductor, especially active in the opera house. As a composer, he is now remembered almost solely for his Ballet

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Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Dec. at 85 (1877-1962) Alfred Denis Cortot was a Franco-Swiss pianist and conductor. He is one of the most renowned 20th-century classical musicians, especially valued for his poetic insight in Romantic period piano ...more

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André Campra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Dec. at 84 (1660-1744) André Campra was a French composer and conductor. Campra was one of the leading French opera composers in the period between Jean-Baptiste Lully and Jean-Philippe Rameau. He wrote several ...more

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André Cluytens is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Dec. at 62 (1905-1967) André Cluytens was a Belgian-born French conductor who was active in the concert hall, opera house and recording studio. His repertoire extended from Viennese classics through French ...more

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André Messager is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Dec. at 76 (1853-1929) André Charles Prosper Messager was a French composer, organist, pianist, conductor and administrator. His stage compositions included ballets and 30 opéra comiques and operettas, ...more

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Bertrand de Billy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Conductors from France
age 53 Bertrand de Billy is a French conductor. He attended a Jesuit school but only started serious musical studies when he was around 14-15; he studied piano and violin. After his career as an ...more

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Camille Chevillard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Camille Chevillard Dec. at 64 (1859-1923) Paul Alexandre Camille Chevillard was a French composer and conductor. He was born in Paris, France. He led the Orchestre Lamoureux in the premieres of Claude Debussy's Nocturnes and La mer, and ...more

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Camille Saint-Saëns is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Dec. at 86 (1835-1921) Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns was a French composer, organist, conductor and pianist of the Romantic era. His best-known works include Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, the Second Piano ...more

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Carlos Salzedo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Dec. at 76 (1885-1961) Carlos Salzedo was a French harpist, pianist, composer and conductor.

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Charles Bruck is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Dec. at 84 (1911-1995) Charles Bruck was a Hungarian-French conductor. Bruck was born in Temesvár, Kingdom of Hungary, Austro-Hungarian Empire, since 1920 Timişoara, since 1920 in Romania. He left Romania in ...more

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Charles Lamoureux is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Dec. at 65 (1834-1899) Charles Lamoureux was a French conductor and violinist.

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Charles Münch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Dec. at 77 (1891-1968) Charles Munch was an Alsacian symphonic conductor and violinist. Noted for his mastery of the French orchestral repertoire, he was best known as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

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Christophe Rousset is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Conductors from France
age 56 Christophe Rousset is a French harpsichordist and conductor, specializing in the performance of baroque music on period instruments.

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Désiré-Émile Inghelbrecht is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Désiré-Émile Inghelbrecht Dec. at 85 (1880-1965) Désiré-Émile Inghelbrecht was a French composer, conductor and writer.

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Diego Masson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Conductors from France
age 82 Diego Masson is a French conductor, composer, and percussionist. The son of artist André Masson and brother of the singer and actor Luís Masson, Diego Masson studied piano and ...more

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Édouard Colonne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Dec. at 72 (1838-1910) Édouard Juda Colonne was a French conductor and violinist, who was a champion of the music of Berlioz and other eminent 19th-century composers.

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Édouard Deldevez is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Dec. at 80 (1817-1897) Édouard-Marie-Ernest Deldevez was a French violinist, conductor at important Parisian musical institutions, composer, and music teacher.

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Emmanuelle Haïm is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Conductors from France
age 56 Emmanuelle Haïm is a French harpsichordist and conductor with a particular interest in early music and Baroque music.

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Eugène Bigot is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Eugène Bigot Dec. at 77 (1888-1965) Eugène Bigot was a French composer and conductor. He also taught at the Conservatoire de Paris where his notable pupils included Émilien Allard, Louis de Froment, Henri-Claude ...more

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Eugène Goossens, fils is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Eugène Goossens, fils Dec. at 91 (1867-1958) Eugène Goossens was a French born conductor and violinist. He was born in Bordeaux and studied in Bruges and the conservatoire in Brussels. He moved to England with his father, ...more

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Francis Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Dec. at 84 (1870-1954) Francis Casadesus is a film score composer, a composer and a conductor.

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Gabriel Fauré is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Dec. at 79 (1845-1924) Gabriel Urbain Fauré was a French composer, organist, pianist and teacher. He was one of the foremost French composers of his generation, and his musical style influenced many ...more

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Gabriel Pierné is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Dec. at 74 (1863-1937) Henri Constant Gabriel Pierné was a French composer, conductor, and organist.

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Georges Prêtre is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Conductors from France
age 93 Georges Prêtre is a French orchestral and opera conductor.

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Georges Tzipine is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Georges Tzipine Dec. at 80 (1907-1987) Georges Samuel Tzipine was a French violinist, conductor and composer. He was of Russian-Jewish origin. He was trained as a violinist at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris, winning a ...more

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Gilbert Amy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Gilbert Amy age 81 Gilbert Amy is a French composer and conductor. In 1954 he entered the Conservatoire de Paris, where he was taught and influenced by Olivier Messiaen and Darius Milhaud and studied piano with ...more

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Hector Berlioz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Dec. at 66 (1803-1869) Hector Berlioz was a French Romantic composer, best known for his compositions Symphonie fantastique and Grande messe des morts. Berlioz made significant contributions to the modern orchestra ...more

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Henri Büsser is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Dec. at 101 (1872-1973) Henri Büsser was a French classical composer, organist, and conductor.

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Henri Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Dec. at 68 (1879-1947) Henri-Gustave Casadesus was a violist, viola d'amore player, and music publisher. Casadesus received his early musical instruction with Albert Lavignac and studied viola with Théophile ...more

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Henri Rabaud is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Dec. at 76 (1873-1949) Henri Rabaud was a French conductor and composer, who held important posts in the French musical establishment and upheld mainly conservative trends in French music in the first half of the ...more

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Henri Tomasi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Dec. at 70 (1901-1971) Henri Tomasi was a French classical composer and conductor.

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Jean Fournet is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Dec. at 95 (1913-2008) Jean Fournet was a French conductor. Fournet’s father was a flutist who gave him some instruction on the flute and music theory. Fournet was then trained at the Conservatoire de Paris in flute ...more

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Jean Martinon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Dec. at 66 (1910-1976) Jean Francisque-Étienne Martinon was a French conductor and composer.

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Jean-Baptiste Arban is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Dec. at 64 (1825-1889) Joseph Jean-Baptiste Laurent Arban was a cornetist, conductor, composer, pedagogue and the first famed virtuoso of the cornet à piston or valved cornet. He was influenced by ...more

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Jean-Claude Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Jean-Claude Casadesus age 82 Jean-Claude Casadesus is a French conductor.

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Jean-Claude Malgoire is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Conductors from France
age 77 Jean-Claude Malgoire is a French conductor. He was born in Avignon, France and studied music locally and at the Paris Conservatory. His early musical career was as an oboist. In 1966, he founded ...more

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Jean-Michel Soupraya is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Conductors from France
age 44 Jean-Michel Soupraya, is a French record producer, music conductor, musical arranger, film composer and musician. Often referred to as "The Next Quincy Jones." Soupraya is noted for ...more

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Jean-Pierre Jacquillat is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Jean-Pierre Jacquillat Dec. at 51 (1935-1986) Jean-Pierre Jacquillat was a French conductor. Jacquillat was born in Versailles in 1935. He was named assistant to Charles Munch at the Orchestre de Paris in 1967. He was chief conductor of the ...more

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Jean-Pierre Wallez is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Conductors from France
age 79 Jean-Pierrre Wallez is a French violinist and conductor.

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Joseph Guy Ropartz is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Dec. at 91 (1864-1955) Joseph Guy Marie Ropartz was a French composer and conductor. His compositions included five symphonies, three violin sonatas, cello sonatas, six string quartets, a piano trio and string trio, ...more

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Joseph-François Kremer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Joseph-François Kremer age 64 Joseph-François Kremer is a French composer, conductor, violinist and musicologist.

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Jules Garcin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Dec. at 66 (1830-1896) Jules Auguste Garcin [Salomon] was a French violinist, conductor and composer of the 19th century. He was born in Bourges. His maternal grandfather, Joseph Garcin, was director of a travelling ...more

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Jules Pasdeloup is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Jules Pasdeloup Dec. at 68 (1819-1887) Jules Étienne Pasdeloup was a French conductor. Pasdeloup was born in Paris. His father was an assistant conductor at the Opéra Comique; he was educated in music at the ...more

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Jules Semler-Collery is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Jules Semler-Collery Dec. at 86 (1902-1988) Jules Semler-Collery was a French composer, conductor and teacher. Jules Semler-Collery was born in Dunkerque in 1902. His father, a conductor, was his first music teacher. Later he studied at ...more

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Laurent Petitgirard is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Conductors from France
age 67 Laurent Petitgirard is a French classical composer and conductor.

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Léo Ferré is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Dec. at 77 (1916-1993) Léo Ferré was a Monegasque French poet and composer, and a dynamic and controversial live performer, whose career in France dominated the years after the Second World War until his ...more

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Louis-Antoine Jullien is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Louis-Antoine Jullien Dec. at 48 (1812-1860) Louis-Antoine Jullien was a French conductor and composer of light music. Jullien was born in Sisteron, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, and was baptised Louis George Maurice Adolphe Roche Albert Abel ...more

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Louis Frémaux is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Conductors from France
Louis Frémaux age 96 Louis Frémaux is a French conductor.

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Louis Langrée is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Conductors from France
age 57 Louis Langrée is a French conductor. He is the son of organist and theorist Alain Langrée. One of his sisters is an amateur cellist. Langrée studied at the Strasbourg ...more