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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.

List features people like Reynaldo Hahn and Maurice Jarre.

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

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Alexandre Desplat is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Conductors from France
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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 Award nominations, seven BAFTA nominations, seven Golden Globe Award nominations, and six Grammy nominations. Desplat ...more

Age: 55

Birthplace: Paris, France

Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Actor, Composer, Orchestrator

Credits: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, The King's Speech, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, Argo, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, + more

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Alexandre Luigini is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Conductors from France
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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 égyptien. ...more

Age: Died at 56 (1850-1906)

Birthplace: Lyon, France

Profession: Conductor, Composer, Violinist

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Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Conductors from France
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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 works, particularly those of Chopin and Schumann. ...more

Age: Died at 85 (1877-1962)

Birthplace: Nyon, Switzerland

Profession: Conductor, Pianist

Also Ranked

#21 on The Greatest Pianists Ever

#14 on The Greatest Pianists of All Time

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André Campra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Conductors from France
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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 tragédies en musique, but his chief claim to fame is as the creator of a new genre, opéra-ballet. He also wrote ...more

Age: Died at 84 (1660-1744)

Birthplace: Aix-en-Provence, France

Profession: Conductor, Composer

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