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

List features Richard Strauss, Siegfried Wagner and more.

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

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Richard Strauss is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Richard Strauss Died at 85 (1864-1949) Richard Georg Strauss was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is known for his operas, which include Der Rosenkavalier and Salome; his lieder, especially his ...more

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Richard Wagner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Richard Wagner Died at 70 (1813-1883) Richard Wagner is a film score composer.

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Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Died at 38 (1809-1847) Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, born and widely known as Felix Mendelssohn, was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. A grandson of the ...more

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André Previn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
André Previn age 89 André George Previn, KBE is a German-American pianist, conductor, and composer. He is considered one of the most versatile musicians in the world and is the winner of four Academy Awards ...more

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Siegfried Wagner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Siegfried Wagner Died at 61 (1869-1930) Siegfried Wagner was a German composer and conductor, the son of Richard Wagner. He was an opera composer and the artistic director of the Bayreuth Festival from 1908 to 1930.

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Wolfgang Fortner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Wolfgang Fortner Died at 80 (1907-1987) Wolfgang Fortner was a German composer, composition teacher and conductor.

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Carl Maria von Weber is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Carl Maria von Weber Died at 40 (1786-1826) Carl Maria Friedrich Ernst von Weber was a German composer, conductor, pianist, guitarist and critic, one of the first significant composers of the Romantic school. Weber's operas Der ...more

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Erich Kunzel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Erich Kunzel Died at 74 (1935-2009) Erich Kunzel, Jr. was an American orchestra conductor. Called the "Prince of Pops" by the Chicago Tribune, he performed with a number of leading pops and symphony orchestras, ...more

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Chris Walden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Chris Walden age 51 Chris Walden is a German composer, arranger, and conductor living in the U.S. He leads his own jazz big band, the Chris Walden Big Band, based in Los Angeles and was nominated six times for a ...more

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Paul Hindemith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Paul Hindemith Died at 68 (1895-1963) Paul Hindemith was a German composer, violist, violinist, teacher and conductor. Notable compositions include his song cycle Das Marienleben and opera Mathis der Maler.

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Matthias Pintscher is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Matthias Pintscher age 47 Matthias Pintscher is a German composer and conductor. As a youth, he studied the violin and conducting.

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Martin Böttcher is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Martin Böttcher age 90 Martin Böttcher is a Film Score Composer.

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Karl Richter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Karl Richter Died at 55 (1926-1981) Karl Richter was a German conductor, choirmaster, organist, and harpsichordist. He was born in Plauen and studied first in Dresden, where he was a member of the Dresdner Kreuzchor and later in ...more

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Lukas Foss is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Lukas Foss Died at 87 (1922-2009) Lukas Foss was an American composer, pianist, and conductor.

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Heinrich Hollreiser is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Heinrich Hollreiser Died at 93 (1913-2006) Heinrich Hollreiser was a German conductor. Born in Munich, he attended the State Academy of Music there, and went on to serve as the conductor at the opera houses in Wiesbaden, Darmstadt, ...more

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Franz Danzi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Franz Danzi Died at 63 (1763-1826) Franz Ignaz Danzi was a German cellist, composer and conductor, the son of the noted Italian cellist Innocenz Danzi. Born in Schwetzingen, Franz Danzi worked in Mannheim, Munich, Stuttgart and ...more

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Carl Reinthaler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Carl Reinthaler Died at 74 (1822-1896) Carl Martin Reinthaler was a German organist, conductor and composer. Alternative spellings include Karl Martin Reinthaler and Carl Martin Rheinthaler.

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Max Reger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Max Reger Died at 43 (1873-1916) Johann Baptist Joseph Maximilian Reger was a German composer, conductor, pianist, organist, and academic teacher.

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Otto Gerdes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Otto Gerdes Died at 69 (1920-1989) Otto Gerdes was a German conductor and record producer. He studied music at the Hochschule für Musik Köln, including conducting with Hermann Abendroth. He conducted opera in Berlin, ...more

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Gershon Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Gershon Kingsley age 95 Gershon Kingsley a contemporary German American composer, is a pioneer of electronic music and the Moog synthesizer and founder of the First Moog Quartet, as a partner in the electronic music ...more

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Thomas Hengelbrock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Thomas Hengelbrock age 59 Thomas Hengelbrock is a German violinist, musicologist, stage director and conductor. He is the founder and director of the Balthasar-Neumann-Chor and the Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble. Since 2011, ...more

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Carl Reinecke is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Carl Reinecke Died at 86 (1824-1910) Carl Heinrich Carsten Reinecke was a German composer, conductor, and pianist.

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Joseph Keilberth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Joseph Keilberth Died at 60 (1908-1968) Joseph Keilberth was a German conductor who specialized in opera. He started his career in the State Theatre of his native city, Karlsruhe. In 1940 he became director of the German Philharmonic ...more

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Alfred Hertz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Alfred Hertz Died at 70 (1872-1942) Alfred Hertz was a German conductor. He was born in Frankfurt, Germany. As a child, he contracted infantile paralysis and walked with a cane after that. In 1898, Hertz met the British composer ...more

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Bruno Walter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Bruno Walter Died 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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Bruno Maderna is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Bruno Maderna Died at 53 (1920-1973) Bruno Maderna was an Italian conductor and composer. For the last ten years of his life he lived in Germany and eventually became a citizen of that country.

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Karl Klindworth is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Karl Klindworth Died at 86 (1830-1916) Karl Klindworth was a German composer, pianist, conductor, violinist and music publisher. He was one of Franz Liszt's pupils and later one of his closest disciples and friends, being also on ...more

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Hans Pfitzner is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Hans Pfitzner Died at 80 (1869-1949) Hans Erich Pfitzner was a German composer and self-described anti-modernist. His best known work is the post-Romantic opera Palestrina, loosely based on the life of the great sixteenth-century ...more

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Joseph Weigl is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Joseph Weigl Died at 80 (1766-1846) Joseph Weigl, was an Austrian composer and conductor, born in Eisenstadt, Hungary, Austrian Empire. The son of Joseph Franz Weigl, the principal cellist in the orchestra of the Esterházy ...more

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Louis Spohr is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Louis Spohr Died at 75 (1784-1859) Louis Spohr, born Ludwig Spohr, was a German composer, violinist and conductor. Highly regarded during his lifetime, Spohr composed ten symphonies, ten operas, eighteen violin concerti, four ...more

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Charles Hallé is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Charles Hallé Died at 76 (1819-1895) Sir Charles Hallé was an Anglo-German pianist and conductor, and founder of The Hallé orchestra in 1858.

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Julius Stern is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Julius Stern Died at 63 (1820-1883) Julius Stern was a Jewish-German musical pedagogue and composer.

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Hermann Scherchen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Hermann Scherchen Died at 75 (1891-1966) Hermann Scherchen was a German conductor.

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Max Bruch is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Max Bruch Died at 82 (1838-1920) Max Christian Friedrich Bruch, also known as Max Karl August Bruch, was a German Romantic composer and conductor who wrote over 200 works, including three violin concertos, the first of which ...more

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Ferdinand Ries is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Ferdinand Ries Died at 54 (1784-1838) Ferdinand Ries was a German composer. Ries was a friend, pupil and secretary of Ludwig van Beethoven. He composed eight symphonies, a violin concerto, eight piano concertos and numerous other ...more

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Max von Schillings is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Max von Schillings Died at 65 (1868-1933) Max von Schillings was a German conductor, composer and theatre director. He was chief conductor at the Berlin State Opera from 1919 to 1925. Schillings' opera Mona Lisa was internationally ...more

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Christoph Eschenbach is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Christoph Eschenbach age 78 Christoph Eschenbach is a German-born pianist and conductor. He is currently music director of both the National Symphony Orchestra and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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Bernhard Stavenhagen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Bernhard Stavenhagen Died at 52 (1862-1914) Bernhard Stavenhagen was a German pianist, composer and conductor. His musical style was influenced by Franz Liszt, and as a conductor he was a strong advocate of new music.

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Werner Eisbrenner is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Werner Eisbrenner Died at 73 (1908-1981) Werner Friedrich Emil Eisbrenner (2 December 1908, Berlin – 7 November 1981, Berlin) was a German composer and conductor, best known for his film music. Eisbrenner studied church music and ...more

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Hans von Bülow is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Hans von Bülow Died at 64 (1830-1894) Baron Hans Guido von Bülow was a German conductor, virtuoso pianist, and composer of the Romantic era. One of the most famous conductors of the 19th century, his activity was critical for ...more

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Eugene Schmitz is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Eugene Schmitz Died at 64 (1864-1928) Eugene Edward Schmitz was an American politician and the 26th mayor of San Francisco, who became notorious for his conviction by a jury on charges of corruption.

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Rudolf Wagner-Régeny is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Rudolf Wagner-Régeny Died at 66 (1903-1969) Rudolf Wagner-Régeny was a composer, conductor, and pianist. Born in Transylvania, Kingdom of Hungary, since 1920 Romania, he became a German citizen in 1930, and then East Germany after ...more

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Henri Berger is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Henri Berger Died at 85 (1844-1929) Henry or Henri Berger was a Prussian Kapellmeister composer and royal bandmaster of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi from 1872 to his death. Berger was born Heinrich August Wilhelm Berger in Prussia and ...more

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Werner Schmidt-Boelcke is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Werner Schmidt-Boelcke Died at 82 (1903-1985) Werner Schmidt-Boelcke was a film score composer.

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Frank Duval is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Frank Duval age 77 Frank Duval is a German composer, conductor, record producer, songwriter and singer. Born into an artists' family, he studied as an actor and dancer, but also sang with his sister, Maria. By the ...more

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Claus Ogerman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Claus Ogerman age 87 Claus Ogerman is a German arranger/orchestrator, conductor, and composer, best known for his works with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Frank Sinatra and Diana Krall.

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Christian Zacharias is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Christian Zacharias age 67 Christian Zacharias is a German pianist and conductor.

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Paul Dessau is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Paul Dessau Died at 85 (1894-1979) Paul Dessau was a German composer and conductor.

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Frederik Prausnitz is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Frederik Prausnitz Died at 84 (1920-2004) Frederik William Prausnitz was a German-born American conductor and teacher. His grandfather, Wilhelm Prausnitz, was the dean of the medical school at Graz, as well as a Privy Counsellor. His ...more

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Christoph von Dohnányi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Conductors from Germany
Christoph von Dohnányi age 88 Christoph von Dohnányi is a German conductor.