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

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

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Adriano Lualdi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
Died at 86 (1885-1971) Adriano Lualdi Italian composer and conductor. Lualdi was one of those artists in Italy whose reputation was subsequently diminished because of his early and continued avid support of Benito ...more

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Alberto Randegger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
Died at 79 (1832-1911) Alberto Randegger was an Italian-born composer, conductor and singing teacher, best known for promoting opera and new works of British music in England during the Victorian era and for his ...more

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Alceo Galliera is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
Died at 86 (1910-1996) Alceo Galliera was a distinguished Italian conductor and composer. He was the son of Arnaldo Galliera who taught in organ class at the Parma Conservatory. Galliera was born in Milan in 1910 and ...more

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Aldo Ceccato is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
age 84 Aldo Ceccato is an Italian conductor. Ceccato was born in Milan. He worked as assistant to Sergiu Celibidache and was music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 1973 until 1977. Then, ...more

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Alessandro Rolla is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
Died at 84 (1757-1841) Alessandro Rolla was an Italian viola and violin virtuoso, composer, conductor and teacher. His son, Antonio Rolla, was also a violin virtuoso and composer. His fame now rests mainly as ...more

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Alessandro Siciliani is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
age 66 Alessandro Siciliani is an Italian conductor of opera and symphonic music. He is also a composer of symphonic music. Siciliani was born in Florence, Italy in 1952, the son of Ambra and Francesco ...more

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Alessio Vlad is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
age 63 Alessio Vlad is a composer and conductor.

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Alfredo Antonini is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
Died at 82 (1901-1983) Alfredo Antonini was a leading Italian/American symphony conductor and composer who was active on the international concert stage as well as on the CBS radio and television networks from the ...more

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Andrea Figallo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
age 46 Andrea Figallo is an Italian vocalist and producer. Figallo's involved in the vocal-contemporary a cappella music scene, extensively coaching choirs, conducting, arranging, adjudicating vocal ...more

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Andrea Morricone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
age 53 Andrea Morricone is a film score composer.

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Angelo Mariani is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
Died at 52 (1821-1873) Angelo Maurizio Gaspare Mariani was an Italian opera conductor and composer. His work as a conductor drew praise from Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Gioachino Rossini and Richard Wagner, and ...more

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Antonio Bagioli is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
Died at 76 (1795-1871) Giuseppe Antonio Bagioli of Bologna, Italy and New York City, New York was a successful composer, music teacher and author, and the father of Teresa Bagioli Sickles, wife of Dan Sickles, central ...more

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Antonio Guarnieri is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
Antonio Guarnieri Died at 69 (1883-1952) Antonio Guarnieri was an Italian conductor and cellist. After playing cello in the Martucci string quartet he turned to conducting in 1904, being engaged by the Vienna Court Opera in 1912. He ...more

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Antonio Pappano is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
age 58 Sir Antonio "Tony" Pappano is a British born, Italian naturalized conductor and pianist, music director of the Royal Opera House since 2002.

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Antonio Pedrotti is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
Died at 74 (1901-1975) Antonio Pedrotti was an Italian conductor and composer. He studied literature at the university and music at the conservatory in Rome. In 1924 he completed his composition studies under Ottorino ...more

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Antonio Salieri is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
Died at 75 (1750-1825) Antonio Salieri was an Italian classical composer, conductor and teacher born in Legnago, south of Verona, in the Republic of Venice, but who spent his adult life and career as a subject of the ...more

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Argeo Quadri is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
Died at 93 (1911-2004) Argeo Quadri was an Italian conductor best known for his work with Italian and French opera. From 1957 he was largely resident at the Vienna State Opera. A native of Como, he graduated from the ...more

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Armando Trovajoli is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
Died at 96 (1917-2013) Armando Trovajoli, was an Italian film composer and pianist with over 300 credits as composer and/or conductor, many of them jazz scores for low-budget exploitation films of the Commedia ...more

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Arturo Toscanini is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
Died at 90 (1867-1957) Arturo Toscanini was an Italian conductor. He was one of the most acclaimed musicians of the late 19th and 20th century, renowned for his intensity, his perfectionism, his ear for orchestral ...more

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Bernardino Molinari is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
Bernardino Molinari Died at 72 (1880-1952) Bernardino Molinari was an Italian conductor. Molinari studied under Renzi and Falchi at the Accademia of Santa Cecilia in his home town of Rome. In 1912 he was appointed artistic director of ...more

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Bill Conti is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
age 75 William "Bill" Conti is an American composer and conductor best known for his film scores, including Rocky, For Your Eyes Only, Dynasty and The Right Stuff, the latter of which earned ...more

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Bruno Maderna is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
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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Bruno Moretti is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
M. Bruno Moretti is an Italian composer, singer, musician, and conductor. He has composed ballet music working in collaboration with the choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti. He is also a singer and ...more

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Bruno Nicolai is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
Died at 65 (1926-1991) Bruno Nicolai was an Italian film music composer, orchestra director and musical editor most active in the 1960s through the 1980s. While studying piano and composition at the Santa Cecilia ...more

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Carlo Boccadoro is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy

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Carlo Felice Cillario is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
Died at 92 (1915-2007) Carlo Felice Cillario was an Argentinian-born Italian conductor of international renown.

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Carlo Giorgio Garofalo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
Died at 76 (1886-1962) Carlo Giorgio Garofalo was an Italian composer, conductor and organist. Garofalo was born in Rome, Italy to Giovanni and Faustina Rinaldi Garofalo. He later attended the Vatican college where he ...more

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Carlo Maria Giulini is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
Died at 91 (1914-2005) Carlo Maria Giulini, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI was an Italian conductor. From the age of five, when he began to play the violin, Giulini’s musical education was expanded when he began to ...more

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Carlo Ponti is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
Carlo Ponti age 49 Carlo Ponti, Jr. is an Italian orchestral conductor working in USA. His parents are late film producer Carlo Ponti, Sr. and Italian movie star Sophia Loren.

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Catterino Cavos is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
Died at 65 (1775-1840) Catterino Albertovich Cavos, born Catarino Camillo Cavos, was an Italian composer, organist and conductor settled in Russia. He played an important role in the history of Russian opera and was ...more

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Cesare Alfieri is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
Cesare Alfieri

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Claudio Abbado is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
Died at 81 (1933-2014) Claudio Abbado, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI was an Italian conductor. One of the most celebrated and respected conductors of the 20th century, he served as music director of the La Scala opera ...more

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Claudio Ambrosini is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
age 69 Claudio Ambrosini is an Italian composer and conductor.

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Claudio Baglioni is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
age 66 Claudio Baglioni is an Italian pop singer-songwriter and musician. He is considered one of the greatest songwriters/singers in Italy and one of the greatest figures in Italian musica leggera; ...more

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Claudio Scimone is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
age 83 Claudio Scimone is an Italian conductor. He was born in Padua, Italy and studied conducting with Dmitri Mitropoulos and Franco Ferrara. He has established an international reputation as a ...more

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Cleofonte Campanini is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
Died at 59 (1860-1919) Cleofonte Campanini was an Italian conductor. His brother was the tenor Italo Campanini. Born in Parma, Campanini studied music at that city's conservatory, making his debut with a performance ...more

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Daniele Amfitheatrof is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
Died at 82 (1901-1983) Daniele Amfitheatrof was a Russian-born Italian-naturalised composer and conductor.

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Daniele Gatti is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
age 56 Daniele Gatti is an Italian conductor. Gatti was born in Milan. He was principal conductor of the Orchestra Dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome from 1992 to 1997. In 1997, he ...more

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Donato Renzetti is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
Donato Renzetti

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Edoardo Mascheroni is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
Died at 89 (1852-1941) Edoardo Mascheroni was an Italian composer and conductor. He is remembered for conducting the world premiere of Giuseppe Verdi's Falstaff; he also composed two operas of his own, to libretti by ...more

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Ennio Morricone is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
age 89 Ennio Morricone, Grand Officer OMRI is an Italian composer, orchestrator, conductor and former trumpet player, who has written music for more than 500 motion pictures and television series, as ...more

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Enrico Mainardi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
Died at 79 (1897-1976) Enrico Mainardi was an Italian cellist, composer, and conductor. At the age of thirteen, in 1910, Mainardi had already begun his career as a cello virtuoso who toured the concert halls of ...more

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Ettore Gracis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
Ettore Gracis Died at 77 (1915-1992) Ettore Gracis was an Italian conductor. Born in La Spezia, he studied at the Venice Conservatory and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana. He became involved with the Venice Festival of Contemporary ...more

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Fabio Biondi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
age 57 Fabio Biondi is an Italian violinist and conductor. Born in Palermo, Sicily, Biondi had a late start, never having even held a violin till age 11, but by the following year he had advanced so ...more

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Fabio Luisi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
age 59 Fabio Luisi is a Grammy Award-winning Italian conductor. He is currently principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera and General Music Director of the Zurich Opera. Luisi attended the ...more

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Fausto Cleva is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
Died at 69 (1902-1971) Fausto Cleva was an Italian-born American operatic conductor.

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Ferruccio Busoni is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
Died at 58 (1866-1924) Ferruccio Dante Michelangelo Benvenuto Busoni was an Italian composer, pianist, conductor, editor, writer, and piano teacher.

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Francesco Mander is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
Died at 89 (1915-2004) Francesco Mander was an Italian conductor and composer.

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Francesco Uttini is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
Died at 72 (1723-1795) Francesco Antonio Baldassare Uttini was an Italian composer and conductor who was active mostly in Sweden. He is best remembered today as a composer of operas in both the Italian and Swedish ...more

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Franco Capuana is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Conductors from Italy
Franco Capuana Died at 75 (1894-1969) Franco Capuana was an Italian conductor. Born in Fano in the Province of Pesaro and Urbino, he was the younger brother of mezzo-soprano Maria Capuana. He became associated with the Teatro di San ...more