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Famous Conductors from Italy

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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.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different people, including Arturo Toscanini and Ennio Morricone.

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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  • 1
    Dec. at 85 (1885-1971)

    BirthplaceLarino, Italy

    Adriano Lualdi (22 March 1885 – 8 January 1971) Italian composer and conductor. Lualdi was one of those artists in Italy whose reputation was subsequently diminished because of his early and...  more
  • 2
    Dec. at 79 (1832-1911)

    BirthplaceTrieste, Italy

    Alberto Randegger (13 April 1832 – 18 December 1911) was an Italian-born composer, conductor and singing teacher, best known for promoting opera and new works of British music in England during the...  more
  • 3
    Dec. at 85 (1910-1996)

    BirthplaceMilan, Italy

    Alceo Galliera (3 May 1910 - 21 April 1996) was a distinguished Italian conductor and composer. He was the son of Arnaldo Galliera (1871—1934) who taught in organ class at the Parma...  more
  • 4

    BirthplaceMilan, Italy

    Aldo Ceccato (born 18 February 1934) 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...  more
  • 5
    Dec. at 84 (1757-1841)

    BirthplacePavia, Italy

    Alessandro Rolla (Italian pronunciation: [alesˈsandro ˈrɔlla]; 22 April 1757 – 15 September 1841) was an Italian viola and violin virtuoso, composer, conductor and teacher. His son, Antonio Rolla,...  more
  • 6

    BirthplaceFlorence, Italy

    Alessandro Siciliani (born 1952) is an Italian conductor of opera and symphonic music. He is also a composer of symphonic music. Siciliani was born in Florence, Italy, the son of Ambra and Francesco...  more
  • 7

    BirthplaceRome, Italy

    Alessio Vlad is a composer and conductor....  more
  • 8
    Dec. at 82 (1901-1983)

    BirthplaceMilan, Italy

    Alfredo Antonini (May 31, 1901 – November 3, 1983) 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...  more
  • 9

    BirthplaceGorizia, Italy

    Andrea Figallo is an Italian vocal coach, vocalist and producer. ...  more
  • 10

    BirthplaceRome, Italy

    Andrea Morricone (born 10 October 1964) is an Italian composer and conductor, known for his film scores. He is the son of composer Ennio Morricone. He composed the film scores for the American...  more
  • 11
    Dec. at 51 (1821-1873)

    BirthplaceRavenna, Italy

    Angelo Maurizio Gaspare Mariani (11 October 1821 – 13 June 1873) was an Italian opera conductor and composer. His work as a conductor drew praise from Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Gioachino...  more
  • 12
    Dec. at 75 (1795-1871)

    BirthplaceBologna, Italy

    Giuseppe Antonio Bagioli (or just Antonio Bagioli) (1795–1871) of Bologna, Italy and New York City, New York was a successful composer, music teacher and author. He was musical director by 1832 of...  more
  • 13
    Dec. at 69 (1883-1952)

    BirthplaceItaly

    Antonio Guarnieri (Venice, Italy, 1 February 1880 — Milan, Italy, 25 November 1952) was an Italian conductor and cellist. After playing cello in the Martucci string quartet he turned to conducting in...  more
  • 14

    BirthplaceEpping, United Kingdom

    Sir Antonio Pappano (born 30 December 1959) is an English-Italian conductor and pianist. He has been music director of the Royal Opera House since 2002. In 2015 he received a Gold Medal from the...  more
  • 15
    Dec. at 73 (1901-1975)

    BirthplaceTrento, Italy

    Antonio Pedrotti (August 14, 1901 – May 15, 1975 in Trento) was an Italian conductor and composer. He studied literature at the university and music at the conservatory in Rome. In 1924 he completed...  more
  • 16
    Dec. at 74 (1750-1825)

    BirthplaceLegnago, Italy

    Antonio Salieri (UK: SAL-ee-AIR-ee, US: sahl-YAIR-ee, Italian: [anˈtɔːnjo saˈljɛːri]; 18 August 1750 – 7 May 1825) was an Italian classical composer, conductor, teacher and rival of Wolfgang...  more
  • 17
    Age: 110

    BirthplaceItaly

    Argeo Quadri (23 March 1911 – 14 April 2004) 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...  more
  • 18
    Dec. at 95 (1917-2013)

    BirthplaceRome, Italy

    Armando Trovajoli (also Trovaioli, 2 September 1917 in Rome – 28 February 2013 in Rome) was an Italian film composer and pianist with over 300 credits as composer and/or conductor, many of them jazz...  more
  • 19
    Dec. at 89 (1867-1957)

    BirthplaceParma, Italy

    Arturo Toscanini (, Italian: [arˈtuːro toskaˈniːni]; March 25, 1867 – January 16, 1957) was an Italian conductor. He was one of the most acclaimed musicians of the late 19th and of the 20th century,...  more
  • 20
    Dec. at 72 (1880-1952)

    BirthplaceRome, Italy

    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 the...  more
  • 21
    Age: 79

    BirthplaceProvidence, Rhode Island

    William Conti (born April 13, 1942) is an American composer and conductor best known for his film scores, including Rocky (and four of its sequels), Karate Kid (and all of its sequels), For Your Eyes...  more
  • 22
    Dec. at 53 (1920-1973)

    BirthplaceVenice, Scorzè, Italy

    Bruno Maderna (21 April 1920 – 13 November 1973) was an Italian conductor and composer....  more
  • 23
    Bruno Moretti (born 1957) is an Italian composer, pianist, and conductor. He has composed ballet music (as well as theatre, cinema and television music) working in collaboration with the...  more
  • 24
    Dec. at 65 (1926-1991)

    BirthplaceRome, Italy

    Bruno Nicolai (20 May 1926 in Rome – 16 August 1991 in Rome) was an Italian film music composer, orchestra director and musical editor most active in the 1960s through the 1980s.While studying piano...  more
  • 25

    BirthplaceEurope, Marche, Eurasia, Italy, Province of Macerata