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

People on this list include Sergei Rachmaninoff and Igor Stravinsky.

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

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Alexander Glazunov is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Alexander Glazunov Died at 71 (1865-1936) Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov was a Russian composer of the late Russian Romantic period, music teacher and conductor. He served as director of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory between ...more

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Alexander Lazarev is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Alexander Lazarev age 72 Alexander Lazarev is a Russian conductor. He studied at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, and later at the Moscow Conservatory with Leo Ginsbourg. In 1971, he was the first prize winner in a ...more

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Andrei Volkonsky is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Andrei Volkonsky Died at 75 (1933-2008) Prince Andrei Mikhaylovich Volkonsky was a Russian composer of classical music and harpsichordist. He was a key figure in Early Music Revival in Russia.

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Anton Rubinstein is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Anton Rubinstein Died at 65 (1829-1894) Anton Grigorevich Rubinstein was a Russian pianist, composer and conductor who became a pivotal figure in Russian culture when he founded the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. He was the elder ...more

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Constantin Bakaleinikoff is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Died at 70 (1896-1966) Constantin Romanovich Bakaleinikov, or Bakaleinikoff was a Russian-born composer.

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Daniele Amfitheatrof is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Daniele Amfitheatrof Died at 82 (1901-1983) Daniele Amfitheatrof was a Russian-born Italian-naturalised composer and conductor.

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Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Dmitri Shostakovich Died at 69 (1906-1975) Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich was a Russian composer and pianist, and a prominent figure of 20th-century music. Shostakovich achieved fame in the Soviet Union under the patronage of Soviet ...more

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Dmitry Sitkovetsky is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Dmitry Sitkovetsky age 63 Dmitry Yulianovich Sitkovetsky is a Soviet-Russian born classical violinist and conductor.

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Efrem Zimbalist is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Efrem Zimbalist Died at 96 (1889-1985) Efrem Zimbalist, Sr. was an internationally known concert violinist, composer, teacher, conductor and director of the Curtis Institute of Music.

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Emil Cooper is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Emil Cooper Died at 83 (1877-1960) Emil Albertovich Cooper, also known as Emil Kuper was a Russian conductor and violinist, of English ancestry. He graduated music school in Odessa, Ukraine as violinist and composer. Until 1898 ...more

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Evgeny Mravinsky is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Evgeny Mravinsky Died at 85 (1903-1988) Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Mravinsky was a Soviet-Russian conductor.

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Evgeny Svetlanov is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Evgeny Svetlanov Died at 74 (1928-2002) Yevgeny Fyodorovich Svetlanov was a Russian conductor, composer and though less well-known, a pianist.

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Felix Blumenfeld is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Felix Blumenfeld Died at 68 (1863-1931) Felix Mikhailovich Blumenfeld was a Russian composer, conductor, pianist, and teacher. He was born in Kovalevka, Kherson Governorate, Russian Empire, the son of Austrian Mikhail Frantsevich ...more

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Igor Markevitch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Igor Markevitch Died at 71 (1912-1983) Igor Borisovitch Markevitch was a Ukrainian-born composer and conductor who studied and worked in Paris, becoming a French citizen. He was commissioned in 1929 for a piano concerto by impresario ...more

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Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Igor Stravinsky Died at 89 (1882-1971) Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky was a Russian composer, pianist and conductor. He is widely considered to be one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century. Stravinsky's ...more

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Isaak Dunayevsky is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Isaak Dunayevsky Died at 55 (1900-1955) Isaak Osipovich Dunayevsky was a Soviet film composer and conductor of the 1930s and 1940s, who achieved huge success in music for operetta and film comedies, frequently working with the film ...more

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Kiril Kondrashin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Kiril Kondrashin Died at 67 (1914-1981) Kirill Petrovich Kondrashin was a Russian conductor.

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Leopold Auer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Leopold Auer Died at 85 (1845-1930) Leopold Auer was a Hungarian violinist, academic, conductor and composer.

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Maxim Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Maxim Shostakovich age 79 Maxim Dmitrievich Shostakovich is a Russian conductor and pianist. He is the second child of Dmitri Shostakovich and Nina Varzar. Since 1975, he has conducted and popularised many of his ...more

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Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov Died at 76 (1859-1935) Mikhail Mikhailovich Ippolitov-Ivanov was a Russian composer, conductor and teacher.

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Mikhail Pletnev is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Mikhail Pletnev age 58 Mikhail Vasilievich Pletnev is a Russian concert pianist, conductor, and composer.

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Mily Balakirev is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Mily Balakirev Died at 73 (1837-1910) Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev was a Russian pianist, conductor and composer known today primarily for his work promoting musical nationalism and his encouragement of more famous Russian composers, ...more

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Mischa Bakaleinikoff is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Mischa Bakaleinikoff Died at 70 (1890-1960) Mikhail Romanovich Bakaleinikov or Mischa Bakaleinikoff was a noted musical director, film composer and conductor.

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Nicolas Slonimsky is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Nicolas Slonimsky Died at 101 (1894-1995) Nicolas Slonimsky, born Nikolai Leonidovich Slonimskiy, was a Russian-born American conductor, author, pianist, composer and lexicographer. Best known for his writing and musical reference work, ...more

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Nikita Bogoslovsky is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Nikita Bogoslovsky Died at 91 (1913-2004) Nikita Bogoslovsky was a prominent Soviet/Russian composer, author of more than 200 songs, 8 symphonies, 17 operettas and musical comedies, 58 soundtracks, and 52 scores for theater productions. ...more

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Nikolai Malko is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Nikolai Malko Died at 78 (1883-1961) Nicolai Andreyevich Malko was a symphonic conductor.

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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Died at 64 (1844-1908) Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov was a Russian composer, and a member of the group of composers known as The Five. He was a master of orchestration. His best-known orchestral ...more

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Nikolai Tcherepnin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Nikolai Tcherepnin Died at 72 (1873-1945) Nikolai Nikolayevich Tcherepnin was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. He was born in Saint Petersburg and studied under Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. He ...more

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Rudolf Barshai is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Rudolf Barshai Died at 86 (1924-2010) Rudolf Borisovich Barshai was a great, world-famous Soviet and Russian conductor and violist. Barshai was born in Stanitsa Labinskaya, Krasnodar Krai, and studied at the Moscow Conservatory ...more

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Serge Koussevitzky is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Serge Koussevitzky Died at 77 (1874-1951) Sergéi Aleksándrovich Kusevitski, ruso: Сергей Александрович Кусевицкий (26 de julio de 1874 — 4 de junio de 1951), fue un director de orquesta y contrabajista nacido en Rusia, ...more

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Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Sergei Rachmaninoff Died at 70 (1873-1943) Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. Rachmaninoff is widely considered as one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, one of the last ...more

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Valery Gergiev is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Valery Gergiev age 62 Valery Abisalovich Gergiev is a Russian conductor and opera company director. He is general director and artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre, principal conductor of the London Symphony ...more

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Vasily Kalinnikov is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Vasily Kalinnikov Died at 35 (1866-1901) Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov was a Russian composer of two symphonies, several additional orchestral works and numerous songs, all of them imbued with characteristics of folksong. His ...more

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Vasily Safonov is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Vasily Safonov Died at 66 (1852-1918) Vasily Ilyich Safonov, also known as Wassily Safonoff, was a Russian pianist, teacher, conductor and composer. Vasily Safonov, or Safonoff as he was known in the West during his lifetime, was ...more

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Vladimir Fedoseyev is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Vladimir Fedoseyev age 83 Vladimir Ivanovich Fedoseyev is a Russian conductor. Fedoseyev graduated from the Gnessin State Musical College 1957, and Moscow Conservatory 1972. From 1974 artistic director and chief ...more

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Yakov Kreizberg is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Yakov Kreizberg Died at 52 (1959-2011) Yakov Kreizberg was a Russian-born American conductor.

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Yuri Simonov is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Yuri Simonov age 77 Yuri Ivanovich Simonov is a Russian conductor. He studied at the Leningrad Conservatory under Nikolai Rabinovich, and was later an assistant conductor to Yevgeny Mravinsky with the Leningrad ...more

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Yuri Temirkanov is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Yuri Temirkanov age 79 Yuri Khatuevich Temirkanov is a Russian conductor of Circassian origin. Yuri Temirkanov has been the Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic since 1988.

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Борис Эммануилович Хайкин is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Борис Эммануилович Хайкин Died at 74 (1904-1978) Boris Emmanuilovich Khaykin was a Russian Jewish conductor who was named a People's Artist of the USSR in 1972. Khaykin was born in Minsk, then part of the Russian Empire. He studied at the ...more

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Василий Серафймович Синайский is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Василий Серафймович Синайский age 70 Vassily Serafimovich Sinaisky is a Russian conductor and pianist. He studied conducting with Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory and began his career as assistant to Kirill Kondrashin at ...more

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Карл Юльевич Давыдов is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Conductors from Russia
Карл Юльевич Давыдов Died at 51 (1838-1889) Karl Yulievich Davydov was a Russian cellist of great renown during his time, and described by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky as the "star of cellists". Arensky dedicated his first piano ...more