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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
Dec. 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
age 73
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 64
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 80
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
Dec. 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
age 61
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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