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

People here include everything from Frank Zappa to Frank Sinatra.

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

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Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Conductors from the United States
Dec. at 83 (1915-1998)
Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer, actor, director, and producer. Beginning his musical career in the swing era as a boy singer with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, ...more

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Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Conductors from the United States
Dec. at 53 (1940-1993)
Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, composer, recording engineer, record producer, and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed ...more

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Jackie Gleason is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Conductors from the United States
Dec. at 71 (1916-1987)
John Herbert “Jackie” Gleason was an American comedian, actor, and musician. He was known for his brash visual and verbal comedy style, exemplified by his character Ralph Kramden in The ...more

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Quincy Jones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Conductors from the United States
age 85
Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. is an American record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, musician, television producer, film producer, instrumentalist, magazine founder, entertainment company ...more

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Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Conductors from the United States
age 51
Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr. is an American singer, musician and actor. He has sold over 28 million albums worldwide. Connick is ranked among the top 60 best-selling male artists in the ...more

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Leonard Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Conductors from the United States
Dec. at 72 (1918-1990)
Leonard Bernstein was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the United States of America to receive ...more

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Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Conductors from the United States
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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Aaron Copland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Conductors from the United States
Dec. at 90 (1900-1990)
Aaron Copland was an American composer, composition teacher, writer, and later in his career a conductor of his own and other American music. Instrumental in forging a distinctly American style ...more

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Sergei Rachmaninoff is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Conductors from the United States
Dec. 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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John Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Conductors from the United States
age 87
John Towner Williams is an American composer, conductor, and pianist. In a career spanning over six decades, Williams has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in ...more

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Richard Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Conductors from the United States
Dec. at 77 (1902-1979)
Richard Charles Rodgers was an American composer of music for more than 900 songs and for 43 Broadway musicals. He also composed music for films and television. He is best known for his ...more

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David Ogden Stiers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Conductors from the United States
age 76
David Ogden Stiers is a voice actor.

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Henry Mancini is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Conductors from the United States
Dec. at 70 (1924-1994)
Enrico Nicola "Henry" Mancini was an American composer, conductor and arranger, who is best remembered for his film and television scores. Often cited as one of the greatest composers ...more

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Lennie Moore is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Conductors from the United States
age 57
Lennie Moore is an American composer, conductor, orchestrator of music for video games, film, TV, and Multi-media.

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Arnold Schoenberg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Conductors from the United States
Dec. at 77 (1874-1951)
Arnold Schoenberg or Schönberg was an Austrian composer and painter, associated with the expressionist movement in German poetry and art, and leader of the Second Viennese School. With the ...more

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Itzhak Perlman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Conductors from the United States
age 73
Itzhak Perlman is an Israeli-American violinist, conductor, and pedagogue.

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Marvin Hamlisch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Conductors from the United States
Dec. at 68 (1944-2012)
Marvin Frederick Hamlisch was an American composer and conductor. He is one of only twelve people to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. He is one of ten people to win three or more Oscars in ...more

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John Philip Sousa is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Conductors from the United States
Dec. at 78 (1854-1932)
John Philip Sousa was an American composer and conductor of the late Romantic era, known primarily for American military and patriotic marches. Because of his mastery of march composition, he is ...more

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André Previn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Conductors from the United States
age 89
André George Previn, KBE (/ˈprɛvɪn/; born Andreas Ludwig Priwin; April 6, 1929 – February 28, 2019) was a German-American pianist, conductor, and composer. He is considered one of the ...more

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Elmer Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Conductors from the United States
Dec. at 82 (1922-2004)
Elmer Bernstein was an American composer and conductor best known for his many film scores. In a career which spanned fifty years, he composed music for hundreds of film and television ...more

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Max Steiner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Conductors from the United States
Dec. at 83 (1888-1971)
Maximilian Raoul "Max" Steiner was an Austrian-born American composer of music for theatre and films. He was a child prodigy who conducted his first operetta when he was twelve and ...more

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Mark Morris is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Conductors from the United States
age 62
Mark William Morris is an American dancer, choreographer and director whose work is acclaimed for its craftsmanship, ingenuity, humor, and at times eclectic musical accompaniments. Morris is ...more

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Michael Tilson Thomas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Conductors from the United States
age 74
Michael Tilson Thomas is an American conductor, pianist and composer. He is currently music director of the San Francisco Symphony, and artistic director of the New World Symphony Orchestra.

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Dimitris Mitropoulos is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Conductors from the United States
Dec. at 64 (1896-1960)
Dimitri Mitropoulos, was a Greek conductor, pianist, and composer. He received international fame both as a major conductor and composer of the 20th century.

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James Horner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Conductors from the United States
age 65
James Roy Horner is an American composer, conductor, and orchestrator of film music. He is noted for the integration of choral and electronic elements in many of his film scores, and for ...more