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Famous Conductors from the United States

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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 Sinatra1

    Frank Sinatra

    Dec. at 83 (1915-1998)

    BirthplaceHoboken, New Jersey, USA

    Francis Albert Sinatra (; December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer, actor and... more on WikipediaSpotify buy button

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  • Frank Zappa2

    Frank Zappa

    Dec. at 53 (1940-1993)

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland, United States of America

    Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American... more on WikipediaSpotify buy button

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  • Jackie Gleason3

    Jackie Gleason

    Dec. at 71 (1916-1987)

    BirthplaceBushwick, New York City, New York, United States of America

    John Herbert Gleason (February 26, 1916 – June 24, 1987), known as Jackie Gleason, was an... more on Wikipedia

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  • Quincy Jones4

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Quincy Delight Jones Jr. (born March 14, 1933) is an American record producer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Harry Connick, Jr.5

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    Joseph Harry Fowler Connick Jr. (born September 11, 1967) is a Grammy and Emmy-award winning... more on Wikipedia

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  • Leonard Bernstein6

    Leonard Bernstein

    Dec. at 72 (1918-1990)

    BirthplaceLawrence, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Leonard Bernstein ( BURN-styne; August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American composer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Igor Stravinsky7

    Igor Stravinsky

    Dec. at 89 (1882-1971)

    BirthplaceLomonosov, Russia

    Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (; Russian: И́горь Фёдорович Страви́нский, IPA: [ˈiɡərʲ... more on Wikipedia
  • Aaron Copland8

    Aaron Copland

    Dec. at 90 (1900-1990)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Aaron Copland (; November 14, 1900 – December 2, 1990) was an American composer, composition... more on Wikipedia
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff9

    Sergei Rachmaninoff

    Age: Died at 70 (1873-1943)

    BirthplaceEurasia, Veliky Novgorod, Novgorod Oblast, Russia

    Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff (Серге́й Васи́льевич Рахма́нинов) (1 April [O.S. 20 March]... more on Wikipedia

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  • John Williams10

    BirthplaceFloral Park, New York, United States of America

    John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor, and pianist.... more on Wikipedia

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  • Richard Rodgers11

    Richard Rodgers

    Dec. at 77 (1902-1979)

    BirthplaceArverne, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Richard Charles Rodgers (June 28, 1902 – December 30, 1979) was an American composer of music,... more on Wikipedia

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  • David Ogden Stiers12

    BirthplacePeoria, Illinois, USA

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  • Henry Mancini13

    Henry Mancini

    Dec. at 70 (1924-1994)

    BirthplaceLittle Italy, Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

    Henry Nicola Mancini (born April 16, 1924 – June 14, 1994) was an American composer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 14

    BirthplaceHanford, California

    Lennie Moore is an American composer, conductor, orchestrator of music for video games, film,... more on Wikipedia
  • Arnold Schoenberg15

    Arnold Schoenberg

    Dec. at 77 (1874-1951)

    BirthplaceLeopoldstadt, Vienna, Austria

    Arnold Schoenberg or Schönberg (, US also ; German: [ˈʃøːnbɛɐ̯k] (listen); 13 September 1874 –... more on Wikipedia
  • Itzhak Perlman16

    BirthplaceTel Aviv, Israel

    Itzhak Perlman (Hebrew: יצחק פרלמן‎; born 31 August 1945) is an Israeli-American violinist,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Marvin Hamlisch17

    Marvin Hamlisch

    Dec. at 68 (1944-2012)

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Marvin Frederick Hamlisch (June 2, 1944 – August 6, 2012) was an American composer and... more on Wikipedia

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  • John Philip Sousa18

    John Philip Sousa

    Dec. at 78 (1854-1932)

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    John Philip Sousa (; November 6, 1854 – March 6, 1932) was an American composer and conductor... more on Wikipedia
  • André Previn19

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    André George Previn, (; born Andreas Ludwig Priwin; April 6, 1929 – February 28, 2019) was a... more on Wikipedia

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  • Elmer Bernstein20

    Elmer Bernstein

    Dec. at 82 (1922-2004)

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Elmer Bernstein (April 4, 1922 – August 18, 2004) was an American composer and conductor known... more on Wikipedia
  • Max Steiner21

    Max Steiner

    Dec. at 83 (1888-1971)

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    Maximilian Raoul Steiner (May 10, 1888 – December 28, 1971) was an Austrian-born American... more on Wikipedia

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  • Mark Morris22

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

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  • Michael Tilson Thomas23

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Michael Tilson Thomas (born December 21, 1944) is an American conductor, pianist and composer.... more on Wikipedia
  • Dimitris Mitropoulos24

    Dimitris Mitropoulos

    Dec. at 64 (1896-1960)

    BirthplaceAthens, Greece

    Dimitri Mitropoulos (Greek: Δημήτρης Μητρόπουλος; 1 March [O.S. 18 February] 1896 – 2 November... more on Wikipedia
  • James Horner25

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    James Roy Horner (August 14, 1953 – June 22, 2015) was an American composer, conductor and... more on Wikipedia

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