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List of famous female conductors, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female conductors list contains the most prominent and top females known for being conductors. There are thousand of females working as conductors in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic conductors have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a conductor then the people below should give you inspiration.

List ranges from Keri-Lynn Wilson to Susan Haig, plus much more.

While this isn't a list of all female conductors, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female conductors?" and "Who are the best female conductors?"
Alice Parker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Conductors
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Alice Parker is an American composer, arranger and conductor. Many of her arrangements were done in cooperation with Robert Shaw. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 92

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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Ruslana is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Conductors
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Ruslana Stepanivna Lyzhychko, known mononymously as Ruslana, is a World Music Award and Eurovision Song Contest winning artist, holding the title of People's Artist of Ukraine. She is also a former MP serving as deputy in the Ukrainian parliament for the Our Ukraine Party. Ruslana was the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in Ukraine in 2004-2005. She is recognized as the most successful Ukrainian female solo artist internationally and was included in the top 10 most influential women of 2013 by the Forbes magazine. The U.S. Secretary of State honored her with the International Women of Courage Award in March 2014. She has been named an honorary citizen of her hometown L'viv and was nominated to ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 44

Birthplace: Lviv, Ukraine

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Yoko Kanno is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Conductors
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Yoko Kanno is a Japanese composer, arranger and musician best known for her work on the soundtracks for many anime films, television series, live-action films, video games, and advertisements. She was born in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. She has written scores for famous animated works, including Darker than Black, Macross Plus, Turn A Gundam, Cowboy Bebop, The Vision of Escaflowne, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Wolf's Rain, Kids on the Slope, and is the most trusted composer by veteran and new-wave directors such as Yoshiyuki Tomino, Shinichiro Watanabe and Shoji Kawamori. Kanno has also composed music for pop artists, the most notable being Maaya Sakamoto and Kyōko Koizumi. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 54

Birthplace: Miyagi Prefecture, Japan

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Nadia Boulanger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Conductors
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Juliette Nadia Boulanger was a French composer, conductor, and teacher who taught many of the leading composers and musicians of the 20th century as well as leading living composers and musicians. She also performed as a pianist and organist. From a musical family, she achieved early honours as a student at the Paris Conservatoire but, believing that she had no particular talent as a composer, she gave up writing music and became a teacher. In that capacity, she influenced generations of young composers, especially those from the United States and other English-speaking countries. Among her students were those who became leading composers, soloists, arrangers and conductors, including Aaron ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 92 (1887-1979)

Birthplace: France, Paris

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