Famous Male Conductors

21.3k views 1,985 items

List of famous male conductors, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male conductors list contains the most prominent and top males known for being conductors. There are thousand of males 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 male aspiring to be a conductor then the people below should give you inspiration.

List people include Roberto Abbado, Fenno Heath and more.

While this isn't a list of all male conductors, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male conductors?" and "Who are the best male conductors?"
back to page 1
Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Male Conductors
Photo:  Fredrick Brown/Getty images

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 United States by the Recording Industry Association of America, with 16 million in certified sales. He has had seven top 20 US albums, and ten number-one US jazz albums, earning more number-one albums than any other artist in US jazz chart history. Connick's best-selling album in the United States is his 1993 Christmas album When My Heart Finds Christmas, which is also one of the best selling Christmas albums in the United States. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 51

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

More Harry Connick, Jr.

#29 of 144 on The Best Hallmark Channel Actors #99 of 222 on The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time #14 of 58 on The Greatest Crooners of All Time #39 of 89 on The Best Reality Show Judges

see more on Harry Connick, Jr.
Leonard Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Male Conductors
Photo:  jean pimentel / Contributor / Getty Images

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 worldwide acclaim. According to music critic Donal Henahan, he was "one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history." His fame derived from his long tenure as the music director of the New York Philharmonic, from his conducting of concerts with most of the world's leading orchestras, and from his music for West Side Story, Peter Pan, Candide, Wonderful Town, On the Town, On The Waterfront, his Mass, and a range of other compositions. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 72 (1918-1990)

Birthplace: Lawrence, Massachusetts, United States of America

More Leonard Bernstein

#64 of 372 on The Best Classical Composers #64 of 510 on Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song? #10 of 12 on 12 Historically Beloved Figures That J. Edgar Hoover Hated And Tried To Destroy #36 of 53 on 53 Celebrities with Honorary Degrees from Harvard

see more on Leonard Bernstein
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Male Conductors
Photo: Metaweb (FB)/Public domain

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 compositional career was notable for its stylistic diversity. He first achieved international fame with three ballets commissioned by the impresario Sergei Diaghilev and first performed in Paris by Diaghilev's Ballets Russes: The Firebird, Petrushka and The Rite of Spring. The last of these transformed the way in which subsequent composers thought about rhythmic structure and was largely responsible for Stravinsky's enduring reputation as a musical revolutionary who pushed the boundaries of musical ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 89 (1882-1971)

Birthplace: Lomonosov, Russia

More Igor Stravinsky

#19 of 372 on The Best Classical Composers #70 of 153 on The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time #25 of 56 on The Best Piano Composers Ever, Ranked #6 of 38 on The Best Russian Composers of All Time

see more on Igor Stravinsky
A. R. Rahman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Male Conductors
Photo:  Ben Gabbe/Getty Images

Allah-Rakha Rahman is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician and philanthropist. Described as the world's most prominent and prolific film composer by Time, Rahman's works are noted for integrating Eastern classical music with electronic music, world music and traditional orchestral arrangements. Among his awards are two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, four National Film Awards, fifteen Filmfare Awards and thirteen Filmfare Awards South. Rahman's body of work for film and stage has given him the nickname of "the Mozart of Madras", and Tamil commentators and fans call him Isai Puyal. In 2009, Time included Rahman on its list of the ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 52

Birthplace: Chennai, India

More A. R. Rahman

#1 of 89 on The Greatest Indian Music Directors of All Time #29 of 68 on The Best Modern Composers, Ranked #13 of 130 on The Best Soundtrack Composers #42 of 182 on The Best Film Score Composers

see more on A. R. Rahman