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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?"
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Conductors
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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, Sinatra found success as a solo artist from the early to mid-1940s after being signed by Columbia Records in 1943. Being the idol of the "bobby soxers", he released his first album, The Voice of Frank Sinatra, in 1946. His professional career had stalled by the early 1950s, but it was reborn in 1953 after he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in From Here to Eternity. He signed with Capitol Records in 1953 and released several critically lauded albums. Sinatra left Capitol to ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 83 (1915-1998)

Birthplace: Hoboken, New Jersey, United States of America

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Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Conductors
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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 rock, jazz, orchestral and musique concrète works. He also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. Zappa produced almost all of the more than 60 albums he released with the band the Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist. While in his teens, he acquired a taste for 20th-century classical composers such as Edgard Varèse, Igor Stravinsky, and Anton Webern, along with 1950s rhythm and blues music. He began writing classical music in high school, while at the same time ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 53 (1940-1993)

Birthplace: Area code 443, Baltimore, Area code 667, United States of America, United States, + more

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Jackie Gleason is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Conductors
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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 Honeymooners. Among his notable film roles were Minnesota Fats in the 1961 drama The Hustler and Buford T. Justice in the Smokey and the Bandit series. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 71 (1916-1987)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York, Bushwick

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Quincy Jones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Conductors
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Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. is an American record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, musician, television producer, film producer, instrumentalist, magazine founder, entertainment company executive, and humanitarian. His career spans six decades in the entertainment industry and a record 79 Grammy Award nominations, 27 Grammys, including a Grammy Legend Award in 1991. He is a descendant of the Tikar people in Cameroon. Jones and fellow artist Alison Krauss have won the second most Grammys in history. In 1968, Jones and his songwriting partner Bob Russell became the first African Americans to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, their "The Eyes of Love" for the ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 85

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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