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List of famous orchestrators, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top orchestrators in the world? This includes the most prominent orchestrators, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable orchestrators is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic orchestrators were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned orchestrators.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known orchestrators to the lesser known orchestrators of today, these are some of the best professionals in the orchestrator field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous orchestrators ever?" and "What are the names of famous orchestrators?" then you're in the right place. (104 items)

Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
William Martin "Billy" Joel is an American pianist, singer-songwriter, and composer. Since releasing his first hit song, "Piano Man", in 1973, Joel has become the sixth ...more

Ennio Morricone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Ennio Morricone, Grand Officer OMRI is an Italian composer, orchestrator, conductor and former trumpet player, who has written music for more than 500 motion pictures and television series, as ...more

Aaron Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Aaron Johnson is a musical director and theatrical orchestrator.

Ted Sperling is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Ted Sperling is a Musical Director, conductor, orchestrator, arranger, stage director and musician, primarily for the stage and concerts. He won the Tony Award for Best Orchestrations and the ...more

Paul Englishby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Paul Englishby is a Film and Theatre Composer, Orchestrator, Conductor and Pianist. He is versatile across many genres, from big orchestral works to 1930s jazz-influenced scores. Englishby has ...more

Don Davis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Donald Romain Davis is an American film score composer, conductor, and orchestrator. Best known for his work on The Matrix, he has worked on a variety of films, from horror to comedy.

Howard Shore is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Howard Leslie Shore is a Canadian composer who is notable for his film scores. He has composed the scores for over 80 films, most notably the scores for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film ...more

Jean Françaix is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Jean René Désiré Françaix was a French neoclassical composer, pianist, and orchestrator, known for his prolific output and vibrant style.

Paul Dukas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Paul Abraham Dukas was a French composer, critic, scholar and teacher. A studious man, of retiring personality, he was intensely self-critical, and he abandoned and destroyed many of his ...more

Dick Lieb is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Dick Lieb is an orchestrator.

Jack Nitzsche is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Bernard Alfred "Jack" Nitzsche was a musician, arranger, producer, songwriter, and film score composer. He first came to prominence in the late 1950s as the right-hand-man of producer ...more

Rick Wentworth is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Rick Wentworth Rick Wentworth is a BAFTA nominated film and TV composer, conductor, orchestrator and arranger.

Stephen James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Stephen James Taylor Stephen James Taylor is a film and television composer and an orchestrator.

Harold Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Harold Wheeler is an orchestrator, composer, conductor, arranger, record producer, and music director. He has received numerous Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nominations for orchestration, and ...more

Bruce Broughton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Bruce Broughton is an American film, video game, and television soundtrack composer who has composed several highly acclaimed soundtracks over his extensive career, including American music ...more

Ralph Burns is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Ralph Burns was an American songwriter, bandleader, composer, conductor, arranger and bebop pianist.

Martin Koch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Martin Koch Martin Koch is a British music supervisor, orchestrator, conductor, and composer who won the 2009 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Orchestrations and was a co-winner of the 2009 Tony Award for ...more

Dave Metzger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Dave Metzger David Metzger is an orchestrator and composer.

Alexandre Desplat is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Alexandre Michel Gérard Desplat is a French film composer. He has won one Academy Award for his soundtrack to the film The Grand Budapest Hotel, and received seven additional Academy ...more

Adam Guettel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Adam Guettel is an American composer-lyricist of musical theater and opera. He is best known for the musical The Light in the Piazza, for which he won two Tony Awards, for Best Score and Best ...more

Shirley Walker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Shirley Anne Walker was an American film and television composer and conductor. She was one of the few female film score composers working in Hollywood. Walker was one of the first female ...more

Andrew Skeet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Andrew John Skeet, is a British musician, composer and music producer. He has written scores for television and film and worked with many well-known composers and artists as an arranger, ...more

Luther Henderson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Luther Henderson was an African-American arranger, composer, orchestrator, and pianist noted for his contributions to Broadway musicals.

Jeremy Sams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Jeremy Sams is a British theatre director, writer, translator, orchestrator, musical director, film composer, and lyricist.

Bruce Fowler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Bruce Lambourne Fowler is a prominent American trombone player and composer. He played trombone on many Frank Zappa records, as well as with Captain Beefheart and in the Fowler Brothers Band. ...more

Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma is a film score composer and music director.

Mitch Leigh is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Mitch Leigh was an American musical theatre composer and theatrical producer best known for the musical Man of La Mancha.

Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar was a film score composer, orchestrator, music director and conductor.

Mark Watters is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Mark Watters is a six-time Emmy Award winning American composer of music for film and television. He currently lives in Chatsworth with his wife Vanessa.

Robert Russell Bennett is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Robert Russell Bennett was an American composer and arranger, best known for his orchestration of many well-known Broadway and Hollywood musicals by other composers such as Irving Berlin, George ...more

Conrad Salinger is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Conrad Salinger was an American arranger, orchestrator and composer, who studied classical composition at the Paris Conservatoire. He is credited with orchestrating nine productions on Broadway ...more

Lehman Engel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Lehman Engel was an American composer and conductor of Broadway musicals, television and film.

Elliot Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Elliot Lawrence is an American jazz pianist and bandleader. Son of the broadcaster Stan Lee Broza, Lawrence led his first dance band at age 20, but he played swing at the time its heyday was ...more

John Altman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
John Altman is a British film composer, music arranger, orchestrator and conductor.

Lee Holdridge is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Lee Elwood Holdridge is a Haitian-born, American composer and orchestrator.

Doug Besterman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Douglas "Doug" Besterman is an American orchestrator, musical arranger and music producer. He is the recipient of three Tony Awards out of six total nominations and two Drama Desk ...more

Albhy Galuten is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Albhy Galuten is an American technology executive and futurist, Grammy Award-winning record producer, composer, musician, orchestrator and conductor. He has numerous inventions and has produced ...more

Barbara Damashek is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Barbara Damashek is a theater director.

Stew is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Mark Stewart, known by his stage name Stew, is an American singer-songwriter and playwright from Los Angeles, California, United States. In the early 1990s, he formed a band called The Negro ...more

Ben Foster is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Ben Foster is a Bafta award-winning British composer, best known for his work on the BBC series Torchwood, and as orchestrator for Murray Gold on Doctor Who, and for Marc Streitenfeld on ...more

Albert Sendrey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Albert Sendrey was an orchestrator and film score composer.

Michel Magne is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Michel Magne was a French film and experimental music composer. He was nominated in 1962 for an Academy Award and Golden Globe award for adapting the Jackie Gleason score to film Gigot. He also ...more

Michael Gibson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Michael Gibson was a musician and orchestrator nominated twice for the American Theatre Wing's Tony Award for Best Orchestrations. He won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Orchestrations for ...more

Tom Kitt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Thomas Robert "Tom" Kitt is an American composer, conductor, orchestrator and musician. For his score for the musical Next to Normal, he shared the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama with ...more

Richard Hazard is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Richard Hazard was an American television composer, orchestrator, conductor and writer. He was born in Trenton, New Jersey, and died in Los Angeles, California, of cancer. He was married to ...more

Hershy Kay is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Hershy Kay was an American composer, arranger, and orchestrator. He is most noteworthy for the orchestrations of several Broadway shows, and for the ballets he arranged for George Balanchine's ...more

Harold Byrns is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Harold Byrns was a German-American conductor and orchestrator.

Stephen Oremus is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Stephen Oremus is an American musician who has worked on Broadway theatre productions as musical director and as orchestrator. His credits include arranger and orchestrator for the music for ...more

Jonathan Tunick is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Jonathan Tunick is an American orchestrator, musical director, and composer, one of twelve people to have won all four major American show business awards: the Tony Awards, Academy Awards, Emmy ...more

Larry Hochman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Larry Hochman is an American orchestrator and composer. He has won four Emmy Awards for his original music on the TV series The Wonder Pets, and a Tony Award for his orchestrations for The Book ...more