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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 Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and pianist. Commonly nicknamed the "Piano Man" after his first hit and signature song of the same ...more
Ennio Morricone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Ennio Morricone, OMRI (Italian: [ˈɛnnjo morriˈkoːne]; born 10 November 1928) is an Italian composer, orchestrator, conductor, and former trumpet player, writing in a wide range of musical ...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 (born February 4, 1957) is an American composer, conductor, and orchestrator. Best known for his work on The Matrix franchise, he has worked on numerous television and film ...more
Howard Shore is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Howard Leslie Shore (born October 18, 1946) 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 ...more
Jean Françaix is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Jean René Désiré Françaix (French: [fʁɑ̃sɛ]; 23 May 1912 in Le Mans – 25 September 1997 in Paris) was a French neoclassical composer, pianist, and orchestrator, known ...more
Paul Dukas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Paul Abraham Dukas (French: [dykas]; 1 October 1865 – 17 May 1935) was a French composer, critic, scholar and teacher. A studious man, of retiring personality, he was intensely self-critical, ...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 Nitzsche (22 April 1937 – 25 August 2000), known professionally as Jack Nitzsche, was an American musician, arranger, songwriter, composer and record producer. He first came to ...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 (born March 18, 1967) is an American composer best known for his film and TV scores with four Emmy nominations, two Annie nominations, and a DVD-X Award on "Best ...more
Harold Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
William Harold Wheeler Jr. (born July 14, 1943), better known as Harold Wheeler, is an American orchestrator, composer, conductor, arranger, record producer, and music director. He has received ...more
Bruce Broughton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Bruce Broughton (born March 8, 1945) is an American orchestral composer of television, film, and video game scores and concert works. He has composed several highly acclaimed soundtracks over ...more
Ralph Burns is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Ralph Jose P. Burns (June 29, 1922 – November 21, 2001) was an American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger.
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 (French: [a.lɛk.sɑ̃dʁ dɛ.pla]; born 23 August 1961) is a French film composer, of Greek descent. He has won two Academy Awards, for his musical scores to ...more
Adam Guettel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Adam Guettel (; born December 16, 1964) is an American composer-lyricist of musical theater and opera. The grandson of musical theatre composer Richard Rodgers, he is best known for the musical ...more
Shirley Walker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Shirley Anne Walker (née Rogers, April 10, 1945 – November 30, 2006) was an American film and television composer and conductor. She was one of the few female film score composers working ...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 (March 14, 1919 – July 29, 2003) was an American arranger, composer, orchestrator, and pianist best known for his contributions to Broadway musicals.
Jeremy Sams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Orchestrators
Jeremy Sams (born 12 January 1957, in London, England) 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 (born July 10, 1947) is an American trombonist and composer. He played trombone on many Frank Zappa records, as well as with Captain Beefheart and in the Fowler Brothers ...more