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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