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List of famous conductors, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top conductors in the world? This includes the most prominent conductors, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable conductors is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic conductors 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 conductors.

List is made up of a variety of people, including Frank Zappa and Frank Sinatra.

From reputable, prominent, and well known conductors to the lesser known conductors of today, these are some of the best professionals in the conductor field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous conductors ever?" and "What are the names of famous conductors?" then you're in the right place. (1520 items)
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Francis Albert Sinatra (; December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer, actor and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. He is ...more

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Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Conductors
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Jackie Gleason is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Conductors
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Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Conductors
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Leonard Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Conductors
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Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (; Russian: И́горь Фёдорович Страви́нский, IPA: [ˈiɡərʲ ˈfʲɵdərəvʲɪtɕ strɐˈvʲinskʲɪj]; 17 June [O.S. 5 June] 1882 – 6 April 1971) was a Russian-born composer, ...more

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A. R. Rahman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Conductors
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Aaron Copland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Aaron Copland (; November 14, 1900 – December 2, 1990) was an American composer, composition teacher, writer, and later a conductor of his own and other American music. Copland was referred to ...more

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Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (Italian: [dʒuˈzɛppe ˈverdi]; 9 or 10 October 1813 – 27 January 1901) was an Italian opera composer. He was born near Busseto to a provincial family of ...more

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Benjamin Britten is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Conductors
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Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Conductors
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Ilaiyaraaja is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Conductors
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Gustav Mahler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Conductors
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John Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Conductors
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Ennio Morricone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Conductors
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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Conductors
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Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov (Russian: Николай Андреевич Римский-Корсаков, IPA: [nʲɪkəˈlaj ɐnˈdrʲejɪvʲɪtɕ ˈrʲimskʲɪj ˈkorsəkəf] (listen); 18 March [O.S. 6 March] 1844 – 21 June [O.S. 8 ...more
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Conductors
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K. Balachander is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Conductors
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David Ogden Stiers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Conductors
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Henry Mancini is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Conductors
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Hector Berlioz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Conductors
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Felix Mendelssohn-Bartho... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Conductors
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Luciano Berio is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Conductors
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Lennie Moore is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Conductors
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Arnold Schoenberg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Conductors
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