List of Famous Conductors

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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 "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, ...more
Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Conductors
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 ...more
Jackie Gleason is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Conductors
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 ...more
Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr. is an American singer, musician and actor. He has sold over 28 million albums worldwide. Connick is ranked among the top 60 best-selling male artists in the ...more
Leonard Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Leonard Bernstein was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the United States of America to receive ...more
Igor Stravinsky is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky was a Russian composer, pianist and conductor. He is widely considered to be one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century. Stravinsky's ...more
A. R. Rahman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Allah-Rakha Rahman is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician and philanthropist. Described as the world's most prominent and prolific film composer by Time, Rahman's ...more
Aaron Copland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Aaron Copland was an American composer, composition teacher, writer, and later in his career a conductor of his own and other American music. Instrumental in forging a distinctly American style ...more
Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi was an Italian Romantic composer primarily known for his operas. He is considered, with Richard Wagner, the preëminent opera composer of the 19th century. ...more
Benjamin Britten is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten, OM CH was an English composer, conductor and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, with a range of works including ...more
Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich was a Russian composer and pianist, and a prominent figure of 20th-century music. Shostakovich achieved fame in the Soviet Union under the patronage of Soviet ...more
Ilaiyaraaja is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Ilayaraja is a film music contributor.
Gustav Mahler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Gustav Mahler was an Austrian late-Romantic composer, and one of the leading conductors of his generation. As a composer he acted as a bridge between the 19th century Austro-German tradition and ...more
John Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Conductors
John Towner Williams is an American composer, conductor, and pianist. In a career spanning over six decades, Williams has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in ...more
Ennio Morricone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Conductors
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
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov was a Russian composer, and a member of the group of composers known as The Five. He was a master of orchestration. His best-known orchestral ...more
Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Glenn Herbert Gould was a Canadian pianist who became one of the best-known and most celebrated classical pianists of the 20th century. He was particularly renowned as an interpreter of the ...more
K. Balachander is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Kailasam Balachander was an Indian director, producer, writer, actor, playwright, stage conductor, and comedian who worked mainly in the Tamil film industry. He was well known for his distinct ...more
David Ogden Stiers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Conductors
David Ogden Stiers is a voice actor.
Henry Mancini is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Enrico Nicola "Henry" Mancini was an American composer, conductor and arranger, who is best remembered for his film and television scores. Often cited as one of the greatest composers ...more
Hector Berlioz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Hector Berlioz was a French Romantic composer, best known for his compositions Symphonie fantastique and Grande messe des morts. Berlioz made significant contributions to the modern orchestra ...more
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, born and widely known as Felix Mendelssohn, was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. A grandson of the ...more
Luciano Berio is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Luciano Berio, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI was an Italian composer. He is noted for his experimental work and also for his pioneering work in electronic music.
Lennie Moore is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Lennie Moore is an American composer, conductor, orchestrator of music for video games, film, TV, and Multi-media.
Arnold Schoenberg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Arnold Schoenberg or Schönberg was an Austrian composer and painter, associated with the expressionist movement in German poetry and art, and leader of the Second Viennese School. With the ...more