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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.

Infogrames Entertainment SA 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

Itzhak Perlman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Itzhak Perlman is an Israeli-American violinist, conductor, and pedagogue.

Edward Elgar is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Sir Edward William Elgar, 1st Baronet, OM, GCVO was an English composer, many of whose works have entered the British and international classical concert repertoire. Among his best-known ...more

Marvin Hamlisch is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Marvin Frederick Hamlisch was an American composer and conductor. He is one of only twelve people to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. He is one of ten people to win three or more Oscars in ...more

Ferruccio Busoni is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Ferruccio Dante Michelangelo Benvenuto Busoni was an Italian composer, pianist, conductor, editor, writer, and piano teacher.

Burt Bacharach is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Burt Freeman Bacharach is an American singer, songwriter, composer, record producer and pianist. A six-time Grammy Award winner and three-time Academy Award winner, he is known for his popular ...more

John Philip Sousa is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Conductors
John Philip Sousa was an American composer and conductor of the late Romantic era, known primarily for American military and patriotic marches. Because of his mastery of march composition, he is ...more

André Previn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Conductors
André George Previn, KBE is a German-American pianist, conductor, and composer. He is considered one of the most versatile musicians in the world and is the winner of four Academy Awards ...more

Bedřich Smetana is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Bedřich Smetana was a Czech composer who pioneered the development of a musical style which became closely identified with his country's aspirations to independent statehood. He is thus widely ...more

Elmer Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Elmer Bernstein was an American composer and conductor best known for his many film scores. In a career which spanned fifty years, he composed music for hundreds of film and television ...more

Max Steiner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Maximilian Raoul "Max" Steiner was an Austrian-born American composer of music for theatre and films. He was a child prodigy who conducted his first operetta when he was twelve and ...more

Mark Morris is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Mark William Morris is an American dancer, choreographer and director whose work is acclaimed for its craftsmanship, ingenuity, humor, and at times eclectic musical accompaniments. Morris is ...more

Camille Saint-Saëns is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns was a French composer, organist, conductor and pianist of the Romantic era. His best-known works include Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, the Second Piano ...more

George Martin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Sir George Henry Martin CBE is an English record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician. He is sometimes referred to as "the Fifth Beatle" in reference to ...more

Craig Revel Horwood is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Craig Revel Horwood is an Australian-British dancer, choreographer and theatre director in the United Kingdom. He is a patron of the National Osteoporosis Society. Revel Horwood has substantial ...more

Gabriel Fauré is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Gabriel Urbain Fauré was a French composer, organist, pianist and teacher. He was one of the foremost French composers of his generation, and his musical style influenced many ...more

Michael Tilson Thomas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Michael Tilson Thomas is an American conductor, pianist and composer. He is currently music director of the San Francisco Symphony, and artistic director of the New World Symphony Orchestra.

John Barry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Conductors
John Barry Prendergast, OBE was an English composer and conductor of film music. He composed the soundtracks for 11 of the James Bond films between 1963 and 1987, and also arranged and performed ...more

Dimitris Mitropoulos is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Dimitri Mitropoulos, was a Greek conductor, pianist, and composer. He received international fame both as a major conductor and composer of the 20th century.

James Horner is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Conductors
James Roy Horner is an American composer, conductor, and orchestrator of film music. He is noted for the integration of choral and electronic elements in many of his film scores, and for ...more

Billy Goldenberg is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Conductors
William Leon "Billy" Goldenberg is an American composer most known for his work on television and film. Among his most noteworthy were his collaborations with Steven Spielberg on his ...more

Aram Khachaturian is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Emin Khachaturian is a film score composer.

Jerry Gray is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Jerry Gray was an American violinist, arranger, composer, and leader of swing dance orchestras bearing his name. He is widely known for his work with popular music during the Swing era. His name ...more

Maxim Vengerov is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Maxim Alexandrovich Vengerov is a violinist, violist, and conductor who was born in the Soviet Union.

Leon Carr is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Leon Carr was a prolific American songwriter, composer, arranger, pianist and conductor, best known for his marketing jingles used in advertisements for Mounds candy and Chevrolet, and the ...more

Malcolm Arnold is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Conductors
Sir Malcolm Henry Arnold, CBE was an English composer. He gained a reputation for composing light music, film scores, works for theatre, ballets and symphonies.