List of Famous Impresarios

Updated June 8, 2017 15.2k views 105 items

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

Examples include Brian Epstein and Laurent Ruquier.

From reputable, prominent, and well known impresarios to the lesser known impresarios of today, these are some of the best professionals in the impresario field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous impresarios ever?" and "What are the names of famous impresarios?" then you're in the right place. (105 items)
Quincy Jones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Impresarios
Quincy Delight Jones Jr. (born March 14, 1933) is an American record producer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and film producer. His career spans over 60 years in the entertainment industry with ...more

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Lawrence Welk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Impresarios
Lawrence Welk (March 11, 1903 – May 17, 1992) was an American musician, accordionist, bandleader, and television impresario, who hosted the television program The Lawrence Welk Show from 1951 to ...more
Henry Cowell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Impresarios
Henry Dixon Cowell (; March 11, 1897 – December 10, 1965) was an American composer, music theorist, pianist, teacher, publisher, and impresario. His contribution to the world of music was summed ...more

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Brian Epstein is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Impresarios
Brian Epstein
Brian Samuel Epstein (; 19 September 1934 – 27 August 1967) was an English music entrepreneur who discovered and managed the Beatles. He was often referred to as a "fifth" member of ...more
Ned Sherrin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Impresarios
Edward George Sherrin (18 February 1931 – 1 October 2007) was an English broadcaster, author and stage director. He qualified as a barrister and then worked in independent television before ...more
Malcolm McLaren is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Impresarios
Malcolm Robert Andrew McLaren (22 January 1946 – 8 April 2010) was an English impresario, visual artist, performer, musician, clothes designer and boutique owner, notable for combining these ...more
Bill Graham is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Impresarios
Bill Graham (born Wulf Wolodia Grajonca; January 8, 1931 – October 25, 1991) was a German-American impresario and rock concert promoter from the 1960s until his death in 1991 in a helicopter ...more
Andrew Lloyd Webber is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Impresarios
Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber (born 22 March 1948) is an English composer and impresario of musical theatre. Several of his musicals have run for more than a decade both in the West ...more

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Jacques Offenbach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Impresarios
Jacques Offenbach (, also US: , French: [ʒak ɔfɛnbak], German: [ˈɔfn̩bax] (listen); 20 June 1819 – 5 October 1880) was a German-French composer, cellist and impresario of the romantic period. He ...more
Laurent Ruquier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Impresarios
Laurent Hugues Emmanuel Ruquier (French pronunciation: ​[loʁɑ̃ yɡ emanɥɛl ʁykje]; born 24 February 1963) is a French television presenter, radio host and comedian. He is also a lyricist, writer, ...more
Cameron Mackintosh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Impresarios
Sir Cameron Anthony Mackintosh (born 17 October 1946) is a British theatrical producer and theatre owner notable for his association with many commercially successful musicals. At the height of ...more
Sergei Diaghilev is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Impresarios
Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev (; Russian: Серге́й Па́влович Дя́гилев, IPA: [sʲɪˈrɡʲej ˈpavɫovʲɪtɕ ˈdʲæɡʲɪlʲɪf]; 31 March [O.S. 19 March] 1872 – 19 August 1929), usually referred to outside ...more
Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Impresarios
Florenz Edward Ziegfeld Jr. (March 21, 1867 – July 22, 1932), popularly known as Flo Ziegfeld, was an American Broadway impresario, notable for his series of theatrical revues, the Ziegfeld ...more
Michael Cohl is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Impresarios
Michael Cohl is a Canadian concert promoter, theatrical producer and touring impresario. He is the former Chairman of Live Nation. Cohl now runs S2BN Entertainment, with offices in New York and ...more
Lincoln Kirstein is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Impresarios
Lincoln Edward Kirstein (May 4, 1907 – January 5, 1996) was an American writer, impresario, art connoisseur, philanthropist, and cultural figure in New York City, noted especially as co-founder ...more
Johnny Otis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Impresarios
Johnny Otis (born Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes; December 28, 1921 – January 17, 2012) was an American singer, musician, composer, arranger, bandleader, talent scout, disc jockey, record producer, ...more
Max Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Impresarios
Max Reinhardt (September 9, 1873 – October 30, 1943) was an Austrian-born theatre and film director, intendant, and theatrical producer. With his innovative stage productions, he is regarded as ...more
Michael White is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Impresarios
Michael White is a film, television and theater producer.
Barry Norman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Impresarios
Barry Leslie Norman (21 August 1933 – 30 June 2017) was a British film critic, journalist and television presenter. He presented Film... on BBC One from 1972 to 1998 and was the programme's ...more
Kim Fowley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Impresarios
Kim Vincent Fowley (July 21, 1939 – January 15, 2015) was an American record producer, singer, songwriter and musician. He is best known for his role behind a string of novelty and cult pop rock ...more

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Giulio Gatti-Casazza is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Impresarios
Giulio Gatti-Casazza (3 February 1869 – 2 September 1940) was an Italian opera manager. He was general manager of La Scala in Milan, Italy from 1898 to 1908 and later the Metropolitan Opera in ...more
Tony Wilson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Impresarios
Anthony Howard Wilson (20 February 1950 – 10 August 2007) was a British record label owner, radio and television presenter, nightclub manager, impresario and journalist for Granada Television ...more
Thomas Beecham is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Impresarios
Sir Thomas Beecham, 2nd Baronet, CH (29 April 1879 – 8 March 1961) was an English conductor and impresario best known for his association with the London Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic ...more
Don Arden is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Impresarios
Don Arden (born Harry Levy; 4 January 1926 – 21 July 2007) was an English music manager, agent, and businessman. He managed the careers of rock acts such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Air ...more
Karl Klindworth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Impresarios
Karl Klindworth (25 September 1830 – 27 July 1916) was a German composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor, violinist and music publisher. He was one of Franz Liszt's pupils and later one of his ...more