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

The list you're viewing contains popular musical directors and conductors like Leonard Bernstein, A. R. Rahman, and Gustav Mahler.

From reputable, prominent, and well known music directors to the lesser known music directors of today, these are some of the best professionals in the music director field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous music directors ever?" and "What are the names of famous music directors?" then you're in the right place. 

Leonard Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Music Directors
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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 worldwide acclaim. According to music critic Donal Henahan, he was "one of the most prodigiously talented and ...more

Age: Died at 72 (1918-1990)

Birthplace: Lawrence, Massachusetts, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Pianist, Screenwriter, Author, + more

Credits: Moonrise Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook, Precious, Anger Management

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A. R. Rahman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Music Directors
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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 works are noted for integrating Eastern classical music with electronic music, world music and traditional ...more

Age: 50

Birthplace: Chennai, India

Nationality: India

Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Music Producer, + more

Credits: Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

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#1 on The Greatest Indian Music Directors of All Time

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Wynton Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Music Directors
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Wynton Marsalis is a nominee of 2013 News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Feature Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast. ...more

Age: 55

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Music Educator, Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Musician, Bandleader, + more

Credits: Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy?, Unforgivable Blackness, Tune in Tomorrow, The N-Word, On the Shoulders of Giants, + more

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Ilaiyaraaja is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Music Directors
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Ilayaraja is a film music contributor. ...more

Age: 72

Birthplace: Pannaipuram, Theni, India

Nationality: India

Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Musician, Film Producer, + more

Credits: Neethaane En Ponvasantham, Kaalapani, Hey Ram, Dhoni, Thalapathi, + more

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#2 on The Greatest Indian Music Directors of All Time

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