Famous American Conductors

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 1 John Williams

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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: February 8, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Floral Park

John Williams is an American composer, pianist, trombonist, and conductor. Widely considered the greatest film composer ever, John Williams has played a significant role in the American film industry by composing music for films, such as the Jurassic Park films, Star Wars saga, the Indiana Jones films, and Schindler's List. He has also influenced several other composers like Marcus Paus.

 2 Duke Ellington

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Famous As: Composer, Pianist and Bandleader
Birthdate: April 29, 1899
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
Died: May 24, 1974
Jazz legend Duke Ellington managed his orchestra till his death, and over a 6-decade-long career. He is known for his collaborations with legends such as pianist and composer Billy Strayhorn. He termed his music “American music” and refused to attach any category to it. He received a posthumous Pulitzer Prize.
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 3 Harry Connick Jr.

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Famous As: American singer
Birthdate: September 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Grammy-winning singer-actor Harry Connick Jr. was born to a lawyer mother and an attorney father, who also owned a record store. He mastered the piano as a child and formed his first jazz band at 10. He later soared to fame with the multi-platinum soundtrack of When Harry Met Sally...

 4 David Ogden Stiers

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 31, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, USA
Died: March 3, 2018

 5 Frank Sinatra Jr.

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 10, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey
Died: March 16, 2016

The son of popular actor and singer Frank Sinatra, Frank Sinatra Jr. followed in the footsteps of his father to become a singer-songwriter and conductor. He was kidnapped at age 19 and released two days later. The kidnapping was rumored to be a publicity stunt to promote his singing career, which he established around the same time.

 6 Leonard Bernstein

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Famous As: Conductor, Composer
Birthdate: August 25, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lawrence, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 14, 1990

Leonard Bernstein was an American composer, music educator, conductor, pianist, author, and humanitarian. One of the most important cultural personalities of 20th century America, Bernstein influenced many generations of musicians. He is also credited with mentoring famous conductors like John Mauceri, Herbert Blomstedt, Alexander Frey, Marin Alsop, and Edo de Waart among many others.

 7 Burt Bacharach

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Famous As: Pianist, Composer, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 12, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kansas City
Legendary musician and songwriter Burt Bacharach teamed up with lyricist Hal David and created many popular songs from the 1950s to the 1980s, including countless Billboard charters. He has won six Grammys and three Academy Awards for his tracks, and most of his songs were sung by Dionne Warwick. 
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 8 Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky

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Famous As: Composer, Pianist & Conductor
Birthdate: June 17, 1882
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lomonosov, Russia
Died: April 6, 1971

Four-time Grammy-winning Russian composer and pianist Igor Stravinsky is regarded as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. He is remembered for his ballets The Firebird, Petrushka, and The Rite of Spring. He broke the traditional flow of music and incorporated his own style.

 9 John Philip Sousa

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Famous As: Conductor, Composer
Birthdate: November 6, 1854
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
Died: March 6, 1932

 10 Joshua Bell

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Famous As: Violinist
Birthdate: December 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bloomington, Indiana, USA

 11 Tommy Dorsey

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Famous As: Trombonist
Birthdate: November 19, 1905
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: November 26, 1956

 12 Art Blakey

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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: October 11, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: October 16, 1990

 13 Brian Tyler

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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: May 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Orange County, California, United States

 14 John Adams

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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: February 15, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

 15 Bill Conti

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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: April 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States

 16 Alfred Newman

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Famous As: American composer
Birthdate: March 17, 1901
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Haven
Died: February 17, 1970

 17 Rudy Vallee

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 28, 1901
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Island Pond, Vermont, United States
Died: July 3, 1986
Rudy Vallée was an American musician, singer, radio host, and actor. Having gained popularity at a young age, Vallée was widely regarded as one of the first pop stars to achieve the status of a teen idol. His contribution to radio was honored in 2011 when he was made an inductee of the Vermont Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

 18 Mitch Miller

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 4, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: July 31, 2010

 19 Isaac Stern

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Famous As: American violinist
Birthdate: July 21, 1920
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Krzemieniec, Ukraine
Died: September 22, 2001

 20 Michael Tilson Thomas

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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: December 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

 21 Marin Alsop

Marin Alsop
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: October 16, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

 22 Murray Perahia

Murray Perahia
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: April 19, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.

 23 James Reese Europe

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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: February 22, 1880
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States
Died: May 9, 1919

 24 Arthur Fiedler

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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: December 17, 1894
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts
Died: July 10, 1979

 25 Nicolas Slonimsky

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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: April 27, 1894
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: December 25, 1995

 26 Leon Fleisher

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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: July 23, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: August 2, 2020

 27 Skitch Henderson

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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: January 27, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Halstad, Minnesota, United States
Died: November 1, 2005

 28 Alan Gilbert

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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: February 23, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York

 29 Robert Shaw

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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: April 30, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Red Bluff, California, United States
Died: January 25, 1999

 30 Gunther Schuller

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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: November 22, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: June 21, 2015

 31 Howard Hanson

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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: October 28, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wahoo, Nebraska, United States
Died: February 26, 1981

 32 Morton Gould

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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: December 10, 1913
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Richmond Hill, New York, United States
Died: February 21, 1996

 33 Pierre Monteux

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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: April 4, 1875
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 1, 1964

 34 David Baker

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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: December 21, 1931
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died: March 26, 2016

 35 Sir Charles Mackerras

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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: November 17, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, United States
Died: July 14, 2010

 36 Samuel Adler

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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 4, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mannheim, Germany

 37 Erich Kunzel

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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: March 21, 1935
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: September 1, 2009

 38 Rosalyn Tureck

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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: December 14, 1913
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: July 17, 2003

 39 Sarah Caldwell

Sarah Caldwell
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Famous As: Opera conductor and producer
Birthdate: March 6, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Maryville, Missouri, United States
Died: March 23, 2006

 40 Henry Lewis

Henry Lewis
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: October 16, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: January 26, 1996

 41 Otto Luening

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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: June 15, 1900
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Died: September 2, 1996

 42 Mark Morris

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: August 29, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States

 43 Oscar Shumsky

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Famous As: Violinist
Birthdate: March 23, 1917
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 24, 2000

 44 Henry Kimball Hadley

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Famous As: American composer
Birthdate: December 20, 1871
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Somerville, Massachusetts, US
Died: September 6, 1937

 45 Margaret Hillis

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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: October 1, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kokomo, Indiana, United States
Died: February 4, 1998

 46 Igor Kipnis

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Famous As: Harpsichordist
Birthdate: September 27, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: January 23, 2002

 47 Christopher Keene

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Birthdate: December 21, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States
Died: October 8, 1995

 48 John Crosby

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 12, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bronxville, New York, United States
Died: December 15, 2002

 49 Ralph Shapey

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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 12, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 13, 2002

 50 Julius Rudel

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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: March 6, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: June 26, 2014