Conductors

conductors are probably among those professionals who never get the due credit they deserve! While everyone who attends concerts raves about the brilliant performances of the musicians, only a few are even aware of the significant role a music conductor plays in directing the artistes’ performances. Conductors not only act as guides to the orchestras but also choose the work the musicians perform. Music conducting, in its modern form, began to evolve in the 19th century. Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi, an Italian opera composer, was an eminent conductor of his era. The renowned composers Hector Berlioz and Richard Wagner were also considered conductors of great calibre. Wagner played a major role in shaping the conductor's role in directing the orchestra. In the 20th century, Hungarian conductor Arthur Nikisch emerged as one of the most successful conductors of all time. While women conductors were unheard of once upon a time, the 21st century saw many talented ladies like Hortense von Gelmini (de), Marin Alsop and Simone Young break the gender barrier and build careers for themselves as conductors. Taiwanese-born Apo Hsu is another woman conductor of international fame. Check out this section to know more about some of the greatest conductors, the world has seen.

 1 Edward Heath

Edward Heath
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Famous As: Former British Prime Minister
Birthdate: July 9, 1916
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: July 17, 2005
Edward Heath served as the British prime minister from 1970 to 1974. He reformed the local governments and introduced many metropolitan counties. He supported the European Communities and attempted to curb trade unions, with a view to deregulate the economy. He was the Father of the House for 9 years.

 2 Frank Sinatra Jr.

Frank Sinatra Jr.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 10, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
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.

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 3 Craig Revel Horwood

Craig Revel Horwood
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Famous As: Reality TV Personalities
Birthdate: January 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Australian, British

 4 Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington
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Famous As: Composer, Pianist and Bandleader
Birthdate: April 29, 1899
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
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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 5 David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 31, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: March 3, 2018

 6 Burt Bacharach

Burt Bacharach
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Famous As: Pianist, Composer, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 12, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
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 7 Sergei Rachmaninoff

Sergei Rachmaninoff
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: April 1, 1873
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American, Russian
Died: March 28, 1943
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 8 George Martin

George Martin
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Famous As: Record Producer, Musician, Composer
Birthdate: January 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: March 8, 2016
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 9 Sergey Prokofiev

Sergey Prokofiev
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: April 23, 1891
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Russian
Died: March 5, 1953

 10 Felix Mendelssohn

Felix Mendelssohn
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: February 3, 1809
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German
Died: November 4, 1847

 11 Camille Saint-Saëns

Camille Saint-Saens
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Famous As: Composer, Organist, Pianist
Birthdate: October 9, 1835
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: French
Died: December 16, 1921

 12 Daniel Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim
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Famous As: Pianist, Conductor, Music director
Birthdate: November 15, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Argentinian, Spanish, Israeli
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 13 John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa
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Famous As: Conductor, Composer
Birthdate: November 6, 1854
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: March 6, 1932

 14 Brian Tyler

Brian Tyler
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: May 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 15 Leopold Stokowski

Leopold Stokowski
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: April 18, 1882
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: September 13, 1977

 16 Maurice Jarre

Maurice Jarre
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: September 13, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: French
Died: March 28, 2009
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 17 Michael Tilson Thomas

Michael Tilson Thomas
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: December 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 18 Zubin Mehta

Zubin Mehta
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Famous As: Conductor, Music director
Birthdate: April 29, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian
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 19 Herbert von Karajan

Herbert von Karajan
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Famous As: Conductor, Music director
Birthdate: April 5, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Austrian
Died: July 16, 1989

 20 Yehudi Menuhin

Yehudi Menuhin
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Famous As: Volinist
Birthdate: April 22, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Swiss, British, American
Died: March 12, 1999
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 21 Gustavo Dudamel

Gustavo Dudamel
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Famous As: Music Conductor
Birthdate: January 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Venezuelan

 22 Tommy Dorsey

Tommy Dorsey
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Famous As: Trombonist
Birthdate: November 19, 1905
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: November 26, 1956
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 23 Art Blakey

Art Blakey
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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: October 11, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: October 16, 1990

 24 Bill Conti

Bill Conti
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: April 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 25 Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell
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Famous As: Violinist
Birthdate: December 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 26 Lalo Schifrin

Lalo Schifrin
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: June 21, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Argentinian, American

 27 Mitch Miller

Mitch Miller
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 4, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: July 31, 2010

 28 Georg Solti

Georg Solti
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Famous As: Conductor, Pianist
Birthdate: October 21, 1912
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Hungarian, British
Died: September 5, 1997

 29 Alfred Newman

Alfred Newman
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Famous As: American composer
Birthdate: March 17, 1901
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: February 17, 1970

 30 Alexander Vedernikov

Alexander Vedernikov
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: January 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Russian
Died: October 30, 2020

 31 Arturo Toscanini

Arturo Toscanini
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Famous As: Conductor, Music director
Birthdate: March 25, 1867
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Italian
Died: January 16, 1957

 32 Nadia Boulanger

Nadia Boulanger
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 16, 1887
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: French
Died: October 22, 1979

 33 Rudy Vallee

Rudy Vallee
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 28, 1901
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: July 3, 1986

 34 Berthold Kaempfert

Berthold Kaempfert
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Famous As: Instrumentalist
Birthdate: October 16, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: German
Died: June 21, 1980

 35 Simon Rattle

Simon Rattle
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: January 19, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 36 Mstislav Rostropovich

Mstislav Rostropovich
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Famous As: Cellist, Conductor
Birthdate: March 27, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Azerbaijani, American, Russian
Died: April 27, 2007

 37 Isaac Stern

Isaac Stern
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Famous As: American violinist
Birthdate: July 21, 1920
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: September 22, 2001

 38 Claudio Abbado

Claudio Abbado
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Famous As: Conductor, Politician, Pianist, Music director
Birthdate: June 26, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Italian
Died: January 20, 2014

 39 Mantovani

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 15, 1905
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian, British
Died: March 29, 1980

 40 Otto Klemperer

Otto Klemperer
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: May 14, 1885
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German, Polish
Died: July 6, 1973

 41 Mykola Leontovych

Mykola Leontovych
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: December 13, 1877
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Ukrainian
Died: January 23, 1921

 42 Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: May 2, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Russian

 43 Wilhelm Furtwängler

Wilhelm Furtwängler
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: German

 44 Angela Morley

Angela Morley
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 10, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British, American
Died: January 14, 2009

 45 Mitsuko Uchida

Mitsuko Uchida
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Famous As: Classical pianist
Birthdate: December 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Japanese, British

 46 Antonia Brico

Antonia Brico
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 26, 1902
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Dutch, American
Died: August 3, 1989

 47 Marin Alsop

Marin Alsop
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: October 16, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 48 Eugène Ysaÿe

Eugène Ysaÿe
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Famous As: Violinist
Birthdate: July 16, 1858
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Belgian
Died: May 12, 1931

 49 Murray Perahia

Murray Perahia
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: April 19, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 50 Sergiu Celibidache

Sergiu Celibidache
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Famous As: conductor, composer, university teacher
Birthdate: June 28, 1912
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Romanian
Died: August 14, 1996
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