Find out more about the greatest conductors, including Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi, Hector Berlioz, Richard Wagner, Arthur Nikisch and Marin Alsop.

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.

Sergei Rachmaninoff Sergei Rachmaninoff
American, Russian

Isaac Stern Isaac Stern
American

Leopold StokowskiLeopold Stokowski
British
David Ogden StiersDavid Ogden Stiers
American
Igor StravinskyIgor Stravinsky
Russian

Zubin MehtaZubin Mehta
Indian
Daniel BarenboimDaniel Barenboim
Argentinian, Spanish, Israeli
Herbert von KarajanHerbert von Karajan
Austrian

Lalo SchifrinLalo Schifrin
Argentinian, American
Joshua BellJoshua Bell
American
Georg SoltiGeorg Solti
Hungarian
Arturo ToscaniniArturo Toscanini
Italian

Mstislav RostropovichMstislav Rostropovich
Azerbaijani, American, Russian
Claudio AbbadoClaudio Abbado
Italian
Valery GergievValery Gergiev
Russian

Wilhelm FurtwänglerWilhelm Furtwängler
German
Otto KlempererOtto Klemperer
German, Polish
Sergiu CelibidacheSergiu Celibidache
Romanian
Otto NicolaiOtto Nicolai
German