2 Camille Saint-Saëns(One of the Greatest Organists and Composers of the Romantic Era)
3 Pierre Boulez(Composer)
4 Hector Berlioz(Composer, Conductor)
Hector Berlioz was a French Romantic conductor and composer who was highly regarded in places like Russia, Britain, and Germany. Although he did not achieve fame as a composer, Berlioz became renowned internationally for his skills as a conductor. He also wrote musical journalism, which includes his influential work, Treatise on Instrumentation.
5 Maurice Jarre(Composer)
6 Alexandre Desplat(Film composer who earned Original Score Academy Award nominations for "Argo," "The King's Speech," "Fantastic Mr. Fox," and "Philomena.")
7 Nadia Boulanger(One of the Most Influential Teachers of Musical Composition of the 20th Century)
Born to a music instructor father, French composer and conductor Nadia Boulanger was no stranger to music as a kid. The first woman to conduct prime orchestras, she had the who’s who of the music industry, such as Elliott Carter, Roy Harris, and Quincy Jones, on her list of students.
8 Michel Legrand(One of the Most Successful Foreign-Born Composers Ever to Grace the American Best-Seller Lists)
Michel Legrand was a French musician, conductor, composer, arranger, and jazz pianist. A prolific composer, Legrand wrote more than 200 television and film scores, apart from several songs. Over the course of his illustrious career, which spanned more than seven decades, Michel Legrand won several prestigious awards including three Academy Awards, five Grammy Awards, and a Golden Globe Award.
9 Lorin Maazel(Conductor)
10 Paul Mauriat(Orchestra leader)
11 Alfred Cortot(French Pianist and Conductor Known for His Piano Trio with Violinist 'Jacques Thibaud' and Cellist 'Pablo Casals')
French pianist Alfred Cortot is remembered for his renditions of popular Romantic composers, such as Chopin and Schumann. The Paris Conservatory alumnus later established the Paris Orchestre Philharmonique and the École Normale de Musique. He also formed a trio with cellist Pablo Casals and violinist Jacques Thibaud.
12 Léo Ferré(Poet)
13 Reynaldo Hahn(Conductor, Composer)
Reynaldo Hahn was a Venezuelan-born French conductor, composer, singer, and music critic. A prolific composer, Hahn wrote a wide range of piano works and chamber music. His orchestral works include tone poems, concertos ballets, as well as incidental music for films and plays. Towards the end of his career, Reynaldo Hahn served as the director of the Paris Opéra.