Famous French Conductors

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 1 Pierre Boulez

Pierre Boulez
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 26, 1925
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montbrison, France
Died: January 5, 2016

 2 Maurice Ravel

Maurice Ravel
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Famous As: Composer, Pianist
Birthdate: March 7, 1875
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ciboure, France
Died: December 28, 1937
French impressionist composer Maurice Ravel is best known for his orchestral composition Boléro. He rejected the Legion d'honneur and all French awards. He was one the first composers to realize the importance of recording music to gain a wider reach. Most of his music consisted of piano and orchestration.

 3 Camille Saint-Saëns

Camille Saint-Saëns
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Famous As: Composer, Organist, Pianist
Birthdate: October 9, 1835
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 16, 1921
French composer and multi-instrumentalist Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns was an icon of the Romantic era, known for masterpieces such as the First Cello Concerto and the opera Samson and Delilah. He was initially a church organist and then became a freelance composer and pianist. He also taught music in Paris.
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 4 Hector Berlioz

Hector Berlioz
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Famous As: Composer, Conductor
Birthdate: December 11, 1803
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: La Côte-Saint-André, France
Died: March 8, 1869

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

Maurice Jarre
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: September 13, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: 5th arrondissement of Lyon, Lyon, France
Died: March 28, 2009

 6 Michel Legrand

Michel Legrand
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: February 24, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 26, 2019

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.

 7 Nadia Boulanger

Nadia Boulanger
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Famous As: Music Teacher
Birthdate: September 16, 1887
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 22, 1979

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.

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 8 Lorin Maazel

Lorin Maazel
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: March 6, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Died: July 13, 2014

 9 Paul Mauriat

Paul Mauriat
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Famous As: Orchestra leader
Birthdate: March 4, 1925
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Marseille, France
Died: November 3, 2006

 10 Alfred Cortot

Alfred Cortot
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: September 26, 1877
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nyon, Switzerland
Died: June 15, 1962

 11 Léo Ferré

Léo Ferré
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 24, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Monte Carlo, Monaco
Died: July 14, 1993

 12 Nathalie Stutzmann

Nathalie Stutzmann
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Famous As: Contralto
Birthdate: May 6, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Suresnes, France

 13 Michel Colombier

Michel Colombier
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: May 23, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: November 14, 2004

 14 Emil Waldteufel

Emil Waldteufel
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: December 9, 1837
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Died: February 12, 1915

 15 Rodolphe Kreutzer

Rodolphe Kreutzer
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Famous As: Violinist
Birthdate: November 16, 1766
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Versailles, France
Died: January 6, 1831
A pioneer of the French school of violin playing and a co-author of Méthode du violon, Rodolphe Kreutzer was also a fine music teacher at the Paris Conservatory. La mort d'Abel remains one of his best-known operas. He had also been a chamber musician of both Napoleon and Louis XVIII.

 16 Franck Pourcel

Franck Pourcel
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: August 14, 1913
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Marseille, France
Died: November 12, 2000

 17 André Messager

André Messager
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: December 30, 1853
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Montluçon, France
Died: February 24, 1929

 18 Alexandre Tansman

Alexandre Tansman
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: June 12, 1897
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Łódź, Poland
Died: November 15, 1986

 19 William Christie

William Christie
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: December 19, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States

 20 Charles Munch

Charles Munch
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: September 26, 1891
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Died: November 6, 1968

 21 François de Roubaix

François de Roubaix
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: April 3, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Died: November 22, 1975

 22 André Campra

André Campra
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: December 4, 1660
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Aix-en-Provence, France
Died: June 29, 1744

 23 Michel Plasson

Michel Plasson
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: October 2, 1933
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France

 24 Manuel Rosenthal

Manuel Rosenthal
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: June 18, 1904
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: June 5, 2003

 25 François Habeneck

François Habeneck
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Famous As: Violinist
Birthdate: January 22, 1781
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Charleville-Mézières, France
Died: February 8, 1849

 26 Paul Méfano

Paul Méfano
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Basrah, Iraq
Died: September 15, 2020