Famous Russian Conductors

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
(Composer of the Romantic period)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Birthdate: May 7, 1840
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Votkinsk, Russia
Died: November 6, 1893

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was the first Russian composer to place Russian music on the international stage. Often described as a musician who transcended the stereotypes of classical Russian music, Tchaikovsky is credited with making the Western world take note of Russian music. Although he was criticized by the critics, his popularity among the public never faded.

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Sergei Rachmaninoff
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Birthdate: April 1, 1873
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oneg, Russia
Died: March 28, 1943

Sergei Rachmaninoff was a Russian composer, conductor, and virtuoso pianist of the late Romantic period. Credited with exploring the expressive possibilities of the piano, Rachmaninoff's music continues to be featured in films. His four-year struggle with depression, which was followed by the critical failure of his Symphony No. 1, was depicted in the 2015 musical Preludes.

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Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
(Composer, Pianist & Conductor)

Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
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Birthdate: June 17, 1882
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lomonosov, Saint Petersburg, 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.

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Valery Gergiev
(Conductor)

Valery Gergiev
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Birthdate: May 2, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

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Mstislav Rostropovich
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Birthdate: March 27, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
Died: April 27, 2007

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Anton Rubinstein
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Birthdate: November 28, 1829
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ofatinti, Moldova
Died: November 20, 1894

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Alexander Glazunov
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Birthdate: August 10, 1865
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: March 21, 1936
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Mily Balakirev
(Composer, pianist, and conductor known today primarily for his work promoting musical nationalism)

Mily Balakirev
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Birthdate: December 31, 1836
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Died: May 29, 1910

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Yevgeny Mravinsky
(Conductor, Music pedagogue)

Yevgeny Mravinsky
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Birthdate: June 4, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: January 19, 1988

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Maxim Vengerov
(Violinist, Conductor)

Maxim Vengerov
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Birthdate: August 20, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Novosibirsk, Russia

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Kirill Petrenko
(Conductor)

Kirill Petrenko
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Birthdate: May 11, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Omsk, Russia

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Mikhail Pletnev
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Birthdate: April 14, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Arkhangelsk, Russia

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Nikolai Rubinstein
(Former pianist, conductor, and composer)

Nikolai Rubinstein
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Birthdate: July 2, 1835
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: March 23, 1881

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Serge Koussevitzky
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Birthdate: July 26, 1874
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vyshny Volochyok, Russia
Died: June 4, 1951

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Vasily Petrenko
(Conductor)

Vasily Petrenko
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Birthdate: July 7, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

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Valery Khalilov
(Conductor)

Valery Khalilov
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Birthdate: January 30, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Termez, Uzbekistan
Died: December 25, 2016

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Leonid Kharitonov
(Opera singer)

Leonid Kharitonov
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Birthdate: September 18, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Irkutsk, Russia
Died: September 19, 2017

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Hans Pfitzner
(Composer)

Hans Pfitzner
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Birthdate: May 5, 1869
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: May 21, 1949

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Vladimir Jurowski
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Birthdate: April 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

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Gennady Rozhdestvensky
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Birthdate: May 4, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: June 16, 2018

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Igor Markevitch
(Composer)

Igor Markevitch
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Birthdate: July 27, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: March 7, 1983

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Ossip Gabrilowitsch
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Birthdate: February 7, 1878
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: September 14, 1936

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Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov
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Birthdate: November 19, 1859
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gatchina, Russia
Died: January 28, 1935

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Yevgeny Svetlanov
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Birthdate: September 6, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: May 3, 2002

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Alexander Vedernikov
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Birthdate: January 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: October 30, 2020

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Nikolai Tcherepnin
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Birthdate: May 15, 1873
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Russia
Died: June 26, 1945

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Ilya Aleksandrovich Musin
(Conductor and educator)

Ilya Aleksandrovich Musin
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Birthdate: January 6, 1904
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kostroma, Russia
Died: June 6, 1999

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Dima Slobodeniouk
(Music director of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia since 2013)

Dima Slobodeniouk
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Birthdate: 1975 AD
Birthplace: Russia

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Vladimir Vlasov
(Composer, Conductor)

Vladimir Vlasov
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Birthdate: January 7, 1903
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: September 7, 1986