The great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)

 

Cliburn or Kremer? Prêtre or Levine? It is difficult for inquiring minds to tackle such abundant fields as classical music and opera, covering 10 centuries of history: there are really many conductors. Making a selection of musicians, such as a “top 10” for example, is a difficult and subjective exercise. A musical selection is often the expression of personal preferences or artistic opinions, very interesting but also very different according to critics or musicologists, or simply influenced by the context: will an English conductor not be instinctively privileged by an English critic?

For example: in Mexico, Alondra de la Parra, Mexican conductor, occupies a special place in front of the Belgian conductor Philippe Herreweghe, who is more distant but nevertheless more internationally renowned.

Timeline of conductors, between 1950 and 2000+

Whoever wants to discover classical music or opera does not always have an experienced music lover, an expert or an educator at his or her side to support and guide him or her in these fields. So : Cliburn (American pianist) or Kremer (Latvian violinist and conductor) ? Jansons (Latvian conductor) or Järvi (Estonian conductor) ? However, the knowledge available about musicians is enormous. It was processed to select the 10, 25, 50... most popular conductors around the world, for those living or having lived between 1950 and 2000+. And this objectively, and for the first time (soClassiQ exclusivity).

Conductors rendered as a timeline to bring a little perspective:

ComposersConductorsReduce to conductors onlyLyrical singersPerformers WorldwideEuropeNorth AmericaSouth AmericaAsiaOceaniaAfrica 2020

This timeline is interactive to navigate through the ages or across continents (with ).

Top 10 conductors for the years 1950-2000+

Who are these greatest conductors, the most famous over the 1950-2000+ era? The carreer of these musician has marked the history of classical music. There are those you probably know, or at least by name and the others.

Here are these 10 conductors, renowned artists from around the world:


The musicians and artists who also composed were removed from this ranking.

The selections of musicians (conductors) proposed by soClassiQ are based exclusively on algorithms. The same applies to the composers, their works, the performers, the lyrical singers, les orchestras, and the venues : opera houses, concert halls or festivals.

What about the others? 25, 50 or more?

Summarizing to 10 musician names such a wide and diverse field may seem extreme or too simplistic for those who know classical music and lyrical art well, for those who can easily name 50 or more conductors. Perlman, Ozawa, Böhm, Menuhin, Cortot, Beecham, Rattle...

At this time, soClassiQ has listed more than 4400 conductors. So here is a selection of some conductors for the years 1950-2000+, widely recognized around the world:

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Luis <strong>Bacalov</strong> Luis BacalovThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1933-2017 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Paul <strong>Badura-Skoda</strong> Paul Badura-SkodaThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1927-2019 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

John <strong>Barbirolli</strong> John BarbirolliThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1899-1970 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

Daniel <strong>Barenboim</strong> Daniel BarenboimThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
age 77 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

Rudolf <strong>Barshai</strong> Rudolf BarshaiThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1924-2010 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Yury <strong>Bashmet</strong> Yury BashmetThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
age 67 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

Thomas <strong>Beecham</strong> Thomas BeechamThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1879-1961 (20th century)
Conductor

Eduard van BeinumThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1900-1959 (20th century)
Conductor

Jiří <strong>Bělohlávek</strong> Jiří BělohlávekThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1946-2017 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

Luciano <strong>Berio</strong> Luciano BerioThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1925-2003 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Leonard <strong>Bernstein</strong> Leonard BernsteinThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1918-1990 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Herbert <strong>Blomstedt</strong> Herbert BlomstedtThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
age 93 (20th century)
Conductor

Karl <strong>Böhm</strong> Karl BöhmThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1894-1981 (20th century)
Conductor

Victor <strong>Borge</strong> Victor BorgeThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1909-2000 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Nadia <strong>Boulanger</strong> Nadia BoulangerThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1887-1979 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Pierre <strong>Boulez</strong> Pierre BoulezThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1925-2016 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

MasterpiecesComplete works

Benjamin <strong>Britten</strong> Benjamin BrittenThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1913-1976 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

MasterpiecesComplete works

Leo <strong>Brouwer</strong> Leo BrouwerThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1939-2003 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Fritz <strong>Busch</strong> Fritz BuschThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1890-1951 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor


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George <strong>Enescu</strong> George EnescuThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1881-1955 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor


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Jacques <strong>Ibert</strong> Jacques IbertThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1890-1962 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor


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Dmitri <strong>Kabalevsky</strong> Dmitri KabalevskyThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1904-1986 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Emmerich <strong>Kálmán</strong> Emmerich KálmánThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1882-1953 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Herbert von <strong>Karajan</strong> Herbert von KarajanThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1908-1989 (20th century)
Conductor

Leonidas <strong>Kavakos</strong> Leonidas KavakosThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
age 52 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Rudolf <strong>Kempe</strong> Rudolf KempeThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1910-1976 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

István <strong>Kertész</strong> István KertészThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1929-1973 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Albert <strong>Ketèlbey</strong> Albert KetèlbeyThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1875-1959 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Aram <strong>Khachaturian</strong> Aram KhachaturianThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1903-1978 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Erich <strong>Kleiber</strong> Erich KleiberThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1890-1956 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Carlos <strong>Kleiber</strong> Carlos KleiberThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1930-2004 (20th century)
Conductor

Otto <strong>Klemperer</strong> Otto KlempererThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1885-1973 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Hans <strong>Knappertsbusch</strong> Hans KnappertsbuschThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1888-1965 (20th century)
Conductor

Zoltán <strong>Kocsis</strong> Zoltán KocsisThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1952-2016 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Zoltán <strong>Kodály</strong> Zoltán KodályThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1882-1967 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

MasterpiecesComplete works

Kirill KondrashinThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1914-1981 (20th century)
Conductor

Ton <strong>Koopman</strong> Ton KoopmanThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
age 75 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

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Lorin <strong>Maazel</strong> Lorin MaazelThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1930-2014 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Charles <strong>Mackerras</strong> Charles MackerrasThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1925-2010 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Bruno <strong>Maderna</strong> Bruno MadernaThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1920-1973 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Muslim <strong>Magomayev</strong> Muslim MagomayevThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1942-2008 (20th century)
Composer, Lyrical singer & Conductor

Henry <strong>Mancini</strong> Henry ManciniThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1924-1994 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Igor <strong>Markevitch</strong> Igor MarkevitchThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1912-1983 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Neville <strong>Marriner</strong> Neville MarrinerThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1924-2016 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Wynton <strong>Marsalis</strong> Wynton MarsalisThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
age 58 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Frank <strong>Martin</strong> Frank MartinThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1890-1974 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Jean <strong>Martinon</strong> Jean MartinonThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1910-1976 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Kurt <strong>Masur</strong> Kurt MasurThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1927-2015 (20th century)
Conductor

Lovro von MatačićThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1899-1985 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

<strong>Maur</strong>o <strong>Maur</strong> Mauro MaurThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
age 61 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Zubin <strong>Mehta</strong> Zubin MehtaThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
age 84 (20th century)
Conductor

Willem <strong>Mengelberg</strong> Willem MengelbergThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1871-1951 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Gian Carlo <strong>Menotti</strong> Gian Carlo MenottiThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1911-2007 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Yehudi <strong>Menuhin</strong> Yehudi MenuhinThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1916-1999 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

Darius <strong>Milhaud</strong> Darius MilhaudThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1892-1974 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

MasterpiecesComplete works

Shlomo MintzThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
age 62 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

Dimitri <strong>Mitropoulos</strong> Dimitri MitropoulosThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1896-1960 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Pierre <strong>Monteux</strong> Pierre MonteuxThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1875-1964 (20th century)
Conductor

Ennio <strong>Morricone</strong> Ennio MorriconeThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1928-2020 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Yevgeny <strong>Mravinsky</strong> Yevgeny MravinskyThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1903-1988 (20th century)
Conductor

Riccardo <strong>Muti</strong> Riccardo MutiThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
age 80 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor


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Esa-Pekka <strong>Salonen</strong> Esa-Pekka SalonenThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
age 62 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Jordi <strong>Savall</strong> Jordi SavallThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
age 79 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Wolfgang <strong>Sawallisch</strong> Wolfgang SawallischThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1923-2013 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

Hermann <strong>Scherchen</strong> Hermann ScherchenThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1891-1966 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

András <strong>Schiff</strong> András SchiffThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
age 66 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Arnold <strong>Schoenberg</strong> Arnold SchoenbergThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1874-1951 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

MasterpiecesComplete works

Peter <strong>Schreier</strong> Peter SchreierThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1935-2019 (20th century)
Composer, Lyrical singer & Conductor

Gunther <strong>Schuller</strong> Gunther SchullerThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1925-2015 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Leif <strong>Segerstam</strong> Leif SegerstamThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
age 76 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Howard <strong>Shore</strong> Howard ShoreThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
age 73 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Jean <strong>Sibelius</strong> Jean SibeliusThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1865-1957 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

MasterpiecesComplete works

Georg <strong>Solti</strong> Georg SoltiThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1912-1997 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Max <strong>Steiner</strong> Max SteinerThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1888-1971 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Isaac <strong>Stern</strong> Isaac SternThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1920-2001 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

Leopold <strong>Stokowski</strong> Leopold StokowskiThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1882-1977 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Robert <strong>Stolz</strong> Robert StolzThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1880-1975 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Oscar <strong>Straus</strong> Oscar StrausThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1870-1954 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Igor <strong>Stravinsky</strong> Igor StravinskyThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1882-1971 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

MasterpiecesComplete works

Yevgeny <strong>Svetlanov</strong> Yevgeny SvetlanovThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1928-2002 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

George <strong>Szell</strong> George SzellThe great 20th-century conductors (1950-2000)
1897-1970 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor


Some conductors to be celebrated very soon

Next month, more than 30 important artists and musicians will be honoured. In September 2020 some of them may celebrate a special anniversary. For others, amateurs and enthusiasts will celebrate the bicentenary of their birth or the fiftieth anniversary of their death for example. Among them, some famous conductors:

on 8, Lars Vogt (1970- ), 50th anniversary,
on 14, Luigi Cherubini (1760-1842), 260th anniversary (Birth),
on 20, Ildebrando Pizzetti (1880-1968), 140th anniversary (Birth),
on 29, Václav Neumann (1920-1995), 100th anniversary (Birth),
on 30, Johan Svendsen (1840-1911), 180th anniversary (Birth),
...

There are others to discover. And it is not too late to focus on the August 2020 celebrations (40+).

Always good opportunities to discover or deepen, (re)listen, explore the vastness and diversity of classical music...

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Last update : 2020-08-01

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