The great 20th-century conductors North America

 

Leinsdorf or Perahia? Hannigan or Stern? 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 1900 and 2000+ in North America

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 : Leinsdorf (American conductor) or Perahia (American classical pianist and conductor) ? Nézet-Séguin (Canadian conductor and pianist) 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 en North America, between 1900 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 2021

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

Top 10 conductors in North America for the years 1900-2000+

Who are these greatest conductors, the most famous over the 1900-2000+ era in North America? 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. Järvi, Horenstein, Nagano, Järvi, Monteux, Thomas, Mehta...

At this time, soClassiQ has listed more than 4500 conductors. So here is a selection of some conductors for the years 1900-2000+, in North America, widely recognized around the world:

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Paul <strong>Abraham</strong> Paul AbrahamThe great 20th-century conductors
1892-1960 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Maurice AbravanelThe great 20th-century conductors
1903-1993 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Timothee AdamowskiThe great 20th-century conductors
1857-1943 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Leslie <strong>Adams</strong> Leslie AdamsThe great 20th-century conductors
age 87 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

John Coolidge <strong>Adams</strong> John Coolidge AdamsThe great 20th-century conductors
age 73 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Samuel <strong>Adler</strong> Samuel AdlerThe great 20th-century conductors
age 92 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Marin <strong>Alsop</strong> Marin AlsopThe great 20th-century conductors
age 63 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

Daniele AmfitheatrofThe great 20th-century conductors
1901-1983 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Leroy <strong>Anderson</strong> Leroy AndersonThe great 20th-century conductors
1908-1975 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Desi <strong>Arnaz</strong> Desi ArnazThe great 20th-century conductors
1917-1986 (20th century)
Composer, Lyrical singer, Performer & Conductor

Jacob AvshalomovThe great 20th-century conductors
1919-2013 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Aaron AvshalomovThe great 20th-century conductors
1894-1965 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

John <strong>Axelrod</strong> John AxelrodThe great 20th-century conductors
age 54 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor


H

Henry Kimball <strong>Hadley</strong> Henry Kimball HadleyThe great 20th-century conductors
1871-1937 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Daron HagenThe great 20th-century conductors
age 58 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Marvin <strong>Hamlisch</strong> Marvin HamlischThe great 20th-century conductors
1944-2012 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Barbara <strong>Hannigan</strong> Barbara HanniganThe great 20th-century conductors
age 49 (20th century)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Conductor

Howard <strong>Hanson</strong> Howard HansonThe great 20th-century conductors
1896-1981 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

John <strong>Harbison</strong> John HarbisonThe great 20th-century conductors
age 81 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Skitch HendersonThe great 20th-century conductors
1918-2005 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Victor <strong>Herbert</strong> Victor HerbertThe great 20th-century conductors
1859-1924 (Romantic)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Bernard <strong>Herrmann</strong> Bernard HerrmannThe great 20th-century conductors
1911-1975 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Paul <strong>Hindemith</strong> Paul HindemithThe great 20th-century conductors
1895-1963 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Jascha <strong>Horenstein</strong> Jascha HorensteinThe great 20th-century conductors
1898-1973 (20th century)
Conductor

James <strong>Horner</strong> James HornerThe great 20th-century conductors
1953-2015 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Alan <strong>Hovhaness</strong> Alan HovhanessThe great 20th-century conductors
1911-2000 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

James Newton <strong>Howard</strong> James Newton HowardThe great 20th-century conductors
age 69 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Karel <strong>Husa</strong> Karel HusaThe great 20th-century conductors
1921-2016 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor


K

Jeronimas KačinskasThe great 20th-century conductors
1907-2005 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

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

Jānis KalniņšThe great 20th-century conductors
1904-2000 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Werner KlempererThe great 20th-century conductors
1920-2000 (20th century)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Conductor

Rudolf KolischThe great 20th-century conductors
1896-1978 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

Nikolai KorndorfThe great 20th-century conductors
1947-2001 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Erich Wolfgang <strong>Korngold</strong> Erich Wolfgang KorngoldThe great 20th-century conductors
1897-1957 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

MasterpiecesComplete works

Andre KostelanetzThe great 20th-century conductors
1901-1980 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Serge <strong>Koussevitzky</strong> Serge KoussevitzkyThe great 20th-century conductors
1874-1951 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Stephen KovacevichThe great 20th-century conductors
age 79 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

Yakov KreizbergThe great 20th-century conductors
1959-2011 (20th century)
Conductor

Ernst <strong>Krenek</strong> Ernst KrenekThe great 20th-century conductors
1900-1991 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Theodore <strong>Kuchar</strong> Theodore KucharThe great 20th-century conductors
age 57 (20th century)
Conductor

Erich KunzelThe great 20th-century conductors
1935-2009 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

Robert <strong>Kurka</strong> Robert KurkaThe great 20th-century conductors
1921-1957 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Milan KymlickaThe great 20th-century conductors
1936-2008 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor


S

Carlos <strong>Salzedo</strong> Carlos SalzedoThe great 20th-century conductors
1885-1961 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Lalo <strong>Schifrin</strong> Lalo SchifrinThe great 20th-century conductors
age 88 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Thomas <strong>Schippers</strong> Thomas SchippersThe great 20th-century conductors
1930-1977 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Alexander <strong>Schneider</strong> Alexander SchneiderThe great 20th-century conductors
1908-1993 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

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

William SchumanThe great 20th-century conductors
1910-1992 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Gerard <strong>Schwarz</strong> Gerard SchwarzThe great 20th-century conductors
age 73 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

Sholom SecundaThe great 20th-century conductors
1894-1974 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Ralph <strong>Shapey</strong> Ralph ShapeyThe great 20th-century conductors
1921-2002 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

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

Oscar ShumskyThe great 20th-century conductors
1917-2000 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

Alexander <strong>Siloti</strong> Alexander SilotiThe great 20th-century conductors
1863-1945 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Joseph SilversteinThe great 20th-century conductors
1932-2015 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

Leonard <strong>Slatkin</strong> Leonard SlatkinThe great 20th-century conductors
age 76 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Nicolas SlonimskyThe great 20th-century conductors
1894-1995 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Nikolai SokoloffThe great 20th-century conductors
1886-1965 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

S. P. SomtowThe great 20th-century conductors
age 67 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

John Philip <strong>Sousa</strong> John Philip SousaThe great 20th-century conductors
1854-1932 (Romantic)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Ethel StarkThe great 20th-century conductors
1910-2012 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

Leon SteinThe great 20th-century conductors
1910-2002 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

William SteinbergThe great 20th-century conductors
1899-1978 (20th century)
Conductor

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

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

Fritz StiedryThe great 20th-century conductors
1883-1968 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

William Grant <strong>Still</strong> William Grant StillThe great 20th-century conductors
1895-1978 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Josef StránskýThe great 20th-century conductors
1872-1936 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Ignace StrasfogelThe great 20th-century conductors
1909-1994 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

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

MasterpiecesComplete works

Gustav StrubeThe great 20th-century conductors
1867-1953 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Frank Van der <strong>Stucken</strong> Frank Van der StuckenThe great 20th-century conductors
1858-1929 (Romantic)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Carlos SurinachThe great 20th-century conductors
1915-1997 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

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


V

Joseph VézinaThe great 20th-century conductors
1849-1924 (Romantic)
Composer & Conductor


Some conductors to be celebrated very soon

Next month, more than 40 important artists and musicians will be honoured. In November 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 2, Dimitri Mitropoulos (1896-1960), 60th anniversary (Death),
on 7, Ferenc Erkel (1810-1893), 210th anniversary (Birth),
on 12, Oscar Strasnoy (1970- ), 50th anniversary,
on 14, Aaron Copland (1900-1990), 120th anniversary (Birth),
on 22, Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900), 120th anniversary (Death),
...

There are others to discover. And it is not too late to focus on the October 2020 celebrations (30+).

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

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Last update : 2020-10-01

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