Challender or Hollingworth? Foskett or Tuckwell? 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?
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 : Challender (Australian conductor) or Hollingworth (Australian artist and writer) ? Brain (New Zealand conductor) or Young (Australian 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 Oceania, between 1900 and 2000+. And this objectively, and for the first time (soClassiQ exclusivity).
Conductors rendered as a timeline to bring a little perspective:
This timeline is interactive to navigate through the ages or across continents (with ).
Why are all these composers included in this timeline?
Many composers have also been concert performers or conductors, although their fame is associated with their work today. On the other hand, some conductors such as Arturo Toscanini, Georg Solti ... or musicians such as Martha Argerich, Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould ... have also composed. Itzhak Perlman, David Oïstrakh... very well known as concert performers, have also conducted orchestras. Others, such as Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, William Christie ..., are renowned as much for their careers as composers, conductors and performers.
Who are these greatest conductors, the most famous over the 1900-2000+ era in Oceania? 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.
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. Bonynge, New, Davies, Logie-Smith, McGuire, Verbitsky, Milton...
At this time, soClassiQ has listed more than 4400 conductors. So here is a selection of some conductors for the years 1900-2000+, in Oceania, widely recognized around the world:
Stuart ChallenderThe great 20th-century conductors
1947-1991 (20th century)
Edward Harold DaviesThe great 20th-century conductors
1867-1947 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor
Nicolette FraillonThe great 20th-century conductors
age 60 (20th century)
Robert HollingworthThe great 20th-century conductors
age 73 (20th century)
George Logie-SmithThe great 20th-century conductors
1914-2007 (20th century)
Charles MackerrasThe great 20th-century conductors
1925-2010 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor
Vladimir VerbitskyThe great 20th-century conductors
age 76 (20th century)
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),
Always good opportunities to discover or deepen, (re)listen, explore the vastness and diversity of classical music...
Last update : 2020-08-01