Akiyama or Oue? Isakadze or Levi? 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 in Asia

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 : Akiyama (Japanese conductor) or Oue (Japanese conductor) ? Mintz (Israeli violin virtuoso, violist and conductor) or Atzmon (Israeli 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 Asia, . 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 in Asia

Who are these greatest conductors, the most famous over the 1880-2020 era in Asia? 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. Vengerov, Sado, Segal, Long, Ozawa, Chung, Mehta...

At this time, soClassiQ has listed more than 4400 conductors. So here is a selection of some conductors for the years 1880-2020, in Asia, widely recognized around the world:

D

Ikuma DanThe great classical music conductors
1924-2001 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Tan <strong>Dun</strong> Tan DunThe great classical music conductors
age 62 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor


K

Vakhtang KakhidzeThe great classical music conductors
age 61 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Yūki KakiuchiThe great classical music conductors
age 42 (20th century)
Conductor

Toshiyuki KamiokaThe great classical music conductors
age 59 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

Shigeru Kan-noThe great classical music conductors
age 61 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Masaru KawasakiThe great classical music conductors
1924-2018 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Hooman KhalatbariThe great classical music conductors
age 51 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

Kōichi KishiThe great classical music conductors
1909-1937 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

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

Hiroshi KodamaThe great classical music conductors
age 68 (20th century)
Conductor

Kazuhiro KoizumiThe great classical music conductors
age 70 (20th century)
Conductor

Hideo KojimaThe great classical music conductors
age 79 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

Kazuhiko KomatsuThe great classical music conductors
1947-2013 (20th century)
Conductor

Jo KondoThe great classical music conductors
age 72 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Hidemaro KonoyeThe great classical music conductors
1898-1973 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Kazunobu KurokawaThe great classical music conductors
age 41 (20th century)
Conductor

Tetsunosuke KushidaThe great classical music conductors
age 85 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor


S

Yutaka SadoThe great classical music conductors
age 59 (20th century)
Conductor

Hideo SaitoThe great classical music conductors
1902-1974 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Ryuichi <strong>Sakamoto</strong> Ryuichi SakamotoThe great classical music conductors
age 68 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Heshmat SanjariThe great classical music conductors
1917-1995 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Konstantin SaradzhevThe great classical music conductors
1877-1954 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

Kentaro SatoThe great classical music conductors
age 39 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Uri SegalThe great classical music conductors
age 76 (20th century)
Conductor

David ShallonThe great classical music conductors
1950-2000 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

Mohammad ShamsThe great classical music conductors
age 65 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Lahav <strong>Shani</strong> Lahav ShaniThe great classical music conductors
age 31 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

En ShaoThe great classical music conductors
age 65 (20th century)
Conductor

Bright ShengThe great classical music conductors
age 64 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Noam SheriffThe great classical music conductors
1935-2018 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Tatsuya ShimonoThe great classical music conductors
age 50 (20th century)
Conductor

Makoto ShinoharaThe great classical music conductors
age 88 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Keisuke ShinoharaThe great classical music conductors
1959-2011 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Yasuo ShinozakiThe great classical music conductors
age 52 (20th century)
Conductor

Lan ShuiThe great classical music conductors
age 63 (20th century)
Conductor

Satō ShuntarōThe great classical music conductors
age 48 (20th century)
Conductor

Sergey SmbatyanThe great classical music conductors
age 32 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

Daisuke SogaThe great classical music conductors
age 54 (20th century)
Conductor

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

Pinchas SteinbergThe great classical music conductors
age 74 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

Makoto SuehiroThe great classical music conductors
age 61 (20th century)
Conductor

Meirō SugaharaThe great classical music conductors
1897-1988 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Shi-Yeon SungThe great classical music conductors
age 45 (20th century)
Conductor

Masato SuzukiThe great classical music conductors
age 39 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Hidemi SuzukiThe great classical music conductors
age 63 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

Masaaki <strong>Suzuki</strong> Masaaki SuzukiThe great classical music conductors
age 66 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor


T

Ali TajvidiThe great classical music conductors
1919-2006 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Ken TakasekiThe great classical music conductors
age 65 (20th century)
Conductor

Josef TalThe great classical music conductors
1910-2008 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Itay TalgamThe great classical music conductors
age 62 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

Yoav TalmiThe great classical music conductors
age 77 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Nobuaki TanakaThe great classical music conductors
age 92 (20th century)
Conductor

Kelly TangThe great classical music conductors
age 59 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Muhai TangThe great classical music conductors
age 70 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Anushavan Ter-GhevondyanThe great classical music conductors
1887-1961 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Yukinori TezukaThe great classical music conductors
age 80 (20th century)
Conductor

Nurghisa TilendievThe great classical music conductors
1925-1998 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Loris <strong>Tjeknavorian</strong> Loris TjeknavorianThe great classical music conductors
age 82 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Naohiro TotsukaThe great classical music conductors
age 60 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Yuzo ToyamaThe great classical music conductors
age 89 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Yaron TraubThe great classical music conductors
age 56 (20th century)
Conductor

Shunsaku TsutsumiThe great classical music conductors
1946-2013 (20th century)
Conductor


U

Masashi UedaThe great classical music conductors
1904-1966 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

Masato UsukiThe great classical music conductors
1934-2011 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor


Some conductors to be celebrated very soon

Next month, more than 40 important artists and musicians will be honoured. In July 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 3, Carlos Kleiber (1930-2004), 90th anniversary (Birth),
on 7, Gustav Mahler (1860-1911), 160th anniversary (Birth),
on 15, Leopold von Auer (1845-1930), 90th anniversary (Death),
on 21, Isaac Stern (1920-2001), 100th anniversary (Birth),
on 28, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), 270th anniversary (Death),
...

There are others to discover. And it is not too late to focus on the June 2020 celebrations (20+).

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

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Last update : 2020-06-01

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