The great classical music conductors South America


Matheuz or Martins? Luis-Bassa or Alarcón? 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 South 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 : Matheuz (Venezuelan conductor and violinist) or Martins (Brazilian pianist and conductor) ? Karabtchevsky (Brazilian conductor) or Harth-Bedoya (Peruvian musician) ? 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 South America, . 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 South America

Who are these greatest conductors, the most famous over the 1880-2020 era in South 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. Païta, Herzog, Domingo, Antunes, Medina, Rivas, Sánchez...

At this time, soClassiQ has listed more than 3600 conductors. So here is a selection of some conductors for the years 1880-2020, in South America, widely recognized around the world:


Roberto CaamañoThe great classical music conductors
1923-1993 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Teresa <strong>Carreño</strong> Teresa CarreñoThe great classical music conductors
1853-1917 (Romantic)
Composer, Lyrical singer, Performer & Conductor

Eleazar de CarvalhoThe great classical music conductors
1912-1996 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Juan José CastroThe great classical music conductors
1895-1968 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

José <strong>Cura</strong> José CuraThe great classical music conductors
age 57 (20th century)
Lyrical singer, Performer & Conductor


Antonio EstévezThe great classical music conductors
1916-1988 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor


Constantino <strong>Gaito</strong> Constantino GaitoThe great classical music conductors
1878-1945 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Gerardo GandiniThe great classical music conductors
1936-2013 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Gilardo <strong>Gilardi</strong> Gilardo GilardiThe great classical music conductors
1889-1963 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Chiquinha <strong>Gonzaga</strong> Chiquinha GonzagaThe great classical music conductors
1847-1935 (Romantic)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Camargo GuarnieriThe great classical music conductors
1907-1993 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

César Guerra-PeixeThe great classical music conductors
1914-1993 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Alberto GuerreroThe great classical music conductors
1886-1959 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Gerardo GuevaraThe great classical music conductors
age 89 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor


Alberto <strong>Nepomuceno</strong> Alberto NepomucenoThe great classical music conductors
1864-1920 (Romantic)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Marlos NobreThe great classical music conductors
age 81 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Juan Carlos NúñezThe great classical music conductors
age 73 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor


Victoria SánchezThe great classical music conductors
age 33 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

Lalo <strong>Schifrin</strong> Lalo SchifrinThe great classical music conductors
age 87 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Alfredo SchiumaThe great classical music conductors
1885-1963 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Juan María SolareThe great classical music conductors
age 53 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

João de Souza LimaThe great classical music conductors
1898-1982 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Oscar StrasnoyThe great classical music conductors
age 49 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor


Heitor <strong>Villa-Lobos</strong> Heitor Villa-LobosThe great classical music conductors
1887-1959 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Some conductors to be celebrated very soon

Next month, more than 20 important artists and musicians will be honoured. In June 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, Robert Schumann (1810-1856), 210th anniversary (Birth),
on 9, Otto Nicolai (1810-1849), 210th anniversary (Birth),
on 10, Zbyněk Vostřák (1920-1985), 100th anniversary (Birth),
on 20, Jehan Alain (1911-1940), 80th anniversary (Death),
on 25, Gustave Charpentier (1860-1956), 160th anniversary (Birth),

There are others to discover. And it is not too late to focus on the May 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 : 2020-05-01

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