Classical orchestra conductors

Famous classical orchestra conductors, a list of websites
Chefs d’orchestre; Berühmten Dirigenten; Direttori d’orchestra

Name index:

See also: Orchestras


Abbado, Claudio

Claudio Abbado Homepage
Claudio Abbado. Deutsche Grammophon
Claudio Abbado. Wikipedia entry.
Claudio Abbado News from The New York Times
Claudio Abbado. The Guardian
Claudio Abbado on Facebook.
Claudio Abbado on YouTube

Abel, Yves

Yves Abel
Yves Abel is a regular guest at the world’s great opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden, La Scala, Milan, Vienna Staatsoper, and Opera National de Paris.

Alsop, Marin

The Marin Alsop homepage.
Marin Alsop. Wikipedia.

Ashkenazy, Vladimir

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Wikipedia entry.
Vladimir Ashkenazy, The Philharmonic Orchestra, London
Vladimir Ashkenazy official website.


Barbirolli, Sir John

The Barbirolli Society
Sir John Barbirolli. Wikipedia profile.
Sir John Barbirolli. Video documentary.

Beecham, Sir Thomas

Sir Thomas Beecham, videos on YouTube.
Thomas Beecham. Wikipedia.
Remembering Thomas Beecham. The Guardian

Bernstein, Leonard

Leonard Bernstein Official Site
Leonard Bernstein, Wikipedia entry.
Leonard Bernstein on YouTube. Conducting, workshops, interviews, comments on composers.

Bohm, Karl

Karl Bohm biography, background.
Karl Böhm. Wikipedia
Karl Bohm conducting. YouTube video.

Blomstedt, Herbert

Herbert Blomstedt. Decca Classsics
Herbert Blomstedt, Wikipedia entry.
Herbert Blomsedt. Arkiv Music discographies.


Boulanger, Nadia

Nadia Boulanger, Wikipedia entry.

Boulez, Pierre

Pierre Boulez. DG
Pierre Boulez, Wikipedia entry.

Bychkov, Semyon

Semyon Bychkov
Berliner Philharmoniker
Semyon Bychkov official website.
Semyon Bychkov
Interview: Semyon Bychkov: his own man. The Spectator


Celibidache, Sergiu

Sergiu Celibidache. Forum, teaching, life, conducting.
The Celibidache Foundation
Sergiu Celibidache, Wikipedia entry.

Chailly, Riccardo

Riccardo Chailly, Wikipedia entry.
Riccardo Chailly website.
Riccardo Chailly. Decca


de Waart, Edo

Edo de Waart. Wikipedia

von, Dohnanyi, Christoph

Christoph von Dohnanyi
Christoph von Dohnányi. Wikipedia

Dudamel, Gustavo

Gustavo Dudamel homepage.
Gustavo Dudamel. Wikipedia entry.
Gustavo Dudamel on YouTube.


Eschenbach, Christoph

Christoph Eschenbach, the official website.
Christoph Eschenbach conducting the Gustav Mahler symphonies (video).


Fischer, Iván

Iván Fischer, Wikipedia entry.
Budaphest Festival Orchestra

Frantz, Justus

Justus Frantz

Furtwängler, Wilhelm

Wilhelm Furtwängler. Wikipedia entry.
Wilhelm Furtwangler. Classical


Gatti, Daniele

Daniele Gatti website.
Daniele Gatti. RCO
Daniele Gatti. Wikipedia
Daniele Gatti, Creative Risk-Taker, Picks Up Baton at Royal Concertebauw.

Gergiev, Valery

Valery Gergiev official site (in Russian)
Valery Gergiev. Norman Lebrecht article.
Valery Gergiev performance schedule.
Valery Gergiev. Wikipedia entry.
Valerij Gergiev, a Russian information site.

Gilbert, Alan

Alan Gilbert. Wikipedia
Alan Gilbert official site.
New York Philharmonic: Alan Gilbert Biography

Giulini, Carlo Maria

Carlo Maria Giulini, Wikipedia entry.

Gražinytė-Tyla, Mirga

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. Wikipedia
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra


Haitink, Bernard

Bernard Haitink, Wikipedia entry.

Harding, Daniel

Daniel Harding, official website.

Harnoncourt, Nikolaus

Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Nikolaus Harnoncourt official website
Nikolaus Harnoncourt Wikipedia entry.

Hogwood, Christopher

Christopher Hogwood official website.
Christopher Hogwood, Wikipedia entry.
The Academy of Ancient Music


Jacobs, René

René Jacobs. Bach Cantatas
René Jacobs. Wikipedia entry.

Jansons, Mariss

Mariss Jansons, Wikipedia entry.


Järvi, Neeme

Neeme Jarvi. Wikipedia entry.
Neeme Järvi official website.
Neeme Järvi, AllMusici

Järvi, Paavo

Paavo Jarvi’s website.

Jochum, Eugen

Eugen Jochum, Wikipedia entry.


von Karajan, Herbert

Herbert von Karajan. The Herbert von Karajan Centre Archives
Herbert von Karajan Centrum (Centre). A Karajan research site.
Herbert von Karajan concerts, recordings, memorabilia, concert posters, concert programmes, items wanted and for sale.
Herbert von Karajan, Wikipedia entry.
Herbert von Karajan’s recordings of Bach’s vocal works.
Herbert von Karajan videos on YouTube.

Kertész, István

Istvan Kertesz, Wikipedia entry.

Kleiber, Carlos

Carlos Kleiber
Eric and Carlos Kleiber Page

Klemperer, Otto

Otto Klemperer
Otto Klemperer, Wikipedia entry.
Otto Klemperer.

Kondrashin, Kiril

Kiril Kondrashin

Koussevitsky, Serge

Sergei Koussevitsky Music Foundations

Krips, Josef

Josef Krips, Wikipedia entry.

Kubelik, Rafael

Rafael Kubelík, Wikipedia entry.


Levine, James

James Levine, Wikipedia entry.

Long You

Long Yo

Luisi, Fabio

Fabio Luisi


Maazel, Lorin

Lorin Maazel. 1984, The Opera by Lorin Maazel
Lorin Maazel homepage.
Lorin Maazel. Wikipedia entry.
Lorin Maazel. YouTube videos

Mahler, Gustav

Gustav Mahler. The International Gustav Mahler Society
Gustav Mahler web directory, from the ODP. 
The Gustav Mahler page.

Makraki, Maria

Maria Makraki.
Maria Makraki, Wikipedia entry.

Masur, Kurt

Kurt Masur. The official 
Kurt Masur Website
Kurt Masur. Classika

Marriner, Sir Neville

Sir Neville Marriner. Wikipedia entry.
Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Mehta, Zubin

Zubin Mehta, Wikipedia entry.
The Zubin Mehta website.

Mengelberg, Willem

Willem Mengelberg. Short biography and pictures.
Willem Mengelberg. Great Historical Musicians

Minkowski, Marc

Marc Minkowski

Mravinsky, Yevgeny

Yevgeny Mravinsk
Mravinsky Biography at All
Yevgeny Mravinsky. Wikipedia

Muti, Riccardo

Riccardo Muti. Teatro alla Scala
Riccardo Muti. Wikipedia
The Riccardo Muti Website
Riccardo Muti. Klassika


Nagano, Kent

Kent Nagano. A dedicated Kent Nagano web site.
Kent Nagano interview.
Kent Nagano, Russian National Orchestra.

Nézet-Séguin, Yannick

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Website
Nézet-Séguin. Wikipedia entry.

Norrington, Sir Roger

Sir Roger Norrington
Sir Roger Norrington. Discography, comments, performances
Sir Roger Norrington. Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

Noseda, Gianandrea

Gianandrea Noseda

Ormandy, Eugene

Eugene Ormandy. Wikipedia entry.

Ozawa, Seiji

Seiji Ozawa. Wikipedia entry.
Seiji Ozawa


Pappano, Antonio

Antonio Pappano
Antonio Pappano. Wikipedia

Petrenko, Kirill

Kirill Petrenko. The Berlin Philharmonic
Kirill Petrenko to succeed Simon Rattle at the Berlin Philharmonic
Kirill Petrenko. Wikipedia enetry.

Pletnev, Mikhail

Mikhail Pletnev, Wikipedia entry.

Previn, André

Andre Previn. Shirmer Composers
André Previn. Wikipedia
André Previn. The official website.
Andre Previn. Deutsche Grammophon (search under Artists list).

Pritchard, John

John Pritchard. Wikipedia
John Pritchard. NY Times


Rattle, Sir Simon

Sir Simon Rattle. Interview.
Sir Simon Rattle. Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle BBC audio interview.
Sir Simon Rattle conducting the finale of Mahler’s 8th. YouTube video.

Rozhdestvensky, Guennadi

Guennadi Rozhdestvensky


Salonen, Esa-Pekka

Esa-Pekka Salonen
Esa-Pekka Salonen. Official Website
Esa-Pekka Salonen. Wikipedia

Sanderling, Kurt

Kurt Sanderling

Skrowaczewski, Stanislav

Stanislav Skrowaczewski
Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Wikipedia entry.

Spivakov, Vladimir

Official site of The Spivakov Foundation.
Official site of Spivakov’s orchestra.

Slatkin, Leonard

Leonard Slatkin, Wikipedia entry.

Solti, Sir Georg

Sir Georg Solti. A Solti dedicated site.
Georg Solti. Wikipedia

Steinberg, Pinchas

Pinchas Steinberg. Wikipedia

Stokowski, Leopold

The Leopold Stokowski Society

Suzuki, Masato

Masato Suzuki. The Back Collegium Japan

Svetlanov, Evgeny

Evengeny Svetlanov

Szell, George

George Szell


Tennstedt, Klaus

Klaus Tennstedt
Wikipedia entry.

Thielman, Christian

Christian Thieleman. Deutsche Grammophon
Christian Thieleman. Klassika

Thomas, Michael-Tilson

Michael Tilson Thomas. Wikipedia entry.
Michael Tilson Thomas. Sony Music bio.
Michael Tilson Thomas. Keeping Score.
Keeping Score is the San Francisco Symphony’s national, multi-year program designed to make classical music more accessible to people of all ages and musical backgrounds.

Toscanini, Arturo

Toscanini, Arturo. Fondazione Arturo
The foundation operates in all areas of musical life in cooperation with public and private organizations interested or directly involved in the diffusion of culture and live musical performance, as well as the basic and advanced training of music professionals (musicians, singers, technicians, etc).
Arturo Toscanini, Wikipedia entry.
Toscanni Online


von Karajan, Herbert

See above


Walter, Bruno

Bruno Walter. Sony Classics
Bruno Walter conducting Mahler. YouTube
Bruno Walter, Wikipedia entry.

Wand, Günter

Günter Wand.Wikipedia entry.
Günter Wand, a dedicated website.
Günter Wand. Naxos recordings.

Welser-Most, Hanz

Franz Welser-Most.Wikipedia entry.

Willocks, Sir David

Sir David Willcocks, Wikipedia entry.

Zander, Benjamin

Benjamin Zander, Wikipedia entry.
Benjamin Zander official site.


Web directories and conductor’s websites, female conductors *

Lucerne Festival Conducting

The Conductors Guild

Decca Music Group. Conductor biographies and information.

Deutsche Grammophon
DG artist list.

Salzburg Festival Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award

Female conductors.

List of female classical conductors. Wikipedia

18 of today’s top women conductors.

Wikipedia. Entry on the art of conducting.

Youtube online videos of classical concerts.