BBC Symphony Orchestra Chief Conductors

Posted May 4, 2011
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  1. Pierre Boulez

    Pierre Boulez


    Pierre Boulez (born 26 March 1925) is a French composer, conductor, prolific writer, and pianist. He is also the founder and former director of the Paris based Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM).

  2. Malcolm Sargent

    Malcolm Sargent


    Sir Harold Malcolm Watts Sargent (29 April 1895 – 3 October 1967) was an English conductor, organist and composer widely regarded as Britain's leading conductor of choral works. The musical ensembles with which he was associated included the Ballets Russes, the Huddersfield Choral Society, the Royal Choral Society, the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, and the London Philharmonic, Hallé, Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and Royal Philharmonic orchestras. Sargent was held in high esteem by choirs and instrumental soloists, but because of his high standards and a statement that he made in a 1936 interview disputing musicians' rights to tenure, his relationship with orchestral players was often uneasy. Despite this, he was co-founder of the London Philharmonic, was the first conductor of the Liverpool Philharmonic as a full-time ensemble, and played an important part in saving the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from disbandment in the 1960s.

  3. Antal Doráti

    Antal Doráti


    Antal Doráti, KBE (9 April 1906 – 13 November 1988) was a Hungarian-born conductor and composer who became a naturalized American citizen in 1943.

  4. Colin Davis

    Colin Davis


    Sir Colin Rex Davis, CH, CBE (25 September 1927 – 14 April 2013) was an English conductor. He was particularly noted for his advocacy of the music of Hector Berlioz and of Michael Tippett.

  5. Rudolf Kempe

    Rudolf Kempe


    Rudolf Kempe (born 14 June 1910 in Dresden, died 12 May 1976 in Zürich) was a German conductor.

  6. John Pritchard (conductor)

    John Pritchard (conductor)


    Sir John Michael Pritchard CBE (5 February 1921 – 5 December 1989) was an English conductor. He was known for his interpretations of Mozart operas and for his support of contemporary music.

  7. Gennady Rozhdestvensky

    Gennady Rozhdestvensky


    Gennady Nikolayevich Rozhdestvensky, CBE (Russian: Генна́дий Никола́евич Рожде́ственский; born 4 May 1931) is a Russian conductor.

  8. Adrian Boult

    Adrian Boult


    Sir Adrian Cedric Boult, CH (/blt/; 8 April 1889 – 22 February 1983) was an English conductor. Brought up in a prosperous mercantile family, he followed musical studies in England and at Leipzig, Germany, with early conducting work in London for the Royal Opera House and Sergei Diaghilev's ballet company. His first prominent post was conductor of the City of Birmingham Orchestra in 1924. When the British Broadcasting Corporation appointed him director of music in 1930, he established the BBC Symphony Orchestra and became its chief conductor. The orchestra set standards of excellence that were rivalled in Britain only by the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), founded two years later.

  9. Rudolf Schwarz (conductor)

    Rudolf Schwarz (conductor)


    Rudolf Schwarz CBE (29 April 1905 – 30 January 1994) was an Austrian-born conductor of Jewish ancestry. He became a British citizen and spent the latter half of his life in England.

  10. Leonard Slatkin

    Leonard Slatkin


    Leonard Edward Slatkin (born September 1, 1944) is an American conductor and composer.

  11. BBC Symphony Orchestra

    BBC Symphony Orchestra


    The BBC Symphony Orchestra (BBC SO) is a British orchestra based in London. Founded in 1930, it was the first permanent salaried orchestra in London, and is the only one of the city's five major symphony orchestras not to be self-governing. The BBC SO is the principal orchestra of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

  12. Sakari Oramo

    Sakari Oramo


    Sakari Markus Oramo OBE (born October 26, 1965) is a Finnish conductor.

  13. Jiří Bělohlávek

    Jiří Bělohlávek


    Jiří Bělohlávek CBE (born 24 February 1946) is a Czech conductor. His father was a barrister and judge. In his youth Bělohlávek studied cello with Miloš Sádlo and was later a graduate of the Prague Conservatory and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. After graduation he studied conducting, for two years, with Sergiu Celibidache.

  14. Andrew Davis (conductor)

    Andrew Davis (conductor)

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    Sir Andrew Frank Davis CBE (born 2 February 1944) is a British conductor. He is currently music director and principal conductor of Lyric Opera of Chicago, chief conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and conductor laureate of both the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

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