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The 18 greatest conductors of all time
6. Marin Alsop
Conducting has traditionally been a bit of a all-boys affair. But things are starting to change and now more and more women are making a career on the podium. Marin Alsop is one of the very best. Principal Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony from 2002 to 2008, she also made history in 2007 as the first woman to be appointed music director of a major American orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony.