Valery Gergiev (1953-)
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The 18 greatest conductors of all time
5. Valery Gergiev (1953-)
A brilliant and controversial figure, Gergiev is the present principal conductor of the LSO. Reportedly a good friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Gergiev has denied that he and Putin are each other's children's godfathers. He is seen here conducting at the close of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.