Poll: Your Orchestra & Conductor 'Dream Team'

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A website has sought to rank the busiest musicians in 2013 – but how about the best?

Last week, the classical events finder website Bachtrack published a ranking of the busiest classical musicians in 2013. Among its findings: The world's most active orchestra was the San Francisco Symphony, with 146 events, followed by the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie (Northwest German Philharmonic).

Rounding out the top ten were, in order, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, Boston Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic.

Lists were based exclusively on the events submitted to Bachtrack, and are not considered comprehensive. An infographic shows the results (PDF).

In the department of no surprises, Valery Gergiev topped Bachtrack’s ranking of busiest conductors, with 99 events. He was followed by Andris Nelsons, Fabio Luisi, Alan Gilbert, Daniel Barenboim, Simon Rattle, Daniel Harding, Michael Tilson Thomas, Marco Armiliato and Philippe Jordan. Gilbert was the busiest concert conductor, that is, excluding dance and theatrical performances.

Mozart, Beethoven and Bach were the top three most performed composers in last year, a ranking that squares with WQXR's 2013 Classical Countdown.

Of the 100 busiest conductors, there was only one female: Marin Alsop came in 70th (the low number was evidently due to missing events from in Baltimore and São Paulo, where she is music director).


With this in mind, which top-five conductor would you want to hear with a top-five orchestra? Give us your orchestra and conductor dream team using the polls below.