The Full Wiki

More info on Andrew Davis (conductor)

Andrew Davis (conductor): Map


Wikipedia article:

Map showing all locations mentioned on Wikipedia article:

Sir Andrew Frank Davis CBE (born 2 February 1944, Ashridgemarker, Hertfordshiremarker) is a Britishmarker conductor.


Born to Robert J. Davis and his wife Florence J. nee Badminton, Davis grew up in Cheshammarker, Buckinghamshire, and in Watfordmarker. Davis attended Watford Boys' Grammar Schoolmarker, where he studied classics in his sixth form years and the Junior Royal Academy of Musicmarker. His adolescent musical work included playing the organ at the Palace Theatre, Watford. Davis studied at the Royal College of Musicmarker, King's College, Cambridgemarker where he was an Organ Scholar, graduating in 1967. He later studied conducting in Rome with Franco Ferrara.

Davis's first major post was as associate conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, beginning in 1970. In 1975, he took the job of principal conductor with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He stepped down in 1988, but has remained close to the orchestra as its Conductor Laureate.

In 1988, Davis became music director at Glyndebournemarker, where he met the American soprano Gianna Rolandi, whom he later married. Davis concluded his Glyndebourne tenure in 2000. In 1989, Sir John Drummond appointed Davis as chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra (BBC SO). During his BBC SO tenure, Davis restored the tradition established by Malcolm Sargent of the chief conductor of the BBC SO conducting the Last Night of The Proms. He was noted for his humorous Last Night speeches, including giving two speeches after the Major General's patter song from The Pirates of Penzance, but he also more seriously addressed the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales, Mother Teresa, and Sir Georg Solti in his 1997 Last Night speech. Davis stepped down as the BBC SO's chief conductor in 2000 and now holds the title of conductor laureate of the BBC SO.

In May 1992, Davis was appointed CBE and in January 1999, he was appointed Knight Bachelor in the New Year Honours List. In 2002, he conducted the Prom at the Palace concert, held in the gardens of Buckingham Palacemarker as part of the celebrations for the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

Davis became the music director and principal conductor of the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2000. His work in Chicago has included his first conducting of the Ring cycle of Richard Wagner in 2005 and the first Chicago production of Michael Tippett's The Midsummer Marriage. In 2005, he took on the post of Music Advisor to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, for a designated three-year period. In September 2006, Davis announced that he would relinquish this position with Pittsburgh after the 2007-2008 season. In October 2007, Davis and the orchestra mutually agreed to terminate his contract early and for him not to conduct his scheduled Pittsburgh Symphony concerts in the 2007-2008 season, because of increased demands on Davis' schedule.

Davis has performed quite a wide range of repertoire, though his support of contemporary British music is of particular note. He is particularly associated with Michael Tippett, including the British premiere of his work The Mask of Time. Davis has recorded for a number of labels, including NMC Recordings, Teldec and Deutsche Grammophon. He has also made a critically acclaimed recording of Harrison Birtwistle's opera, The Mask of Orpheus.

Sir Andrew and Lady Davis live in Chicagomarker. Their son, Edward (born 1989), attends Knox Collegemarker.


External links

Embed code:

Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address