Sir Andrew Davis (British 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.

Born in Ashridge, Hertfordshire to Robert J. Davis and his wife Florence Joyce (née Badminton), Davis grew up in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, and in Watford. Davis attended Watford Boys' Grammar School, where he studied classics in his sixth form years. His adolescent musical work included playing the organ at the Palace Theatre, Watford. Davis studied at the Royal College of Music and King's College, Cambridge 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 became music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO). He held the post until 1988, and then took the title of Conductor Laureate with the TSO.

In 1988, Davis became music director at Glyndebourne, where he met the American soprano Gianna Rolandi, who became his third wife. 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 a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) and in the 1999 New Year Honours List he was appointed Knight Bachelor. In 2002, he conducted the Prom at the Palace concert, held in the gardens of Buckingham Palace 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 Der Ring des Nibelungen cycle of Richard Wagner in 2005 and the first Chicago production of Michael Tippett's The Midsummer Marriage. His current contract with Lyric Opera of Chicago is through the 2020-2021 season.

In 2005, Davis became Music Advisor to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, for a designated three-year period. In September 2006, he 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 his schedule. Outside of the USA, in June 2012, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra named Davis its chief conductor, effective in January 2013, with an initial contract of 4 years.

Davis has performed a wide range of repertoire, with a particular focus on contemporary British music. 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 reside in Chicago.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1975 Symphony No. 10 Shostakovich; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Davis 4
1983 Andrew Davis Plays the Organ at Roy Thomson Hall Sir Andrew Davis 1
1983 Symphony no. 2 Jean Sibelius; Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis 1
1986 The Planets, Op. 32 Gustav Holst; Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis 1
1991 Symphony no. 4 / Songs of a Wayfarer Gustav Mahler; Judith Raskin, Frederica von Stade, The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell, London Philharmonic, Andrew Davis 1
1991 Symphony no. 6 / The Lark Ascending / Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis Vaughan Williams; BBC Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis, Tasmin Little 1
1991 The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra / Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge / Four Sea Interludes & Passacaglia from Peter Grimes Benjamin Britten; BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis 1
1993 Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 Vaughan Williams; BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis 1
1994 A Sea Symphony Vaughan Williams; BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus, Sir Andrew Davis 1
1994 Symphony No. 2 "A London Symphony" & No. 8 Vaughan Williams; BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis 1
1997 En Saga / The Swan of Tuonela / Finlandia / The Oceanides / Tapiola Sibelius; Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Davis 2
1997 Symphonies nos. 1 & 2 / Overture "In the South" / Pomp & Circumstance Marches 1, 3 & 5 Sir Edward Elgar; BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis 1
2001 Enigma Variations / Cockaigne Overture / Introduction and Allegro / Serenade for Strings in E minor Elgar; BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis 2
2002 The Planets / Egdon Heath Gustav Holst; BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis 1
2003 Symphony No. 2 / In the South (Alassio) Elgar; BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis 1
2008 Messiah Handel; Kathleen Battle, Florence Quivar, John Aler, Samuel Ramey, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis 1 2
2009 The Crown of India Sir Edward Elgar; BBC Philharmonic, Sir Andrew Davis 1
2010 Violin Concerto / Interlude from The Crown of India / Polonia Elgar; Tasmin Little, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis 1
2011 Orchestral Works, Volume 2: The Planets / Beni Mora / Japanese Suite Holst; Manchester Chamber Choir, BBC Philharmonic, Sir Andrew Davis 1
2011 Appalachia / The Song of the High Hills Delius; BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis 1
2011 Symphonies nos. 1 and 2 York Bowen; BBC Philharmonic, Sir Andrew Davis 1
2011 Enigma Variations / Pomp and Circumstance Edward Elgar; Philharmonia Orchestra, Andrew Davis 1
2011 Double Concerto / Violin Concerto / Cello Concerto Frederick Delius; Tasmin Little, Paul Watkins, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis 1
2012 Cello Concerto Elgar; Paul Watkins, BBC Philharmonic, Sir Andrew Davis 1
2013 Works for Large Chorus and Orchestra Percy Grainger; Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis 1
2013 Orchestral Works, Volume 3: First Choral Symphony / The Mystic Trumpeter Gustav Holst; Susan Gritton, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis 1
2013 The Lark Ascending Tasmin Little, BBC Philharmonic, Sir Andrew Davis 1
2014 Violin Concerto / Karelia Suite / Finlandia / Valse triste / Andante festivo / Valse lyrique / The Swan of Tuonela Sibelius; Jennifer Pike, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis 1
The Baroque Album Toronto Chamber Orchestra, Andrew Davis 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1997 Enigma Variations / Pomp and Circumstance / Cello Concerto / Violin Concerto Compilation Sir Edward Elgar; Jacqueline du Pré, Pinchas Zukerman, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim, Eugene Ormandy, Sir Andrew Davis 1
1998 The Planets / Simple Symphony Compilation Gustav Holst, Benjamin Britten; Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
2006 Concertos - Symphonies Compilation Chostakovitch; Cristina Ortiz, David Oistrakh, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Truls Mørk, Paavo Berglund, Maxime Chostakovitch, Mariss Jansons, Andrew Davis 1
2007 The Symphonies Compilation Vaughan Williams; BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis 1
Fauré: Requiem op. 48 / Duruflé: Requiem op. 9 Compilation Gabriel Fauré / Maurice Duruflé; Kiri Te Kanawa, Lucia Popp, Siegmund Nimsgern, The Ambrosian Singers, Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
Last Night of the Proms (The 100th Season) Live BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis 1

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