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Dennis Russell Davies (born April 16, 1944, Toledo, Ohio) is an American conductor and pianist. He studied piano and conducting at the Juilliard School, where he received his doctorate. A champion of living composers and modern music including Hans Werner Henze, William Bolcom, Lou Harrison, Alan Hovhaness, John Cage, Philip Glass, Giya Kancheli, Arvo Pärt, Virgil Thomson, and Aaron Copland, Davies has commissioned, premiered and recorded numerous pieces by living composers, along with the standard classical works.

His recordings of note include Copland's Appalachian Spring with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in 1979, for which he won a Grammy Award; Arvo Pärt Fratres and Miserere; and many of Philip Glass's operas and symphonies, including the 5th symphony, which is dedicated to Davies. Davies premiered Glass's newest symphony at the 2012 New Year's concert in Anton Bruckner Concert Hall in Linz to a standing ovation. Lou Harrison's 3rd Symphony is also dedicated to Davies.

Davies served as Music Director of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra from 1972 to 1980. Together with the composer Francis Thorne, he founded the American Composers Orchestra in New York in 1977, and served as its music director until 2002. Davies served as music director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic from 1991 to 1996.

In 1980, he moved to Stuttgart, Germany when he served as General Music Director of the Baden-Württemberg State Opera House from 1980 to 1987. There he premiered two Philip Glass operas, along with many standard operas, often in productions with innovative and unusual staging. He has worked with many directors, including Robert Altman in a collaboration on Salome in Hamburg. He has also held permanent posts with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Beethovenhalle Bonn (1987–95), and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Davies has been chief conductor of the Bruckner Orchestra Linz and the Linz Opera since 2002. He is scheduled to conclude his tenure in Linz in 2017. In March 2008, Davies was named the third music director of the Sinfonieorchester Basel, effective with the 2009-10 season, for an initial contract of five years. He is scheduled to conclude his Basel tenure at the end of the 2016-2017 season.

Davies has also led many festival orchestras, including the Aspen Music Festival, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, which he directed from 1974 to 1990, and the Saratoga Music Festival. He conducted The Flying Dutchman at the Bayreuth Festival, the second American to conduct there and one of the youngest. Davies is a Professor of Orchestral Conducting at the Salzburg Mozarteum.

Davies has had a long-standing association with the jazz pianist Keith Jarrett. He has conducted Jarrett in classical concerto repertoire (including Mozart and Lou Harrison) and has himself performed Jarrett's music for piano and conducted Jarrett's orchestral music (featuring Jarrett as soloist as well as saxophonist Jan Garbarek).

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Akhnaten Philip Glass; The Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Dennis Russell Davies 2
1989 Mysterious Mountain / Lousadzak / Elegiac Symphony Alan Hovhaness, Lou Harrison; American Composers Orchestra, Dennis Russell Davies, Keith Jarrett 1
1991 Miserere Arvo Pärt; The Hilliard Ensemble, Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn, Dennis Russell Davies 3
1992 Kancheli: Vom Winde beweint / Schnittke: Konzert für Viola und Orchester Giya Kancheli, Alfred Schnittke; Kim Kashkashian, Dennis Russell Davies 1
1992 Violin Concerto / Fantasia Concertante / Fifth Symphony William Bolcom; American Composers Orchestra, Dennis Russell Davies, Sergiu Luca 5 1
1993 Lachrymae Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Dennis Russell Davies & Kim Kashkashian 1
1994 Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 "Eroica"; Coriolan Overture Ludwig van Beethoven; Beethoven Orchester Bonn & Dennis Russell Davies 1
1995 Symphonies 6, 7 & 9 Roger Sessions; American Composers Orchestra, Dennis Russell Davies 1
1996 Symphony no. 2 / Piano Concerto / Nocturne Colin McPhee; Brooklyn Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Dennis Russell Davies 1
1996 Piano Concertos K. 467, 488, 595 / Masonic Funeral Music K. 477 / Symphony in G minor K. 550 Mozart; Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Dennis Russell Davies, Keith Jarrett 1
1996 Wind Serenades Mozart; Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn, Dennis Russell Davies 1
1997 Dolorosa Shostakovich, Vasks, Schnittke; Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Dennis Russell Davies 1
1999 Flux Erkki-Sven Tüür; Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Dennis Russell Davies, David Geringas 1
2002 Symphony / Pastorales Vorspiel Hans Rott; Radio Symphonieorchester Wien, Dennis Russell Davies 1
2002 The Planets Gustav Holst; Bruckner Orchester Linz, Dennis Russell Davies 1
2003 Metamusik / Postludium Valentin Silvestrov; Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Dennis Russell Davies, Alexei Lubimov 1
2004 Dennis Russell Davies Performs Philip Glass: Tirol Concerto for Piano and Orchestra and Selections from Passages Philip Glass; Dennis Russell Davies, The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra 1
2004 Symphony no. 22 “City of Light” / Cello Concerto Alan Hovhaness; Seattle Symphony, Dennis Russell Davies, Alan Hovhaness, János Starker 1
2005 Orchestral Works Igor Stravinsky; Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Dennis Russell Davies 1
2005 Music 4 Hands Philip Glass, Steve Reich; Maki Namekawa, Dennis Russell Davies 1
2009 Symphony no. 9 / Nunc dimittis Alfred Schnittke, Alexander Raskatov; Dresdner Philharmonie, Dennis Russell Davies 1
2010 Symphonie d-Moll "Nullte" Anton Bruckner; Bruckner Orchester Linz, Dennis Russell Davies 1
2010 Madhares Thomas Larcher; Till Fellner, Kim Kashkashian, Quatuor Diotima, Münchener Kammerorchester, Dennis Russell Davies 1
2012 Musique funèbre Witold Lutosławski, Béla Bartók; Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Dennis Russell Davies 1
2012 Amazônia - Symphonic Poem Miguel Kertsman; Bruckner Orchester Linz, Wolfgang Schulz, Dennis Russell Davies 1
2013 Cello Concerto no. 2: Naqoyqatsi Philip Glass; Matt Haimovitz, Dennis Russell Davies, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra 1
2014 Symphony no. 4 "Heroes" Philip Glass; Sinfonieorchester Basel, Dennis Russell Davies 1
2016 The Perfect American Philip Glass; Dennis Russell Davies 1
Incidental Music of Egmont & The Ruins of Athens Beethoven; Dennis Russell Davies, The Orchestra of St. Luke’s 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 Appalachian Spring / El Salon Mexico / Old American Songs / Fanfare for the Common Man Aaron Copland; Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Eduardo Mata, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Dennis Russell Davies 1
2012 Open House: Song Cycles by Robert Beaser and William Bolcom Robert Beaser, William Bolcom; Paul Sperry, New York Virtuosi, Kenneth Klein, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Dennis Russell Davies 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 The Complete Symphonies Haydn; Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Dennis Russell Davies 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 Piano Music: Four Movements for Two Pianos / Etudes for Piano / The Hours Philip Glass; Dennis Russell Davies, Maki Namekawa 1

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