Sir Andrew Davis
Andrew Davis has served as music director and principal conductor of Lyric Opera
of Chicago since 2000. He began his tenure as chief conductor of the Melbourne
Symphony Orchestra in January 2013.
English conductor begins his 2013-14 season with the Melbourne Symphony
Orchestra, leading the Verdi Requiem
as well as two concerts including works of Tippett, Mozart, Britten, and Elgar.
He will then return to Lyric Opera for the company’s new production of Parsifal, the first of three operas he
will lead for the company -- the others are
Rusalka (company premiere in February) and La clemenza di Tito (March).
Autumn also includes a tour to the Far East with the BBC Symphony
Orchestra. Other season highlights include Massenet’s Cendrillon (Barcelona), appearances with New York Philharmonic and
the Toronto, Montreal, and Boston symphony orchestras, as well as a return to
the BBCSO for concerts and London. May brings Sir Andrew to the Leipzig
Gewandhaus, prior to two important engagements leading works of Elgar: King Olaf with the Bergen Philharmonic and The Dream of Gerontius
with the DeutschesSymphonie-Orchester
Berlin. Maestro Davis then returns to Melbourne for a Strauss-Mahler program,
and in mid-July he opens the BBC Proms with another imposing Elgar work, The Kingdom. He ends the season with
Britten’s War Requiem, leading the
Philharmonia Orchestra at the Edinburgh Festival.
Andrew is conductor laureate of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (he was
previously that ensemble’s former principal conductor), conductor laureate of
the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and former music director of Glyndebourne Festival
Opera. He has led performances at many of the world’s most important opera
houses, among them the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Covent Garden, the
Bayreuth Festival, and the major companies of Munich, Paris, San Francisco, and
Santa Fe. In addition to those ensembles previously mentioned, he has
appeared with virtually every
internationally prominent orchestra, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the
Royal Concertgebouw, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and all the major British orchestras.
vast discography documents Sir Andrew’s artistry, with recent CDs including
works of Elgar, Delius, Holst, and York Bowen (this last received a Grammy
nomination for Best Orchestral Performance). In 1992 Maestro Davis was created
a Commander of the British Empire, and in 1999 he was made a Knight Bachelor in
the New Year Honours List. Last June he received an
honorary doctorate from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.
further information, please visit Sir Andrew’s website.