Sir Andrew Davis has served as music director and principal conductor of Lyric Opera of Chicago since 2000, and in January 2013 he began his term as chief conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
In the 2012–13 Lyric Opera season he conducts R. Strauss’s Elektra, Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, Massenet’s Werther, and Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Other 2012–13 engagements include the BBC, Cincinnati, Detroit, Melbourne, St. Louis, and Toronto symphony orchestras; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Opéra Bastille; Dvořák’s Rusalka at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu; and Britten’s Billy Budd at the Glyndebourne Festival.
Sir Andrew has conducted all of the world’s major ensembles, from the Berlin Philharmonic and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as at opera houses and festivals throughout the world, including The Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, and the Bayreuth Festival. He has an extensive discography on the Chandos, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Warner Classics International, Capriccio, EMI, and CBS labels, among others. He currently records exclusively for Chandos Records.
Sir Andrew’s recording of Bowen’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2011 for Best Orchestral Performance. His 2008 recording of Elgar’s Violin Concerto with violinist James Ehnes and London’s Philharmonia Orchestra (Onyx Classics) won Gramophone’s Best Concerto award. Recordings in 2007 included Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with violinist Min-Jin Kym and the Philharmonia Orchestra (Sony); Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with pianist Yundi Li and the Philharmonia Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon); and a solo recital of operatic favorites with soprano Nicole Cabell and the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Decca), which in 2008 won the Solti Prize from the Académie du Disque Lyrique.
Born in 1944 in Hertfordshire, England, Sir Andrew studied at King’s College, Cambridge, where he was an organ scholar before later studying conducting. His diverse repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary works, and his vast conducting credits span the symphonic, operatic, and choral worlds. In 1992 Sir Andrew was named a Commander of the British Empire for his services to British music, and in 1999 he was made a Knight Bachelor in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.
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