“His view of Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 in F Major, which opened the program, could not have been more radiant. He led without a baton, emphasizing the lyrical quality of this music. His sense of joy was evident from the opening. There was a clarity to his direction that allowed each inner theme and orchestral solo to emerge, and each musical phrase to breathe.”
“Conducting the fourth opera of his Lyric podium marathon this fall, Davis summons incisive playing from his well-prepared orchestra and full-blooded singing from director Michael Black’s finely disciplined chorus.”
“Andrew Davis’s gloriously pliant conducting evinces total conviction”
“While Chicago audiences know Davis primarily for his Lyric Opera work, the conductor is often just as inspired in orchestral programs. Such was the case here, with Davis drawing resplendent, multihued playing from the CSO musicians.”
Chicago Classical Review
One of today’s most recognized and acclaimed conductors, Sir Andrew Davis’s career spans more than 40 years during which he has been the musical and artistic leader at several of the world’s most distinguished opera and symphonic institutions including Lyric Opera of Chicago (Music Director and Principal Conductor, 2000-2021), BBC Symphony Orchestra (Conductor Laureate; Chief Conductor, 1991–2004), Glyndebourne Festival Opera (Music Director, 1988–2000), Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Conductor Laureate; Chief Conductor, 2013-2019), and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Conductor Laureate; Principal Conductor, 1975–1988). He also holds the honorary title of Conductor Emeritus from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Sir Andrew has conducted virtually all of the world’s major orchestras, opera companies, and festivals.
Born in 1944 in Hertfordshire, England, Maestro Davis studied at King’s College, Cambridge, where he was an organ scholar before taking up conducting. His wide-ranging repertoire encompasses the Baroque to contemporary and spans the symphonic, operatic, and choral worlds. A vast and award-winning discography documents Sir Andrew’s artistry, with recent CDs including the works of Berlioz, Bliss, Elgar (winner of the 2018 Diapason d’Or de l’Année – Musique Symphonique), Finzi, Grainger, Delius, Ives, Holst, Handel (nominated for a 2018 GRAMMY® for Best Choral Performance), Massenet (winner of the 2021 JUNO Award – Best Classical Album), and York Bowen (nominated for a 2012 GRAMMY® – Best Orchestral Performance). He currently records exclusively for Chandos Records.
In 1992, Maestro Davis was made a Commander of the British Empire, and in 1999 he was designated a Knight Bachelor in the New Year Honours List.