Sir Andrew Davis
Sir Andrew Davis has served as the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Lyric Opera of Chicago since 2000. Maestro Davis’ career spans over 45 years during which he has been the musical and artistic leader at several of the world’s most distinguished opera and symphonic institutions, including the 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), where he also served as Interim Artistic Director through 2020. In addition, he holds the honorary title of Conductor Emeritus from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
One of today’s most recognized and acclaimed conductors, 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 recordings including the works of Massenet, Goossens, 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), and York Bowen (nominated for a 2012 GRAMMY® for 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.