Sir Andrew Davis

Chief Conductor

Sir Andrew Davis is the Chief Conductor of MSO (he began his tenure in 2013) and is Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Maestro Davis’ career spans over forty 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), and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (conductor laureate; principal conductor 1975-1988), where he has also been named interim artistic director from 2018-2020. He also 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 the world’s major orchestras, opera companies, and festivals. In the 2017-18 season, he conducts three operas at the Lyric: Wagner’s Die Walküre in a new production of the “Ring” cycle, Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, and Puccini’s Turandot. In addition to his regular and annual commitments with the BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway, Sir Andrew will also perform with the Cincinnati Symphony in the seldom heard Second Symphony composed by the orchestra’s former music director Eugene Goossens, with the Tasmanian Symphony, and at the Edinburgh Festival this summer.

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, Elgar, 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 created a Commander of the British Empire, and in 1999 he was designated a Knight Bachelor in the New Year Honours List. He has an honorary doctorate from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.