The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has announced that English conductor, organist and harpsichordist Sir Andrew Davis has been appointed to the position of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director from January 2013.
Sydney audiences can take in a preview of this artistic collaboration when the MSO performs at the Sydney Opera House with its Chief Conductor elect at the end of June.
Sir Andrew Davis was born in 1944 and studied at the Royal College of Music in London, at King’s College, Cambridge, where he was an organ scholar and at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome.
His appointments have been with the BBC Scottish SO, the Royal Liverpool PO, the Toronto SO, the BBC SO, Glyndebourne Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He has also made regular appearances at the Proms.
His repertoire includes opera and choral works, ranging from the classics to the contemporary. He’s a passionate advocate of music by British composer and is a specialist in the works of Elgar and Tippett. Mozart, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Janáček, Shostakovich, Delius, Vaughan-Williams and Richard Strauss are all composers whose readings by him are of special note.
Sir Andrew’s plans for the MSO include a focus on the symphonies of Gustav Mahler, the tone poems of Richard Strauss and the orchestral music of Hector Berlioz. International and digital release recordings are planned the Chandos label.
Read the announcement by the MSO and Sir Andrew at:
Gramophone’s covergae of the appointment: