Sir Andrew Davis

1944

Andrew Frank Davis born in Hertfordshire, England.

1954

Begins studying piano.

1959

Begins organ studies with Peter Hurford.

1963

Enters King’s College, Cambridge as Organ Scholar.

1965

Begins studying conducting with George Hurst.

1967–1968

Studies conducting with Franco Ferrara in Rome.

1970

Becomes Associate Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Makes his debut conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London.

1973–1978

Serves as Associate Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra (London).

1978

Leads Toronto Symphony Orchestra on first tour of Communist China: three concerts in Bejing, one to an audience of 26,000 in a stadium, two concerts in Shanghai and two concerts in Guangzhou (formerly Canton).

1984

Meets soprano Gianna Rolandi.

1987

Conducts first performance at Lyric Opera of Chicago (Le nozze di Figaro).

1988

Marries Gianna Rolandi.

1989

Son, Edward, born.

1989–2000

Serves as Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra (the longest-serving Chief Conductor there since its founder, Sir Adrian Boult).

1992

Queen Elizabeth II creates Andrew Davis a Commander of the British Empire (CBE).

1998

Conducts world premiere of Anthony Payne’s realization of Sir Edward Elgar’s Symphony No. 3 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

1999

Queen Elizabeth II appoints Andrew Davis a Knight Bachelor in the New Year Honours List.

2005

Becomes Music Advisor to Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Andrew & Gianna adopt their dog, Lulu.

Leads Ring Cycle to close out Lyric Opera of Chicago's 50th Anniversary Season.

2008

Wins Classic FM Grammophone award for his recording of the Elgar Violin Concerto featuring violinist James Ehnes and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

2012

Sir Andrew's recording of York Bowen's Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 nominated for a 2011 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance.

Receives Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Knox College.

Appointed Chief Conductor of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

2015

Accepts honorary titled of Conductor Emeritus of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

2016

Sir Andrew's recording of Holst's First Choral Symphony: The Mystic Trumpeter, nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance.