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

Sir Andrew 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 receives Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Knox College