Following a long-standing and highly successful relationship with the MSO, Sir Andrew Davis was appointed Conductor Laureate in 2020 following his six-year tenure as Chief Conductor. With a career spanning more than forty years, Sir Andrew Davis is one of the most recognized and acclaimed conductors of his time having held notable artistic titles with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Maestro Davis's career spans more than 40 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 is also the interim Artistic Director (2018-2020). He also holds the honorary title of Conductor Emeritus from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
One of today's most recognised and acclaimed conductors, Sir Andrew Davis has conducted virtually all the world's major orchestras, opera companies, and festivals. In the 2017-18 season, he conducted 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.
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 Davis's artistry, with recent CDs including the works of Berlioz, Elgar, Grainger, Delius, Ives, Holst, Handel (nominated for a 2018 GRAMMY® Award 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, Sir Andrew Davis was made 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.