Sir Colin Davis


Sir Colin Davis at the Classical Brits 2008

Sir Colin Davis was a celebrated British conductor. Formerly The Royal Opera’s music director, he also became the London Symphony Orchestra's longest serving Principal Conductor.

Life and Music

  • A former orchestral clarinetist, studying at the Royal College of Music in London, Davis worked his way steadily to prominence as a conductor of much versatility and dynamism, building up a world reputation in the music of Mozart and Berlioz.
  • Davis was for many years The Royal Opera’s music director, and he is a former holder of major posts at the BBC Symphony, Boston Symphony and Bavarian Radio Symphony orchestras.
  • He received a Knighthood in 1980.
  • From 1992-2006 he was the London Symphony Orchestra’s principal conductor, where he has happily developed the brand of spacious grandeur that he increasingly brings to his performances.
  • He is also a long-standing champion of modern composers, notably Michael Tippett.  He became President of the LSO on 1 January 2007.

Did you know?
Sir Colin won a great deal of awards throughout his career including Classical Brit Awards and the Grammy Award in 2006 for Best Opera for his LSO Live recording of Verdi's Falstaff.

Haydn: Die Schöpfung (The Creation)




Top Colin Davis Pieces