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It has been announced that Sir Andrew Davis has been appointed as the new chief conductor and artistic director for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Sir Andrew will take up the position in January 2013 for four years.
The appointment offers Australia’s second largest orchestra a sense of security. It has been without a chief conductor since Oleg Caetani left in 2009.
His new role adds to the long list of impressive credits to Sir Andrew’s name. He is currently the music director and principal conductor of the world-renowned Lyric Opera of Chicago. His contract there was recently extended through the 2020 – 21 season.
Sir Andrew is also conductor laureate of both the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and has also served as the music director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
His impressive track record includes conducting the leading orchestras of Chicago, London, Paris, Belin and Amsterdam among many others. He was awarded a CBE in 1992 and was knighted in the 1999 New Year Honours List.