Andrew Davis extends contract at Melbourne Symphony through 2019

Posted on: July 28, 2015

“British conductor Andrew Davis won’t have to pass the baton anytime soon following a contract extension that will keep him at the helm of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as chief conductor until 2019,” writes Simone Fox Koob in Tuesday’s (7/28) Australian. “Yesterday’s announcement comes 2 1/2 years after Davis began the role in early 2013. He has since led the MSO on a European tour, performing sold-out concerts in London, Amsterdam and at the Edinburgh Festival, and began the triumphant Mahler symphony cycle. Davis … says he is thrilled with the extension. ‘The orchestra and I have a wonderful relationship, and I am delighted to be able to continue my partnership with these brilliant and dedicated musicians,’ he says…. Davis will conduct the orchestra throughout August in a program featuring Strauss, Rachmaninov, a special performance with soprano Renée Fleming and a concert featuring pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.” In a prepared statement, MSO Managing Director André Gremillet said, “Sir Andrew’s leadership has been an inspiration to us all. His artistic vision, musicianship, and deep commitment have galvanized the orchestra.” Davis is conductor laureate of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and music director and principal conductor of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Posted July 28, 2015