Sir Colin Davis will become President of the LSO in January 2007. He has been Principal Conductor since 1995, the longest serving Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra in its history. Sir Colin will continue to work with the Orchestra for ten weeks a year. In his time as Principal Conductor, Sir Colin has conducted the LSO in peerless concert performances of opera which have included Berliozís The Trojans, Benjamin Brittenís Peter Grimes, Saint-SaÎnsí Samson and Delilah and Verdiís Falstaff. His festivals of the music of Sibelius, Elgar, Berlioz, Czech music, and most recently Tippett and Beethoven have been dramatic highlights of the LSOís artistic achievements under his leadership.
Many of Sir Colinís performances with the LSO have been recorded in performance for LSO Live, the Orchestraís highly successful award-winning own CD label. Recent releases include Verdiís Falstaff, a series of Sibelius Symphonies, Dvorak Symphonies, The Trojans, which received two Grammy Awards, Peter Grimes and Falstaff.
New music has also featured at the heart of Sir Colinís work with the LSO. In 1995 he conducted the world premiere of Tippettís The Rose Lake, in 1996 Cello Concertos by Colin Matthews and James MacMillan with Mstislav Rostropovich as soloist, in 1998 Michael Berkeleyís Secret Garden, in 1999 Pendereckiís Violin Concerto No 2 with Anne-Sophie Mutter soloist, and most recently a Centenary Sinfonia Concertante written for three Principals of the LSO by Richard Bissill.
He has toured worldwide with the LSO, visiting New York many times in the Orchestraís annual residency at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, touring extensively in Europe, in Japan in March 2004, and most recently opening the Prague Spring Festival with a performance of Smetanaís Ma Vlast. He will close the Centenary celebrations of the LSO on July 13 2005 with a performance of Verdiís Requiem in St Paulís Cathedral in the City of London Festival.
In the 2004-2005 season he appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, and ended the season with Straussís Ariadne auf Naxos at the Royal Opera House, the LSO Centenary Gala Concert and Brittenís War Requiem at the Proms with the LSO. This season Sir Colin has conducted the LSO in Beethovenís Ninth Symphony at St Paulís Cathedral and performances of all the Beethoven Piano Concertos with the LSO and Evgeny Kissin. He has conducted the Concertgebouw, the Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphonie Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and the Orchestre National de France.
On becoming President of the LSO, Sir Colin said:
It is a very great honour to become the President of the LSO. I am really delighted that they have chosen Valery Gergiev as their next Principal Conductor and I wish him as much pleasure in this position as I have experienced myself.
Clive Gillinson, Managing Director, said:
It has been one of the great privileges of my life to work in partnership with Sir Colin throughout all my time as the Manager of the LSO, especially for his time as the Orchestra's Principal Conductor. In this time, Sir Colin has given us a truly remarkable era of music-making, and the LSO without Sir Colin is unimaginable. He has also been a constant musical and personal inspiration to all of us. It is therefore with great pleasure that the LSO welcomes him as the orchestra's President, a very rarely bestowed title in the LSO's history, and a very fitting one for the LSO's beloved and longest ever serving Principal Conductor.


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