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Colin Davis

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Age 96
Birthday September 251927
Birth Sign Libra
City England
Country England
Profession Conductor

Colin Davis is a famous Conductor, born on September 25, 1927 in United Kingdom. As of December 2022, Colin Davis’s net worth is $5 Million. Taking his music across the pond, he conducted the LSO during their residency at the Lincoln Center in New York and received two Grammy Awards for his recordings.

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Spouse Ashraf Naini (m. 1964–2010), April Cantelo (m. 1949–1964)
Children(s) Joseph Wolfe, Suzanne Davis, Yalda Davis, Sheida Davis, Christopher Davis

Colin Davis Biography

Legendary conductor who led the London Symphony Orchestra for 11 years and inspired audiences with his translations of Mozart and Berlioz. Sir Colin Rex Davis CH CBE (25 September 1927 – 14 April 2013) was an English conductor, known for his association with the London Symphony Orchestra, having first conducted it in 1959. His repertoire was broad, but among the composers with whom he was particularly associated were Mozart, Berlioz, Elgar, Sibelius, Stravinsky and Tippett..

He was married to April Cantelo from 1949 until 1964. He then married Ashraf Naini in 1964 until 2010. He was survived by his five children.

In 1949, Davis married the soprano April Cantelo. They had two children, Suzanne and Christopher. Their marriage ended in 1964, and in that same year, Davis married Ashraf Naini, known as Shamsi. To satisfy both the Iranian and British authorities, the couple were married three times, once in Iran and twice in the UK, in the Iranian Embassy in London as well as in a UK civil ceremony; they had five children. One of their children is the conductor Joseph Wolfe, who chose a different surname, because he wanted to “create some space to grow and develop my own identity as a musician.”

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Following compulsory military service and completing his studies at college, Davis served as a clarinettist in the band of the Life Guards. Stationed at Windsor, he had continual opportunities to attend concerts in London under conductors including Sir Thomas Beecham and Bruno Walter. In 1949, he began his career as a freelance musician (the “freelance wilderness”, in his own phrase) where he remained until 1957. His first conducting work was with the Kalmar Orchestra, which he co-founded with other former students of the Royal College. He was subsequently invited to conduct the recently founded Chelsea Opera Group in Don Giovanni. In the early years of his career, he also took some engagements as an orchestral clarinettist. What seemed at first to be a full-time conducting appointment, for the Original Ballet Russe in 1952, ended abruptly after three months, when the company collapsed. In between sparse conducting engagements, Davis worked as a coach and lecturer, including spells at the Cambridge University Musical Society and the Bryanston Summer School, where a performance of L’enfance du Christ awakened his love of Berlioz’s music.

Colin Davis Net Worth

Colin Davis is one of the richest Conductor & listed on most popular Conductor. According to our analysis, Wikipedia, Forbes & Business Insider, Colin Davis‘s net worth $5 Million.

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Though he dreamed of conducting from an early age, he was then too short tempered to put in the work to achieve it.

Following compulsory military service and completing his studies at college, Davis served as a clarinettist in the band of the Life Guards. Stationed at Windsor, he had continual opportunities to attend concerts in London under conductors including Sir Thomas Beecham and Bruno Walter. In 1949, he began his career as a freelance musician (the “freelance wilderness”, in his own phrase) where he remained until 1957. His first conducting work was with the Kalmar Orchestra, which he co-founded with other former students of the Royal College. He was subsequently invited to conduct the recently founded Chelsea Opera Group in Don Giovanni. In the early years of his career, he also took some engagements as an orchestral clarinettist. What seemed at first to be a full-time conducting appointment, for the Original Ballet Russe in 1952, ended abruptly after three months, when the company collapsed. In between sparse conducting engagements, Davis worked as a coach and lecturer, including spells at the Cambridge University Musical Society and the Bryanston Summer School, where a performance of L’enfance du Christ awakened his love of Berlioz’s music.

He studied as a clarinettist, but was intent on becoming a conductor. After struggles as a freelance conductor from 1949 to 1957, he gained a series of appointments with orchestras including the BBC Scottish Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. He also held the musical directorships of Sadler’s Wells Opera and the Royal Opera House, where he was principal conductor for over fifteen years. His guest conductorships included the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the Dresden Staatskapelle, among many others.

His first breakthrough came in 1957 when, at his third attempt, he secured the post of assistant conductor of the BBC Scottish Orchestra (now the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra). The chief conductor of the orchestra generally chose to conduct the standard repertoire pieces himself, and left Davis with modern works and non-standard repertoire works, including those of Berlioz. By 1959, Davis had developed to the extent that, after a concert of Stravinsky and Mozart with the London Mozart Players, the chief music critic of The Observer, Peter Heyworth, wrote, “Mr Davis conducted two works in a manner that showed that he is not only outstanding among our younger conductors, but probably the best we have produced since Sir Thomas Beecham, his senior by forty-eight years.”

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Davis first found wide acclaim when he stood in for an ill Otto Klemperer in a performance of Don Giovanni, at the Royal Festival Hall in 1959. A year later, Beecham invited him to collaborate with him in preparing The Magic Flute at Glyndebourne. Beecham was taken ill, and Davis conducted the opera. After the Don Giovanni, The Times wrote, “A superb conductor of Mozart declared himself last night at the Festival Hall…. Mr Davis emerged as a conductor ripe for greatness.” Neville Cardus in The Guardian was less enthusiastic but nevertheless considered that he “had his triumphs” in the performance. After The Magic Flute, The Times called Davis “master of Mozart’s idiom, style and significance”, although Heyworth in The Observer was disappointed by his tempi, judging them to be too slow.

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Ranked on the list of most popular Conductor. Also ranked in the elit list of famous celebrity born in United Kingdom. Colin Davis celebrates birthday on September 25 of every year.

Davis’s discography is extensive, numbering over 300 recordings. He made his first record in 1958 conducting the Sinfonia of London in performances of Mozart’s Symphonies 29 and 39 for World Record Club (TZ 130). This was followed on 8 May 1959 by a recording made in Kingsway Hall, London, for Decca with the New Symphony Orchestra of London and pianist Peter Katin performing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor Op. 18. He made several records for the small independent label L’Oiseau Lyre, including a 1960 L’enfance du Christ and a 1962 Béatrice et Bénédict which, at April 2013, were both still available on CD. For EMI he made both operatic and orchestral recordings, the former with Sadler’s Wells forces, including excerpts from Carmen and a complete Oedipus rex, and the latter including Harold in Italy with Yehudi Menuhin, and what remains one of his best-known recordings, a 1961 Beethoven Seventh Symphony.

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In the 1960s, Davis signed as an exclusive artist for Philips Records, with whom he made an extensive range of recordings in the symphonic repertoire and many operatic recordings, including the major Mozart operas; operas by Tippett, Britten, Verdi and Puccini; and a comprehensive survey of the operas of Berlioz, culminating in an award-winning first recording of the complete Les Troyens issued in May 1970.

In 1960, Davis made his début at the Proms in a programme of Britten, Schumann, Mozart and Berlioz. In the same year, he was appointed chief conductor of Sadler’s Wells Opera, and in 1961 he was made musical director of the company, with whom he built up a large repertoire of operas, conducting in London and on tour. Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians wrote of this period, “He excelled in Idomeneo, The Rake’s Progress and Oedipus rex, and Fidelio; his Wagner, Verdi and Puccini were less successful. He introduced Weill’s Mahagonny, and Pizzetti’s Assassinio nella cattedrale to the British public and conducted the première of Bennett’s The Mines of Sulphur (1965).” Together with the stage director Glen Byam Shaw, he worked to present operas in a way that gave due weight to the drama as well as the music. In his early years, Davis was known as something of a firebrand with a short fuse in rehearsals, and his departure from Sadler’s Wells in 1965 was not without acrimony.

Davis was appointed CBE in 1965, knighted in 1980 and appointed Companion of Honour in 2001. He was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s gold medal in 1995, the Queen’s Medal for Music, 2009, and has numerous international awards, including Commendatore of the Republic of Italy, 1976; Commander’s Cross, Order of Merit (Germany), 1987; Commandeur, l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France), 1990; Commander, Order of the Lion (Finland), 1992; Order of Merit (Bavaria), 1993; Officier, Légion d’honneur (France), 1999 (Chevalier, 1982); Order of Maximilian (Bavaria), 2000.

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