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Colin Rex Davis, British conductor.


Davis, Colin Rex was born on September 25, 1927 in Weybridge, England. Son of Reginald George and Lilian (Colbran) Davis.


Student, Royal College Music, London, 1944—1946. Student, Royal College Music, London, 1948—1949. Doctor of Music, Royal Academy Music, London, 2002.

Doctor of Music, Keele University, United Kingdom, 2002. Docteur (honorary), La Sorbonne, 2006.


Assistant conductor British Broadcasting Corporation, Scottish Orchestra, 1957-1959. Museum director Sadler's Wells Opera Company, London, 1961-1965. Music director Royal Opera House, Convent Garden, 1971-1986.

Chief conductor British Broadcasting Corporation Symphony Orchestra, 1967-1971, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, 1983-1992. Principal guest conductor Boston Symphony, 1972-1984, London Symphony Orchestra, 1975-1995, president, since 2007. Principal conductor London Symphony, 1995—2007.

Agent Cami, New York. Principal guest conductor New York Philharmonic, 1998-2003. Honorary conductor Dresden Staatskapelle, 1990.


Married April Cantelo, 1949 (divorced 1964). 2 children; Married Ashraf Naini, 1964. 5 children.

Reginald George Davis

Lilian (Colbran) Davis

April Cantelo

Ashraf Naini