One of the leading English conductors from the late 20th and early 21st centuries, Andrew Davis has conducted symphonic and operatic repertory with equal distinction and received praise for his performances of the music of British composers, particularly the works of Vaughan Williams, Elgar, and especially Michael Tippett. Davis took to the keyboard early on, and his first serious studies came with his enrollment at the Royal College of Music in London, followed by further instruction at King's College, Cambridge, where he excelled in organ performance and scholarship. The young Davis was gradually drawn toward conducting, studying with Franco Ferrara at Rome's Academy of St. Cecilia. His first major position came in 1970, when he was appointed associate conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, a post he held for two years.
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