Sir Andrew Davis is one of today's most recognized and acclaimed conductors. He has been Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Lyric Opera of Chicago since 2000, and Chief Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 2013.
In the 2019–20 season, Davis conducts three full cycles of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Lyric Opera, as well as Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame. In addition to his regular performances with the Melbourne and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, the BBC Symphony and the BBC Philharmonic, this season Davis also conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra in his own arrangement of Handel’s Messiah.
Maestro Davis has been the artistic leader at several of the world's most distinguished institutions, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Conductor Laureate and Chief Conductor from 1991–2004), Glyndebourne Festival Opera (Music Director 1988–2000), and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Conductor Laureate and Principal Conductor from 1975–1988), where he serves as interim Artistic Director from 2018–2020. He also holds the honorary title of Conductor Emeritus from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 1992, Maestro Davis was created a Commander of the British Empire, and in 1999 he was designated a Knight Bachelor in the New Year Honours List.
Praised by the Chicago Tribune as “a first-rate artist of real musical command, vitality, brilliance and intensity,” violinist Karen Gomyo continues to captivate audiences worldwide.
Upcoming highlights include debuts with the Dresden Philharmonic, Zagreb Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Singapore Symphony and the Malaysian Philharmonic.
In May 2018, Gomyo performed the world premiere of Samuel Adams’ new Chamber Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen, to great critical acclaim. The work was written for her and commissioned by the CSO to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its MusicNow series.
Karen Gomyo has worked with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Vancouver Symphony, Philharmonia London, the City of Birmingham Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Vienna Chamber Orchestra and Danish National Symphony, among many others, with such conductors as Sir Andrew Davis, Jaap van Zweden, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Slatkin, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Louis Langrée, Pinchas Zukerman, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Jakub Hrůša, Cristian Măcaleru and Thomas Søndergård.
Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) plays a vital role in the city’s dynamic cultural life. As one of Canada’s most respected arts organizations, the TSO is committed to serving local and national communities through vibrant performances and expansive educational activities. The TSO connects younger generations with orchestral music through TSOUNDCHECK, the original under-35 ticket program; School Concerts, performed for over 40,000 students annually; and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO), which offers high-level tuition-free orchestral training for talented young musicians aged 22 and under.
With a notable recording and broadcast history complementing international touring engagements, the TSO is a unique musical ambassador for Canada around the world. Sir Andrew Davis serves as Interim Artistic Director in 2019–20 – the TSO’s 98th season – prior to the arrival of acclaimed Spanish conductor Gustavo Gimeno as the Orchestra’s 11th Music Director in the 2020–21 season.
Born in 1979
Canadian composer Emilie Cecilia LeBel specializes in concert music composition, the creation of mixed works that employ digital technologies, and intermedia concert works. Described as having a “deft compositional hand, unwilling to hurry ideas,” and “impressively subtle and sensuous,” her work inhabits sonic worlds that are primarily concerned with textural landscapes, resonance, and variances in colour.
LeBel completed her Doctorate in composition at the University of Toronto in 2013, under the guidance of Gary Kulesha and Robin Elliott, and recently returned home to Canada after teaching at the University of Montana for three years. She is based in Edmonton, Alberta, where she is Assistant Professor at MacEwan University; and frequently returns home to Toronto for her position as Affiliate Composer with the TSO.
Her compositions have been performed and recorded across North and South America, Europe and the U.K., by Mark Takeshi McGregor, Women on the Verge, Ultraviolet, Duo Nyans, Vancouver Symphony, Cecilia String Quartet, Quatuor Bozzini, Arditti Quartet, Land’s End Ensemble, Luciane Cardassi, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Thin Edge New Music Collective, Onyx Trio, 21C Festival, Winnipeg New Music Festival and junctQín keyboard collective, among others. Her artistic practice has been recognized through numerous awards, including the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award (2015), and the Canadian Federation of University Women’s Elizabeth Massey Award (2012). She has also received support through the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, The Banff Centre, Canadian Music Centre, University of Toronto, University of Montana and the SOCAN Foundation.