GRAMMY Winner Colin Davis Dies

Conductor dies at 85
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    Colin Davis
April 15, 2013 -- 12:56 pm PDT

GRAMMY-winning conductor Colin Davis died April 14 following a brief illness. He was 85. Davis is considered one of the world's most recognized conductors of the latter half of the 20th century and is best-known for his recordings of Berlioz, Mozart and Sibelius. He served as conductor for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Munich's Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. He was the longest-serving principal conductor in the history of the London Symphony, for whom he first conducted in 1959 and served as principal conductor from 1995–2006. He became the orchestra's president in 2007. Throughout his career, Davis garnered 33 GRAMMY nominations and 10 wins, including six for Best Opera Recording. His most recent win came in 2005 for Best Opera Recording for Verdi: Falstaff with the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. "He was a passionate orchestra leader whose stellar career lasted more than half a century and inspired numerous fellow musicians," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow.

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