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Davis, Oliver (b1972)

Oliver Davis

born: 1972
country: United Kingdom

Oliver Davis graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 1994 and has since composed numerous concertos, ballet scores, albums, soundtracks and television scores working with many of the major London orchestras. His first ballet collaboration with Erico Montes was the three-movement ballet Within the Hours premiered by members of the Royal Ballet at the Linbury, ROH. Deborah Crane commented on the ‘beautiful new music by Oliver Davis’, in a review for The Times.

Davis’ debut album Flight, recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra with soloist Kerenza Peacock, was released in March 2015 and quickly rose to number 2 in the UK Specialist Classical Charts with 5 Star reviews in both the UK and US. In addition it was chosen as Featured Album of the Week on Classic FM and was broadcast daily on the station. Several pieces from the album Flight have been used for a 25-minute ballet choreographed by Ma Cong for the Tulsa Ballet Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After the release of Flight came Davis’ second album Seasons in October 2015. This album featured his work Anno, a contemporary take on Vivaldi’s Quattro Stagioni. This album also charted in the UK top 10 and was Album of the Week on Classic FM and in the Mail on Sunday. His latest album Dance was recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road studios and was released in September 2016, with Classic FM giving it a world exclusive play on the John Suchet show. This too became Classic FM’s Album of the Week and featured in their ‘Best of 2016’ show.

Choreographers around the world have chosen to choreograph to Davis’ music. Recent examples include Edwaard Liang’s 13th Heaven premiered by Singapore Dance Theatre and Secrets choreographed by Erico Montes and premiered by The Royal Ballet. 2018 sees performances of several new ballets using scores by Davis, including The Infinite Ocean by Edwaard Liang for San Francisco Ballet and a new work by Peter Walker for New York City Ballet.

from notes by Signum Classics © 2018


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