Gareth Davies was born on the 11th of December 1971 in London. From a young age, Davies showed promise as he played the flute, taking his skill with him to the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. While studying at the school, he made his debut performance in the Park Lane series at the Purcell Room. After graduation, at the age of 23, he was appointed the principal flute of the Bournemouth Symphony and became the youngest person to do so. Although, after only five years with the symphony, he left to take up the positions of principal flute with the London Symphony Orchestra and Professor of Flute at the Royal College of Music.
During his time with the London Symphony Orchestra, he has played and recorded with various extraordinary conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, Previn, Rostropovich, Boulez, Haitink and Gergiev. Karl Jenkins wrote a concerto specifically for Davies. As a live musician, he can be heard as part of Daphnis and Chloe, Prelude a l’apres midi and a variety of movie soundtracks such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, Rise of the Guardians and The Twilight Saga.
As well as being a performing artist, Davies is also an in-demand teacher. He regularly teaches at a variety of London Music Colleges and has a piccolo masterclass that he teaches worldwide. Every four years, Davies can be found at the LSO Woodwind Academy, as one of its directors, where he trains exceptional students in more orchestral environments.
Davies has also worked as a writer and presenter, having written for the LSO, BBC and a series interviewing musicians such as Sir Colin Davis, Gergiev, Nikolaj Zneider and Michael Tilson Thomas. His debut novel, The Show Must Go On, details the history of the London Symphony Orchestra.
Did You Know?
As part of the LSO Academy, Gareth Davies works with a variety of schools around London. His teachings culminated in a performance with the students at the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony.
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