Gareth Davies - Flautist

“He was stunning. Davies is a most accomplished player…subtle tonal variety and elegant shaping of phrase was the order of the day… a career is already well in the making.”




Gareth Davies studied at the Guildhall school of Music and Drama where he gained the highest marks in his year and won the Laurie Kennedy Memorial prize. At the age of 22, shortly after graduating he was appointed Principal flute with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. During his time on the South coast, he recorded the Nielsen flute concerto on the Naxos label. In 2000 he was invited to join the London Symphony Orchestra as Principal Flute. In the LSO he has performed as a soloist with Sir Colin Davis and Daniel Harding across Europe, and in 2004, the centenary year, he performed and recorded Quirk by Karl Jenkins, a concertante written especially for him.

Gareth loves the variety of work which being a member of the orchestra entails. He has worked with most of the great maestri of our times, Gergiev, Colin Davis, Previn, Maazel, Janssons, Boulez, Rostropovitch and Haitink to name a few. He has visited so many different places he has lost count, this year already he has been to France, Spain, Germany, Luxembourg, China, India and will soon be off to Japan for the 8th time.

He gives masterclasses around the world as well as part of the LSO/Guildhall Centre for Orchestra, you can even find him on the internet as part of the groundbreaking YouTube Symphony Orchestra. He is a keen supporter of LSO Discovery, the education and outreach programme which has been running for 20 years and enjoys coaching music college students as much as working with young people from the Olympic boroughs.

Gareth has also written many articles for the press including Classic FM magazine and has broadcast on Radio 3 and presented some of the proms for BBC 4 Television. He is responsible for the popular LSO on tour blog where you can read about the ups and downs of life on the road with the orchestra. His writing was recently featured in the Guardian and Telegraph newspapers as well as in Why Mahler? The new book by music commentator Norman Lebrecht. He was recently made a fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Gareth plays an Altus AL flute

"We are very excited to have Gareth on board as a proud owner of Altus flute. He is a wonderful, friendly, and funny character, and will definitely make your flute festival very interesting." Yen-I Hsieh, Altus Co., Ltd

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