Edinburgh replaces Andrew Davis

Edinburgh replaces Andrew Davis


norman lebrecht

July 29, 2021

The Edinburgh International Festival has found a replacement for Sir Andrew Davis, who has has withdrawn from conducting Ariadne auf Naxos on 25, 27 and 29 August.

Lothar Koenig, former music director of Welsh National Opera, has jumped in.




  • Player says:

    Hasn’t he changed jobs during the pandemic and become a market gardener or cyber expert or something?

  • Donna Pasquale says:

    What a cheap headline. Sir Andrew Davis’ wife died and he was unable to take part in this series of performances. Shame on you. Shame on me for actually visiting this tawdry website .
    No longer.

  • Una says:

    Very sad time for Andrew losing his wife.

  • Una says:

    Poor Andrew Davis. Grief is a horrible thing. Do hope he’ll back soon. Will miss him enormously in England conducting at the Proms.

  • Mark Mortimer says:

    I won’t miss him much- very sorry to hear of his wife’s passing. He was brilliant as a young man- particularly his spell in Canada with The Toronto orchestra. But his deranged Brigadier routine at the Last Night was irritating, insincere & predictable. Capable of the odd inspired performance but’s he’s rather greedily hogged The Proms gigs for the last 3 decades when many equally deserving British conductors could have done an equally good job. Cheers.

    • Saxon says:

      Rattle doesn’t want to do the Last Night, and I can imagine there are many others who don’t want to do it either.

  • Alexander Platt says:

    Lothan Koenigs is a splendid conductor and a wonderful human being and notwithstanding the sad circumstances of his being hired in this particular instance, I congratulate him.