Victor Davies, Composer

Winnipeg-born pianist and conductor Victor Davies is one of Canada’s outstanding composers. His works have been heard live and on record and have been broadcast and televised worldwide. His music ranges from opera, musical theatre, ballet, choral music, symphony, and chamber music to children’s songs for television. Mr. Davies has also written scores for radio, film, and TV including work for CBC, CTV, NFB, PBS, 20th Century Fox, and Warner Bros.

Now based in Toronto, Mr. Davies studied at the University of Manitoba from which he received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws and Indiana University. In 2014 he received an Order of Canada (C.M.): “Victor Davies is a fierce supporter of Canada’s creative musical community and one our most beloved composers.”

  • The Ecstasy Of Rita Joe (an opera)

    (music and libretto adapted by Victor Davies from the George Ryga play) continues to sing ahead! 

    Click here for the full review

    In March 2018, the Voice Box/Opera In Concert Toronto semi staged production received standing ovations. Reviewed by Ian Richie in Opera Going Toronto: “Davies has produced a score of sweeping breadth and emotion, brilliantly articulated, instantly accessible”

    This was followed by an equally well received concert version at Ryga Fest in Summerland BC in August 2018 with standing ovations A full production with an orchestra of thirteen is hoped will take place in Western Canada ...

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  • A Tale of Two Cities (an opera)

    Music by Victor Davies, libretto by Eugene Benson – is based on the beloved novel by Charles Dickens.

    Set in London and Paris two love stories unfold driven by the powerful emotions of the characters of Dickens’ story. It is a saga of love and passion, hatred and revenge, cruelty and self sacrifice played out against the turbulent background of the French Revolution, which tells the story of a man who dies on the guillotine to save the life of his ...

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  • Jazz Concerto for Organ & Orchestra

    JAZZ Concerto for Organ & Orchestra had its US premiere at Salt Lake City Utah in the Mormon Tabernacle’s Temple Square Conference Centre. 

    Richard Elliott, Principal Tabernacle Organist, played the 4th Movement, Hot Pipes (Ragging the Pipes!) on one of the largest and best sounding organs in the world, conducted by Musical Director Mack Wilberg as part of their Pioneer Commemoration Concert, July 18-19, 2014, at 8:00 p.m.

    Hot Pipes (Ragging The Pipes!) The organ and orchestra play an unabashedly “hot” ragtime tune, exchanging many tried and true ragtime licks, each more fancy than the last until, challenged by the organ, each section of ...

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  • Earnest, The Importance of Being

      

    Join us for Victor Davies & Eugene Benson’s sparkling drawing room comedy Earnest, The Importance of Being, an operetta, based on Oscar Wilde’s play The Importance of being Earnest, returning again to Toronto Operetta Theatre, as the finale to their 30th anniversary celebrations April 29th, May 1,2,3, 2015.

    Visit torontooperetta.com for more information.

    Tickets available through St. Lawrence Centre Box Office 416-366-7723 or 1-800-708-6754 or visit stlc.com

    Check out more information on Earnest, The Importance of Being by clicking here

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  • Silhouettes

    Silhouettes by the Franklin Trio:
    Multiple performances Sept 23rd & September 29/19 for the Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians’ Day of Music celebrations. Kimberley Fisher: Violinist, 2nd Principal chair Philadelphia Orchestra.

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  • The Mennonite Concerto in Kansas City

    Winnipeg-born pianist and conductor Victor Davies is one of Canada’s outstanding composers. His works have been heard live and on record and have been broadcast and televised worldwide. His music ranges from opera, musical theatre, ballet, choral music, symphony, and chamber music to children’s songs for television. Mr. Davies has also written scores for radio, film, and TV including work for CBC, CTV, NFB, PBS, 20th Century Fox, and Warner Bros.

    Now based in Toronto, Mr. Davies studied at the University of Manitoba from which he received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws and Indiana University.

    Davies: Mennonite Piano Concerto:
    July 4th, 2019 ...

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  • Berceuse (for Livia returns!)

    And Livia herself also returns! Now 20 years old and living in Brazil, we just had a request from her mother to send Livia her christening music in a new arrangement for flute and piano! (Also available as a piano solo, and for flute and guitar!!) She and her mother were delighted to make their reaquaintnace with this important piece of music in their lives! Commissioned by Liva’s grandfather Theordore Arcand for her christening in the family chapel in Umbria!

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  • Continents in Latvia

    Continents in Latvia
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