Victor Davies

Board of Directors

Victor Davies

Composer, pianist and conductor Victor Davies studied conducting with Pierre Boulez and at the University of Manitoba and Indiana University where he received a degree in composition. 
 
Davies’ music, aimed at a wide audience, is melodic and brilliantly orchestrated. At home in the concert hall, theatre or recording studio, his music is heard around the world – live, via recordings, and through film and television (he won a Gemini Award for best documentary score in 2002). His works range from music and lyrics for 600 songs for the CTV children’s series Let’s Go! and The Rockets to jazz concertos for organ, piano, and violin, to chamber music, to his major oratorio for soloists, chorus and orchestra, Revelation. His many theatre works include a rock opera, (Beowulf); the musical Especially Babe (Toronto Theatre Festival); The Musical Circus, (Zagreb Biennial), The Big Top, commissioned by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (with 50 performances and a TV special shown world wide), theme song for Famous People Players Broadway show, a comic operetta Earnest, The Importance of Being, and an opera, Transit Of Venus.
 
Davies has written film/media scores in a variety of styles for CBC, NFB, CTV, Global, and many independent productions including international award-winning films The Last Winter (Fox Video), The Nutcracker Prince (Warner Bros.) and For the Moment (20th Century Fox). He also composed and performed with his own “third stream” jazz group.  Davies’ best-known work, The Mennonite Piano Concerto, was commissioned by the Fast Foundation and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra.
 
Victor Davies has conducted the Winnipeg, Edmonton and Kitchener-Waterloo symphonies and is the conductor of his own film and television scores. He was musical director and composer for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1999 Pan American Games. Current projects include-  a violin concerto, choral works and two operas.  He has served as president of the Canadian League of Composers and as a board member of the Canadian Music Centre and the Screen Composers Guild of Canada. He is currently chair of the Tariff, Licensing and Distribution Committee of the Board of SOCAN.