Ivan Davis

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See also Ivan Davis (politician) for the unionist in Northern Ireland.

Ivan Roy Davis, Jr. (born February 4, 1932 in Electra, Texas), is an American classical pianist.

Early life[edit]

Davis received his Bachelor of Music in 1952 from University of North Texas College of Music,[1] and an Artist's Diploma, as a Fulbright Scholar, from the Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome. He won second prize in the 1956[2] and 1957 Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition and first prize in the 1958 St. Cecilia Piano Competition. In April 1960, Davis won the Franz Liszt Competition at Town Hall, New York City.[3][4] Davis studied under Silvio Scionti, Carlo Zecchi and Vladimir Horowitz.[5]

Performance and recording career[edit]

He debuted at New York City's Town Hall in 1959.[6] Davis made his international debut at the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto. In 1960, he signed with CBS Records and began a 60 concert cross-country tour.[4] He has toured the world with several major orchestras including the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Spanish National Orchestra. He has performed under such world-famous conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy and Lorin Maazel. He is listed in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and has received the Handel Medallion from New York City for contributions to the city's cultural life.[7] He recorded for London Records in the 1970s. Since 1966, Davis has been a professor of music at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.[7]


  • "Davis Plays Czerny, Schumann, Liszt", Audiofon, CD 72004
  • "The Wind Demon and other 19th century piano music", New World, 80257-2
  • "Piano Music of Grieg - Ivan Davis", Audiofon, CD 72022
  • "Liszt - Piano Concertos - Ivan Davis", London Weekend Classics, 421-629-2
  • "Souvenir de Porto Rico - Piano Music of Gottschalk - Ivan Davis", London Weekend Classics, 436-108-2
  • "Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue - Cleveland Orchestra - Maazel", London Jubilee, 417-716-2
  • "Digital George - Gershwin Classics", Musical Heritage Society, 513380w
  • "Chopin - Favourite Piano Works - Ivan Davis", Castile Communications, CCD-106
  • "Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No. 1 - Davis", Castile Communications, CCD-103
  • "Liszt's Greatest Hits - Hungarian Fantasy with Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra, CBS-MLK-39450
  • Great Galloping Gottschalk: America's First Superstar, London Records/Decca (1975) CS 6943
  • "Music of George Antheil", Music Masters Classics (BMG), 67094-2 [7][8]



General references

Inline citations

  1. ^ NTSU Graduate Will Play at Alma Mater, The Dallas Morning News, February 15, 1971
  2. ^ Dallasite Winner of Piano Prize, The Dallas Morning News, September 7, 1956
  3. ^ Ivan Davis Wins Prize; Texan, 28, Gets Top Award in Liszt Sesquicentennial Event, The New York Times, April 26, 1960
  4. ^ a b Plaskin, Glenn (1983) Biography of Vladimir Horowitz p.305 "He had won the first prize in the Busoni and Cecilia competitions and in 1960 he won the Franz Liszt Competition, and received a surprise phone call from Horowitz the day after the announcement." "...with 60 concerts planned for his first cross-country tour and a CBS record contract, Davis intrigued Horowitz."
  5. ^ Plaskin, Glen (1983) Biography of Vladimir Horowitz p.10 "...interviews with all six of Horowitz's students: Gary Graffman, Byron Janis, Ivan Davis..."
  6. ^ Lewis, Uncle Dave. "Biography: Ivan Davis". AMG. Retrieved 16 May 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c "Ivan Davis". Music.miami.edu. 1996-04-21. Archived from the original on June 12, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  8. ^ "Performer - Ivan Davis at CD Universe". Cduniverse.com. 2010-06-08. Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  9. ^ Betty Saxton and Pianist are Wed in Connecticut, The Plain Dealer, August 28, 1960
  10. ^ Deaths: Severns, Theodate Johnson, The New York Times, March 15, 2002
  11. ^ Betty Saxton Married to Ivan Davis, Pianist, The New York Times, August 7, 1960

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