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Karl Davies, Viola

Hometown: Cardiff, Wales

Joined Lyric Orchestra in 1997

Education: Welsh College of Music and Drama Cardiff,  Guildhall School of Music and Drama London, and Musikhochschule(n) Freiburg and Vienna.


  • With which other musical groups have you performed?


I have a chamber group with my wife Margaret Daly and often collaborate with our

singer daughter Maureen.  Our older daughter is a social worker with an MSW from Loyola University.  I am a violinist with the Grant Park Symphony and am the only 'hybrid' of this nature.


  • What is your most memorable Lyric performance or experience?


My favorite opera production was Meistersinger with Christian Thielemann


  • Currently I’m reading:


Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice.


  • Outside of the pit:


For relaxation I like making salsa and making stuff out of wood. I have binge watched Breaking Bad and will probably do the same with Better call Saul.  I speak Welsh and German.