Lady Linda Davies
Lady Linda Davies is the founder of the ground-breaking KT Wong Foundation and through the Foundation, a producer whose wide-ranging credits include a seminal production of Handel’s Semele, a forthcoming BBC documentary on Daniel Barenboim and the West-East Divan Orchestra (WEDO)’s first tour to China as well as a much-awaited Cultural Olympiad production of Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde. In its four-year life the Foundation and Lady Davies have established themselves as the pre-eminent bridge between China and the West in the field of the performing arts.
Born in Singapore and raised in Malaysia, Lady Davies completed her education in the US, majoring in Economics. Lady Davies founded the KT Wong Foundation in memory of her late father, Dato Wong Kee Tat, the Chinese-Malaysian businessman and philanthropist, who instilled in her an early love of music and the arts.
Among the Foundation’s earlier projects were the commission of a gold medal winning contemporary Chinese garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2008, designed by Shao Fan; an award-winning new composition from China’s contemporary composer Chen Yi for the 2008 Proms; two cultural summits in the UK and Beijing, which included key figures of the performing arts world from China and the West; as well as the co-production with Theatre Royale de la Monnaie de Munt of Handel’s great opera Semele, designed and directed by the major Chinese artist Zhang Huan, which premiered in Brussels 2009 and subsequently was staged in Beijing 2010 – continuing to Toronto in 2012.
A mother of three, Lady Davies spends her time between her homes in Europe and China, in pursuit of harnessing the creativity and energy of contemporary Chinese culture and sharing it with a global audience.