Thomas Dausgaard

Thomas Dausgaard


Principal Guest Conductor & Music Director Designate

Thomas Dausgaard will become the Seattle Symphony’s Music Director in September 2019, following his appointment as Principal Guest Conductor in 2014. He is also Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, and Honorary Conductor of the Orchestra della Toscana and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, of which he was Chief Conductor from 2004 to 2011.

Dausgaard is renowned for his creativity and innovative programming, the excitement of his performances, and his extensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings. His programming in recent seasons has focused increasingly on the exploration of influences to be found in folk and liturgical music on orchestral works by a range of composers including Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Sibelius, Nielsen and Bartók. 

He regularly appears at international festivals worldwide and with leading orchestras in Europe, the U.S., and Asia. Recent highlights have included appearances at the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, and George Enescu Festival, and guest conducting engagements with the Munich Philharmonic, Berlin Konzerthaus Orchester, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, and London’s Philharmonia Orchestra. His North American appearances have included the New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Toronto and Montreal symphony orchestras. Engagements in Asia and Australia have included the New Japan Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and Sydney and Melbourne symphony orchestras.

His recent release of a critically acclaimed recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 10 (Deryck Cooke version III) with the Seattle Symphony, received the Gramophone  Disc of the Month among other awards, and was a finalist for the Gramophone Award for orchestral music. Recent and upcoming recording projects include Nielsen symphonies with the Seattle Symphony for Seattle Symphony Media; Brahms symphonies with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos combined with six newly commissioned companion works also with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, and Bruckner symphonies with the Bergen Philharmonic, all for BIS; Sibelius’ Kullervo with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for Hyperion; and a multi-disc survey of Bartók’s orchestral music with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for Onyx. In total, he has made well over 70 CDs to date, including complete cycles of symphonies by Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and Rued Langgaard.

Thomas Dausgaard has been awarded the Cross of Chivalry by the Queen of Denmark, and elected to the Royal Academy of Music in Sweden. His interests beyond music are wide-ranging, and include architecture, landscape, and a fascination with the life and culture of communities all over the world.

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