Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1

Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto offers an unguarded view into a tormented composer’s private, deeply felt reserves of emotion. The symphonic masterstrokes of Denmark’s greatest musical hero, Carl Nielsen, take on extra significance in the hands of his compatriot Thomas Dausgaard.

Masterworks Series

Dates and Tickets

  • 30 Jan (Thu) 2020 7:30PM
  • 1 Feb (Sat) 2020 8:00PM

Pre-concert Talk

Pre-concert Talk presented one hour prior to each performance. Free with ticket purchase.

Ask the Artist

Ask the Artist to follow the Thursday night concert. Free with ticket purchase.

Running time

1 hour, 41 minutes

Doors open

1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance


S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall


Thomas Dausgaard


Music Director of the Seattle Symphony, Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard is esteemed for his creativity and innovative programming, the excitement of his live performances and his extensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings. A renowned recording artist with over 70 discs to his name, Dausgaard’s releases with the Seattle Symphony have garnered critical acclaim resulting in international honors including Gramophone’s 2018 Orchestra of the Year Award and a Grammy nomination for Best Orchestral Performance.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja


Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja's repertoire ranges from baroque and classical (often played on gut strings) to new commissions or re-interpretations of modern masterworks.

Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history.


Thomas Dausgaard’s performances are generously underwritten by Charles and Maria Schweizer. Additional support is provided by the Scan|Design Foundation by Inger and Jens Bruun.