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Thomas Dausgaard    conductor


Chief Conductor, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Chief Conductor, Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Principal Guest Conductor, Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Honorary Conductor, Orchestra della Toscana / ORT
Honorary Conductor, Danish National Symphony Orchestra / DR

Thomas Dausgaard is Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Chief Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, Honorary Conductor of the Orchestra della Toscana (ORT), and Honorary Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, having previously served as its Principal Conductor from 2004–2011.

He is renowned for his creativity and innovation in programming, the excitement of his live performances, and his extensive catalogue of critically-acclaimed recordings.

He regularly appears with the world’s leading orchestras, including in recent seasons in Europe the Munich Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. He began his North American career assisting Seiji Ozawa, and has since appeared with The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Washington National Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Houston Symphony, Toronto Symphony, and the Montreal Symphony. He makes his debut with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra this season in October 2016. He is also a regular visitor to Asia and Australia, appearing in recent seasons with the Singapore, New Japan Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Sydney and Melbourne Symphonies.  Festival appearances have included the BBC Proms, the Salzburg Festival, Mostly Mozart, the George Enescu Festival, and Tanglewood.

As a recording artist, he enjoys long-standing relationships with the BIS and Da Capo labels and has made well over 50 CDs, including the works of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen with the BBC Symphony Orchestra for Da Capo, and complete cycles of symphonies by Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and Rued Langgaard. “Opening Doors”, his ongoing series for BIS with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, has consistently won praise for performances of 19th-century repertoire more usually associated with symphony orchestras. His most recent release is a critically acclaimed recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 10 (Deryck Cooke version III) with the Seattle Symphony. Future recording plans include a Brahms cycle for BIS, and a recording of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra’s Brandenburg project, which combines Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos with newly commissioned companion pieces.

He 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 remote communities. He lives in Copenhagen with his family.

7th heaven: 3 Sibelius masterpieces at Seattle Symphony

Originally published March 27, 2015 By Melinda Bargreen Special to The Seattle Times

When a symphony audience is already on its feet after the first number on the program, cheering and shouting, you know something rather special is happening.

That was the case Thursday evening, when conductor Thomas Dausgaard and the Seattle Symphony played the last of three all-Sibelius programs that have traversed the seven symphonies and the lone violin concerto of the Finnish master. (The current program is repeated only once, on Saturday.) The triumphant Fifth Symphony, the shimmering Sixth with its quicksilver directional changes, and the glorious one-movement Seventh: how often do you get to hear these masterpieces? Hardly ever, especially not in the same concert.                                                                                                                        continua

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Thomas Dausgaard – Schubert’s Great C-major Symphony

Tuesday, June 09, 2015 Southbank Centre, London – Royal Festival Hall

Reviewed by Colin Anderson

Dausgaard conducted from memory and opted to observe every repeat (the exposition of the first movement neatly returned to, it’s tricky to align), a stratagem that he brought off with aplomb and conviction, even the arguably superfluous one in the finale and its perfunctory lead-back bars. With well-made balances – horns less intrusive, timpani with greater flair, and the trombones gratefully embedded into the texture yet lucid – Dausgaard revelled in the music’s vitality and detailing, crisply delivered.


Australian Youth Chamber Orchestr - July 2011

“…Dausgaard and the players burnished each detail [in Debussy’s La Mer] with the utmost care…”

“Through careful control of dynamics and pace over [Nielsen’s Fifth Symphony’s] two movements, they created a shape that was gripping, lucid and utterly absorbing.”                                                     Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald, 22 July 2011

“Dausgaard is a renowned Nielsen interpreter and it showed in his intricate grasp of the [Fifth] symphony's structural complexity…a superbly executed performance.”                                                                               Murray Black, The Australian, 22 July 2011

“Dausgaard’s interpretation [of Debussy’s La Mer] was exemplary.”     James McCarthy, Limelightmagazine.com.au, 25 July 2011

National Arts Center Orchestra, Ottaw - May 2011

“Never a dull moment in extraordinary NACO concert

“From the opening measures it was clear that this would be no ordinary performance… Dausgaard led a full-speed-ahead account [of Sibelius’ First Symphony]… uncovering the rugged wonders of the Sibelian sound world.”

Richard Todd, The Ottawa Citizen, 26 May 2011

Swedish Chamber Orchestra (German Tour) - March 2011

“Thomas Dausgaard is an extremely charismatic conductor, from whom radiates an aura of energy, and the musicians instinctively know what colours he wants from them.”                                                                   Neue Press, 7 March 2011

Cleveland Orchestr - February 2011

“Thomas Dausgaard was an amazing character to watch throughout the Sibelius [Symphony No.7]…the results were both drama and clarity.”                                                                                                 Daniel Hathaway, ClevelandClassical.com, March 2011

Dallas Symphony Orchestr - January 2011

“Dausgaard here renewed the level of intensity…for a heady, exhilarating performance of a work [Nielsen’s Fourth Symphony] that is both stormy and beautiful.”                                                                            Wayne Lee Gay, Dmagazine.com, 28January 2011