Thomas Dausgaard is chief conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Beginning the 2019–20 season he will become music director of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, which he currently serves as principal guest conductor. He is also honorary conductor of the Orchestra della Toscana (ORT), as well as the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, having previously served as its chief conductor from 2004 to 2011.
Mr. Dausgaard is renowned for his creativity and innovation in 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, Rachmaninoff, Sibelius, Nielsen, and Bartók.
He regularly appears at international festivals worldwide and with leading orchestras in Europe, the US, 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 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.
Current and upcoming recording projects include J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos combined with six newly commissioned companion works with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, and Bruckner symphonies with the Bergen Philharmonic (both for BIS); Sibelius’s Kullervo with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (Hyperion); and Bartók’s orchestral works with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (Onyx). His most recent release is a critically acclaimed recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 10 (Deryck Cooke version III) with the Seattle Symphony. In total, he has made more than 70 CDs to date, including complete symphonic cycles of 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 remote communities.