Thomas Dausgaard

Thomas Dausgaard


Honorary Conductor

As principal conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard has succeeded in creating distinctive and well-defined profiles for each of the two, thanks to an extremely broad repertoire, numerous tours and many recordings. His constant dedication to proposing alternative and educational concert formats has led him to develop a programme for school-age children, who now collaborate regularly with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. He also created ‘Metro Concerts’ with the Danish orchestra (an enormously successful series of mini-concerts), and oversaw the inauguration in 2009 of a futuristic concert hall in Copenhagen, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. His repertoire ranges from Bach to contemporary music; he has recently premiered works by Penderecki, Dean, Volans, Vine and Nørgård. He has particular natural affinity with the music of Sibelius and Nielsen, under whom his piano teacher studied; in 2015 Dausgaard devoted most of the year to these two composers – who were marking major anniversaries – conducting complete cycles of their symphonies. Choral music also occupies an important place in the Danish conductor’s repertoire, as do the symphonies of Bruckner and Mahler, which he has conducted to great acclaim. For Dausgaard, music’s potential role in the lives of children and young people is extremely important, and to this end he collaborates with numerous youth orchestras in North and South America, Europe and Australia. He has held masterclasses at the Beijing Conservatory and in Sweden, and is president of the Malko Competition for young conductors. Always keen to learn, he has visited tribes of former head hunters in Borneo, worked as a volunteer farmer in China, studied ceramics in Japan and, together with his family, learned Aboriginal arts in Australia. He has been awarded the Knight’s Cross by the Queen of Denmark and is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. Following a season which saw his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, from next season he will be principal guest conductor of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.