Thomas Dausgaard

Thomas Dausgaard (Danish: [ˈtsʰʌmæs ˈtɑwˀsˌkɒˀ]; born 4 July 1963 in Copenhagen) is a Danish conductor. He "studied conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen and with Norman Del Mar at the Royal College of Music in London. He has taken part in masterclasses with Franco Ferrara, Leonard Bernstein and Hiroyuki Iwaki, and in 1991 he won a conducting fellowship to attend the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute."[1]

In Scandinavia, Dausgaard has been principal conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra since 1997. From 2001 to 2004, he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (DNSO), and became principal conductor in 2004, the first Danish conductor to hold the post. He concluded his principal conductorship of the DNSO at the close of the 2010–2011 season, and subsequently became the orchestra's æresdirigent (honorary conductor). In May 2017, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra announced that Dausgaard is to conclude his tenure as principal conductor after the 2018–2019 season, and subsequently to take the title of conductor laureate with the orchestra.[2]

Outside of Scandinavia, Dausgaard first guest-conducted the Seattle Symphony in March 2013.[3] In October 2013, the Seattle Symphony named Dausgaard its next principal guest conductor, effective with the 2014–2015 season, with an initial contract of 3 years.[4] In March 2016, the Seattle Symphony announced the extension of Dausgaard's contract as principal guest through the 2019–2020 season.[5] In October 2017, the Seattle Symphony announced the appointment of Dausgaard as its next music director, effective with the 2019–2020 season, with an initial contract of 4 seasons.[6]

In March 2015, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (BBC SSO) announced the appointment of Dausgaard as its next chief conductor, effective with the 2016–2017 season.[7][8] In January 2018, the BBC SSO announced the extension of Dausgaard's contract as chief conductor through the 2021–2022 season.[9]

Dausgaard has been a regular conductor of the music of Per Nørgård, and is the dedicatee of Nørgård's composition Terrains Vagues. For the Chandos and DaCapo labels, Dausgaard has conducted several recordings of Danish and other Scandinavian music, including works by Per Nørgård,[10][11] Johan Svendsen, Johan Peter Emilius Hartmann, Rued Langgaard,[12] Dag Wirén, Franz Berwald, August Enna[13] and Asger Hamerik, as well as Denmark's most famous composer, Carl Nielsen. He has also embarked on a series of recordings for SIMAX of the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, as well as two CDs for BIS of the symphonies of Robert Schumann.[14][15]

Dausgaard and his wife Helle Hentzer have three sons.[16]


  1. ^ "Thomas Dausgaard Conductor About this Artist". Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. March 1999. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Martin Fröst blir ny Chefsdirigent för Svenska Kammarorkestern" (Press release). Swedish Chamber Orchestra. 15 May 2017. Retrieved 2017-05-15.
  3. ^ RM Campbell (2013-03-14). "Danish conductor wields a bold and energetic baton". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2015-03-12.
  4. ^ Tom Keogh (2013-10-02). "Danish maestro named SSO principal guest conductor". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2015-03-12.
  5. ^ Kate Molleson (2015-03-12). "Dane chosen as chief conductor designate of BBC Scottish". The Herald. Retrieved 2015-03-12.
  6. ^ Melinda Bargreen (2017-10-03). "Seattle Symphony picks Thomas Dausgaard to succeed Ludovic Morlot as music director". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
  7. ^ "BBC SSO new Chief Conductor announced at launch of orchestra's 2015/16 season" (Press release). BBC Media Centre. 11 March 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-12.
  8. ^ Kate Molleson (2016-03-08). "BBC Scottish have recruited a fan of their homeland". The Herald. Retrieved 2016-10-03.
  9. ^ Katy Wright (2018-01-12). "Thomas Dausgaard renews BBC SSO contract". Classical Music Magazine. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  10. ^ Andrew Clements (2002-09-20). "Norgard: Symphony No 6; Terrains Vagues: Danish National Symphony/Dausgaard". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-08-09.
  11. ^ Andrew Clements (2009-04-03). "Nørgård: Symphonies Nos 3 and 7; Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Choir & SO/Dausgaard". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-08-09.
  12. ^ Andrew Clements (2006-08-18). "Langgaard: Antikrist, Byriel/ Dahl/ Gjerris/ Elming/ Nylund/ Danish National SO and choir/ Dausgaard". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-08-09.
  13. ^ Andrew Clements (2006-06-02). "Enna: The Little Match Girl; Zemlinsky: The Mermaid, Dam-Jensen/ Kihlberg/ Danish National Choirs and SO/ Dausgard". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-08-09.
  14. ^ Tim Ashley (2007-02-23). "Schumann: Symphonies Nos 2 & 4; Julius Caesar Overture; Overture to Scenes from Goethe's Faust, Swedish Chamber Orchestra/ Dausgaard". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-08-09.
  15. ^ Andrew Clements (2008-01-25). "Schumann: Symphony No 1; Overture, Scherzo and Finale; etc, Swedish Chamber Orch/ Dausgaard". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-08-09.
  16. ^ Dorte Washuus Bundgaard (2010-09-09). "En passioneret dirigent". Kristeligt Dagblad. Archived from the original on 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2011-03-27.

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Preceded by
(no predecessor)
Principal Conductor, Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Succeeded by
Martin Fröst
Preceded by
Gerd Albrecht
Principal Conductor, Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Succeeded by
Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Preceded by
Donald Runnicles
Chief Conductor, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Succeeded by