Thomas Dausgaard is chief conductor designate 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 and honorary conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, having previously served as its principal conductor from 2004 to 2011.
Dausgaard regularly appears with the world’s leading orchestras including the Munich Philharmonic; the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Berlin Konzerthaus, Philharmonia and London Symphony orchestras; Staatskapelle Dresden; the BBC, Bavarian Radio and Vienna symphonies; Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. He began his North American career assisting Seiji Ozawa, and has since appeared with the Cleveland and Washington National Symphony orchestras; the Boston, Baltimore, Houston, Toronto and Montreal symphonies; and Los Angeles Philharmonic. He also recently appeared with the New Japan and Hong Kong philharmonics and the Sydney and Melbourne symphonies. Festival appearances have included the BBC Proms, the Salzburg Festival, Mostly Mozart and Tanglewood.
As a recording artist, he enjoys long-standing relationships with the BIS and Da Capo labels and has made well over 50 albums, including 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 its performances of 19th-century repertoire.
Dausgaard has been awarded the Cross of Chivalry by the Queen of Denmark and was elected to the Royal Academy of Music in Sweden. His interests beyond music are wide-ranging, and include a fascination with the life and culture of remote communities. He has visited head-hunting tribes in Borneo, volunteered as a farmer in China and stayed with villagers on an island in the South Pacific. Currently he lives in Denmark with his family.
For further information, please visit www.thomasdausgaard.com