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Thomas Dausgaard


Thomas Dausgaard became Chief Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra/DR in August 2004. The orchestra has developed impressively under his leadership, and together they tour worldwide and record extensively. Amongst their achievements are a disc of Nielsen works which was nominated for a 2007 Gramophone award, and a DVD of Danish composer Langgaard's opera "Antikrist" on the Dacapo label, which won ‘DVD of the Year' at the 2005 International Internet Awards. The latest release of Dausgaard's authoritative recording cycle of works by Langgaard includes ‘Music of the Spheres'; in August 2010, he and the orchestra gave the UK première of this work at the BBC Proms at a performance which caused a sensation amongst audiences and critics. The Orchestra was praised for the "luminous beauty" of the performance (The Times) and Dausgaard for his "total command" of the players (BBC Music Magazine).

The Swedish Chamber Orchestra has also flourished under Dausgaard's direction since he took up his position there in 1997. Having brought this group from a regional orchestra to international attention over the past decade, he and the orchestra have recorded all of Beethoven's orchestral music for Simax, a project which has received outstanding critical acclaim. They continue to record extensively, breaking with tradition as a chamber orchestra to record all of Schumann's symphonies and in February 2010 releasing Schubert Symphonies 8 & 9 as the latest in a series entitled "Opening Doors". With Dausgaard's drive to bring the orchestra to new audiences, they have toured throughout Europe, Japan and the USA. Their European tour in Summer 2010 culminated in concerts at the Salzburg Festival and the BBC Proms.

Thomas Dausgaard guest conducts many of the world's leading orchestras. The 09/10 season saw him conducting the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at the Concertgebouw, the Berlin Konzerthausorchester, the Lyon Orchestra, Salzburg Mozarteum and the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra among others. Highlights of the current season include engagements with SWR Stuttgart, MDR Leipzig, the Barcelona and Swedish Radio Symphony orchestras, and Vienna Symphony Orchestra, with whom he collaborates regularly at both the Musikverein and the Vienna Konzerthaus. Dausgaard also maintains strong links with many of the major UK orchestras, working this season and next with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony and Bournemouth Symphony orchestras. Elsewhere, Dausgaard conducts the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and next season visits Asia to work with the New Japan, Hong Kong and China Philharmonic orchestras.

Thomas Dausgaard conducts regularly in North America. He has worked with many of the major orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra. Dausgaard is a frequent visitor to the Toronto Symphony, where last season he conducted a hugely successful Sibelius cycle which received the highest critical acclaim. He also appeared last season with the Seattle Symphony, where he was praised by the Seattle Times for his ‘distinguished interpretations', and he returns there next season. Dausgaard makes regular appearances at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York and conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the 2009 Tanglewood Festival. In the current season, he returns to the Houston Symphony Orchestra and makes his debuts with the Dallas, Washington National and Cincinnati Symphony orchestras and with the Cleveland Orchestra.

The role music can play in the lives of children and young people is important to Dausgaard, who collaborates with several youth orchestras; most recently at the Baccarelli Institue in Brazil and with the Toronto Youth Symphony. In the future, he will work with the Australian Youth Orchestra, and the orchestras at the Music Academies in Copenhagen and Stockholm.

Thomas Dausgaard has been awarded the Cross of Chivalry in Denmark, and elected to the Royal Academy of Music in Sweden
Thomas Dausgaard