Principal Guest Conductor & Music Director Designate
Thomas Dausgaard is Principal Guest Conductor and Music Director Designate (starting September 2019) of the Seattle Symphony. He is also Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, and Honorary Conductor of the Orchestra della Toscana and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.
He is renowned for his creativity and innovative programming, the excitement of his live performances and his extensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings. He performs internationally with the world’s leading orchestras, and is an exponent of contemporary music, having premiered works by many living composers.
He has made over 70 recordings, including a variety of symphonic cycles. Recent releases with the Seattle Symphony include a critically acclaimed recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 10 (Deryck Cooke version) and Nielsen’s Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4. Current and upcoming projects include J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos combined with six newly commissioned companion works with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Bruckner symphonies with the Bergen Philharmonic, and Sibelius’ Kullervo with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
He has been awarded the Danish Cross of Chivalry and elected to the Swedish Royal Academy of Music.