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Thomas Dausgaard is Chief Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, having been their Principal Conductor from 2004 – 2011. He is renowned for his innovative programmes, his authority on the music of Langgaard and Nielsen, and his prolific recording catalogue. Thomas Dausgaard has appeared with many of the world’s foremost musical institutions, including in recent seasons with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms, SWR Stuttgart, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The 2013/14 season will see him make debuts with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Thomas Dausgaard has created through his work with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra distinctive profiles for both ensembles. Notably, with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra he developed an acclaimed programme entitled ‘Love, Hope and Destiny’ with the soprano Nina Stemme which was described by the New York Times in a performance at the Lincoln Centre as

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Thomas Dausgaard is Chief Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, having been their Principal Conductor from 2004 – 2011. He is renowned for his innovative programmes, his authority on the music of Langgaard and Nielsen, and his prolific recording catalogue.

Thomas Dausgaard has appeared with many of the world’s foremost musical institutions, including in recent seasons with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms, SWR Stuttgart, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The 2013/14 season will see him make debuts with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Thomas Dausgaard has created through his work with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra distinctive profiles for both ensembles. Notably, with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra he developed an acclaimed programme entitled ‘Love, Hope and Destiny’ with the soprano Nina Stemme which was described by the New York Times in a performance at the Lincoln Centre as “…drawing a dramatic arc that proved emotionally satisfying and intellectually stimulating” [29 April 2013, The New York Times].  With the Danish National Symphony Orchestra he instigated their ‘Metro Concerts’ – a highly successful after work concert series  – and in 2009 he oversaw the opening of the landmark new concert hall in Copenhagen designed by Jean Nouvel. He is also a keen exponent of contemporary music, premiering works by Penderecki, Dean, Volans, Vine, Albert Schnelzer and Norgard with a wide range of orchestras.

His commitment to education and children is prevalent in his programming and activities. A highly successful concert series for children developed in conjunction with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra has now been established as a regular collaboration and he has appeared with youth orchestras in North and South America, Europe and Australia. He has given masterclasses at the Beijing Conservatory, conducted family concerts across Europe and presided over the Malko Competition for young conductors.

A prolific recording artist, Thomas Dausgaard has over 50 critically acclaimed CDs to his name. His complete Beethoven and Schumann symphony cycles with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and the Rued Langgaard cycle with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra have been particularly singled out for praise. Recent releases include a DVD on the Unitel Classica Label with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra featuring the live performances of symphonies of Brahms, Dvorak, Sibelius and Nielsen. Looking forward, his Opening Doors series with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra on the BIS label will continue with works by Bruckner, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, and Wagner.

Thomas Dausgaard has been awarded the Cross of Chivalry by the Queen of Denmark and elected to the Royal Academy of Music in Sweden. Possessed of a naturally curious mind and with wide-ranging interests beyond music, he has visited head hunting tribes in Borneo, volunteered as a farmer in China and lived with villagers on a remote island in the South Pacific. Currently he lives in Denmark with his family.

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"Fired up by its kinetic Danish conductor, Thomas Dausgaard, this versatile ensemble performed the musical selections in the first half without breaks, drawing a dramatic arc that proved emotionally satisfying and intellectually stimulating."

New York Times

"Dausgaard drew a spectrum of colors from the orchestra, including a grainy French sound in the Ravel, an alluring lightness in Wagner and broody suppressed passion in Sibelius. In Brahms’s Symphony No. 1, he used that color palette to great effect, particularly in the final movement, where multiple musical ideas tussle for the upper hand before uniting for a triumphant conclusion."

New York Times

"The Toronto Symphony Orchestra chose to put its fate into the hands of Gustav Mahler and Thomas Dausgaard on Wednesday night with spectacular results."

The Toronto Star

"Dausgaard's forces weaved through with authority and luminous beauty. I wouldn't have missed it for the world."

The Times

"[Thomas Dausgaard] has a wonderful sense of programming, combining the familiar and unfamiliar in thoughtful ways with a mind to always give us a sense of adventure."

Concerto Net

"It was clear that Dausgaard was going to yet again delight the audience with his attention to detail and the excellent playing he is able to draw from this orchestra."

Concerto Net

"In Antonin Dvorák's 6th Symphony Dausgaard went on to conduct a clearly structured orchestral landscape. This was particularly impressively achieved in the Adagio, because Dausgaard took the time for himself and the musicians to spin out the melodic lines and integrate the phrases meaningfully. Wonderful, so succulent."

Süddeutsche Zeitung, Harald Eggebrecht

"Dausgaard’s is one of the more involving and compelling Tchaikovsky Pathétiques in recent years."

Classics Today

"There is so much musicality in the shaping of the musical detail as well as of the music as a whole, combined with lots of characteristic Dausgaardian drama."

Klassik Magazine

"The First Piano Concerto that followed the Kurtág is the very manifestation of the classical Beethoven; a perfect synthesis of clarity, beauty, and cogency... Dausgaard... [was] delicate and chamber-like, sensitive yet with philharmonic brawn, this was enchanting from the first notes."

Ion Arts

"As stunning a concert as I've heard in recent years: a superb Wagner-Nielsen-Beethoven program, led by Denmark's Thomas Dausgaard in his long-anticipated SPCO debut. Dausgaard dances knowingly with SPCO-sized ensembles, from which he conjures sonorities of both chamber-music-like delicacy and symphonic weight."

Star Tribune

"Shostakovich's First Cello Concerto was finely controlled and shaped by Dausgaard."

The Guardian

"The reasons for Dausgaard's critical acclaim are obvious."

Bachtrack.com

"Leading us all, musicians and audience, in his clear vision, Thomas Dausgaard offered Bruckner [in his Symphony No.4] the power, invincible force and dazzling beauty that he misses in many outdated versions."

Classique News

"Thomas Dausgaard… gave [Bruckner’s Symphony No.7] a masterly interpretation with myriad colors and shadings that gave the huge work life and energy, even lightness at times. The orchestra responded to his insightful direction with excellent playing."

Seattle Times

"Dausgaard is a renowned Nielsen interpreter and it showed in his intricate grasp of the [Fifth] symphony's structural complexity… a superbly executed performance."

The Australian

"Thomas Dausgaard is an extremely charismatic conductor, from whom radiates an aura of energy, and the musicians instinctively know what colours he wants from them."

Neue Press

"...an almost supernaturally inspired rendition of [Verdi's] massive Requiem."

Chron.com (Houston Chronicle)

"Dausgaard led the orchestra to a technically perfect performance... A great evening."

Aachener Zeitung

"The concert was wonderful proof that the most amazing, most thrilling performances often occur away from the limelight."

Die Presse

"Dausgaard crafted impressive musical sculptures at once monumental and intimately personal."

The Toronto Star

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Discography

  • Thomas Dausgaard

    Nørgård: Symphonies Nos.3 & 7 2009

  • Thomas Dausgaard

    Langgaard: The Symphonies 2009

  • Thomas Dausgaard

    Schumann: Symphonies Nos.3 & 4 2008

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