Thomas Dausgaard has stepped in at short notice for an indisposed Esa-Pekka Salonen to conduct the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall on Thursday 25 January. The programme features Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 2 and Sibelius’ Lemminkäinen Legends. Revered pianist Mitsuko Uchida stars as soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2. More information and tickets are available here.

Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard is internationally acclaimed as an artist “of huge conviction and outrageously good musicianship” (Europadisc), renowned for his creativity and innovation in programming, an extensive catalogue of critically-acclaimed recordings, and for “cataclysmic…life-affirming…sublime…” performances (The Times). He is passionate about music’s engagement with society and the issues of our time, and its relevance and potential as a vital and innovative force in the life of current and future generations.

He recently completed his successful tenure as Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (2016-2022). He also holds titles as Conductor Laureate of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra (Chief Conductor 1997-2019), Honorary Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Principal Guest Conductor 2001-2004, Chief Conductor 2004–2011), and Honorary Conductor of the Orchestra della Toscana. He was previously Principal Guest Conductor (2014-2019) and Music Director (2019-2022) of the Seattle Symphony. He has been awarded the Cross of Chivalry by the Queen of Denmark, and elected to the Royal Academy of Music in Sweden.

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