IMG Artists is very pleased to announce that Thomas Dausgaard, currently Chief Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, will become its Conductor Laureate from the 2019/20 season. Following an exceptional 20-year partnership, he will embark on a new chapter in his relationship with the SCO which will see him remaining very active in a range of projects including tours and recordings. As successor to Thomas Dausgaard, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra has appointed Martin Fröst as its new Chief Conductor.
Dausgaard’s long-term partnership with the SCO, which commenced just two years after the group was founded, saw the orchestra’s success grow rapidly with invitations to perform at the world’s leading venues and festivals including Salzburg, the BBC Proms and New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival. In that time they have built a discography of some thirty recordings together, including the complete Beethoven, Schumann and Schubert symphonic cycles, with a complete Brahms cycle to come.
The SCO’s Artistic Manager, Gregor Zubicky, said of the announcement:
“The Swedish Chamber Orchestra has had a wonderful journey with Thomas Dausgaard who joined the orchestra just two years after it was founded as a new ensemble with major aspirations. Under Thomas’ inspired leadership those dreams have become a reality, with invitations to perform at the leading venues and festivals around the world and with a legacy of some 30 acclaimed recordings. So I am not only delighted that Martin will be joining us but that Thomas will also continue his relationship with the orchestra in his new role as Conductor Laureate.”
Commenting on his new role with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard said:
“What an exciting ride it has been! With the orchestra at the height of its powers it feels like a good moment for me to explore new horizons while still keeping in touch with this fantastic group of musicians. I am deeply grateful to everyone in the orchestra and the organisation for the wonderful and stimulating adventure we have enjoyed together. It has a special place in my heart. While I am looking forward to inspiring projects ahead in the role of Conductor Laureate, I am very happy to warmly welcome my friend, Martin Fröst, as my successor.”
In addition to his new position with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard continues as Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, Honorary Conductor of the Danish National Symphony, and Honorary Conductor of the Orchestra della Toscana. In his final two seasons as Chief Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Dausgaard will complete both his Brahms orchestral cycle on BIS and the Bach Brandenburg recording and performance project for which the ensemble has commissioned new works by composers Uri Caine, Brett Dean, Anders Hillborg, Steven Mackey, Olga Neuwirth and Mark-Anthony Turnage.