Thomas Dausgaard

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Thomas Dausgaard (Danish: [tˢʌmas ˈd̥ɑʊ̯ˀsɡ̊ɒːˀ]; born 4 July 1963 in Copenhagen) is a Danish conductor.

Since 1997, Dausgaard has been Principal Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. From 2001-2004, he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (DNSO), and became principal conductor in 2004, the first Danish conductor to hold the post. In March 2006, his initial contract with the DNSO was extended through 2010.[1] He concluded his principal conductorship of the DNSO at the close of the 2010-2011 season, and subsequently became the orchestra's æresdirigent (honorary conductor).

Outside of Scandinavia, Dausgaard first guest-conducted the Seattle Symphony in March 2013.[2] In October 2013, the Seattle Symphony named Dausgaard its next principal guest conductor, effective with the 2014-2015 season, with an initial contract of 3 years.[3] In March 2016, the Seattle Symphony announced the extension of Dausgaard's contract as principal guest through the 2019-2020 season.[4] In March 2015, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra announced the appointment of Dausgaard as its next chief conductor, effective with the 2016-2017 season.[5][6]

Dausgaard has been a regular conductor of the music of Per Nørgård, and is the dedicatee of Nørgård's composition Terrains Vagues. For the Chandos and DaCapo labels, Dausgaard has conducted several recordings of Danish and other Scandinavian music, including works by Per Nørgård,[7][8] Johan Svendsen, Johan Peter Emilius Hartmann, Rued Langgaard,[9] Dag Wirén, Franz Berwald, August Enna[10] and Asger Hamerik. He has also embarked on a series of recordings for SIMAX of the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, as well as two CDs for BIS of the symphonies of Robert Schumann.[11][12]

Dausgaard and his wife Helle Hentzer have three sons.[13]


  1. ^ "Thomas Dausgaard Extends Contract as Chief Conductor of Danish National Symphony Orchestra/Danish Radio Until 2010" (Press release). IMG Artists. 24 March 2006. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  2. ^ RM Campbell (2013-03-14). "Danish conductor wields a bold and energetic baton". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2015-03-12. 
  3. ^ Tom Keogh (2013-10-02). "Danish maestro named SSO principal guest conductor". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2015-03-12. 
  4. ^ Kate Molleson (2015-03-12). "Dane chosen as chief conductor designate of BBC Scottish". The Herald. Retrieved 2015-03-12. 
  5. ^ "BBC SSO new Chief Conductor announced at launch of orchestra's 2015/16 season" (Press release). BBC Media Centre. 11 March 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-12. 
  6. ^ Kate Molleson (2016-03-08). "BBC Scottish have recruited a fan of their homeland". The Herald. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  7. ^ Andrew Clements (2002-09-20). "Norgard: Symphony No 6; Terrains Vagues: Danish National Symphony/Dausgaard". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  8. ^ Andrew Clements (2009-04-03). "Nørgård: Symphonies Nos 3 and 7; Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Choir & SO/Dausgaard". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  9. ^ Andrew Clements (2006-08-18). "Langgaard: Antikrist, Byriel/ Dahl/ Gjerris/ Elming/ Nylund/ Danish National SO and choir/ Dausgaard". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  10. ^ Andrew Clements (2006-06-02). "Enna: The Little Match Girl; Zemlinsky: The Mermaid, Dam-Jensen/ Kihlberg/ Danish National Choirs and SO/ Dausgard". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  11. ^ Tim Ashley (2007-02-23). "Schumann: Symphonies Nos 2 & 4; Julius Caesar Overture; Overture to Scenes from Goethe's Faust, Swedish Chamber Orchestra/ Dausgaard". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  12. ^ Andrew Clements (2008-01-25). "Schumann: Symphony No 1; Overture, Scherzo and Finale; etc, Swedish Chamber Orch/ Dausgaard". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  13. ^ Dorte Washuus Bundgaard (2010-09-09). "En passioneret dirigent". Kristeligt Dagblad. Retrieved 2011-03-27. 

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Preceded by
(no predecessor)
Principal Conductor, Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Gerd Albrecht
Principal Conductor, Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Succeeded by
Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Preceded by
Donald Runnicles
Chief Conductor, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Succeeded by