Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard will become Seattle Symphony’s next Music Director in 2019 season (lucky them), succeeding current Music Director Ludovic Morlot.
Dausgaard is already Seattle Symphony’s Principal Guest Conductor since 2014, and juggles diary dates in his capacity as Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony and Swedish Chamber Orchestras, and as Honorary Conductor of the Orchestra della Toscana and Danish National Symphony.
His recording of Mahler 10 with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra was shortlisted in the Orchestral recording category at this year’s Gramophones. Dausgaard’s performances of Schubert’s Unfinished, Mahler 10, and Rachmaninov 2 at this year’s BBC Proms were compelling listens, securing the BBC Scottish Symphony’s important contribution to the UK orchestral scene. Dausgaard also has fantastic hair.
Thomas Dausgaard’s first appeared with the Seattle Symphony in 2003 was with performances of Nielsen’s Fifth Symphony.
His first season as Principal Guest Conductor in 2014–2015 saw him contribute to a three-week Sibelius Festival celebrating 100 years since the composer’s birth with performances of all seven of his symphonies.