Thomas Dausgaard is Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Chief Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Music Director (from the 19/20 season) and Principal Guest Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, Honorary Conductor of the Orchestra della Toscana (ORT), and Honorary Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, having previously served as its Principal Conductor from 2004–2011.
He is renowned for his creativity and innovation in programming, the excitement of his live performances, and his extensive catalogue of critically-acclaimed recordings.
He regularly appears with the world’s leading orchestras, including in recent seasons in Europe the Munich Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchester, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. He began his North American career assisting Seiji Ozawa, and has since appeared with The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Washington National Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Houston Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, and the Montreal Symphony. He is also a regular visitor to Asia and Australia, appearing in recent seasons with the Singapore, New Japan Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Sydney and Melbourne Symphonies. Festival appearances have included the BBC Proms, the Edinburgh International Festival, the Salzburg Festival, Mostly Mozart, the George Enescu Festival, and Tanglewood.
As a recording artist, he enjoys long-standing relationships with the BIS and Da Capo labels and has made over 70 CDs, including complete cycles of symphonies by Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and Rued Langgaard, and the works of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen with the BBC Symphony Orchestra for Da Capo. “Opening Doors”, his ongoing series for BIS with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, has consistently won praise for performances of 19th-century repertoire more usually associated with symphony orchestras. His most recent release is a critically acclaimed recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 10 (Deryck Cooke version III) with the Seattle Symphony. Currently, with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, he is completing a Brahms cycle and a project that combines J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos with a set of six newly commissioned companion works – both for BIS.
He has been awarded the Cross of Chivalry by the Queen of Denmark, and elected to the Royal Academy of Music in Sweden. His interests beyond music are wide-ranging, and include architecture, landscape, and a fascination with the life and culture of remote communities. He lives in Denmark with his family.