Thomas Dausgaard, currently Chief Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, is to become Conductor Laureate from 2019/20 after an exceptional 20 year relationship with the orchestra.
Mr Dausgaard, whose long-term partnership with the SCO commenced only two years after the orchestra was founded, will be succeeded by Martin Fröst. During Thomas’s tenure as Chief Conductor, the orchestra saw rapid success 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.”