Thomas Dausgaard appointed Seattle Symphony Principal Guest Conductor

The Seattle Symphony announced today that Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard has been appointed the Symphony’s Principal Guest Conductor beginning in the 2014–2015 season. Thomas Dausgaard is currently the Chief Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Honorary Conductor of the Danish National Symphony, and has appeared with many of the world’s greatest orchestras. A much-admired interpreter of Scandinavian, Classical and other repertoire, a prolific recording artist who has garnered many prestigious awards, and who is deeply committed to working with young people, Dausgaard brings a unique and valuable combination of skills and experience to Seattle.

Music Director Ludovic Morlot said, “I’m thrilled to welcome Thomas Dausgaard to the Seattle Symphony family. He is a truly great musician and I know that he will be an asset in further developing our orchestra as a world-class ensemble. I am greatly looking forward to this new artistic partnership.”

“Making music with the Seattle Symphony is an inspirational experience,” commented Thomas Dausgaard. “I feel honoured and thrilled about joining this eminent team, where music's passion and joy is the language spoken. Thank you Seattle Symphony, Ludovic Morlot and the wonderful audience here for making me feel so welcome.”

As the Seattle Symphony’s first-ever Principal Guest Conductor, Dausgaard will conduct three weeks each season for the term of his three-year contract. In 2014–2015, during his first season with the orchestra, Dausgaard will mastermind the Seattle Symphony’s Sibelius Festival and conduct all seven Sibelius symphonies. The three-week festival, which will also include chamber performances, discussions, lectures and other events, will take place in 2015 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Finnish composer’s birth. Jean Sibelius lived from 1865–1957 and is widely considered the most important Scandinavian composer of the last century. Complete festival details will be included in the 2014–2015 season announcement, taking place next February.

“This is another very significant step for us in assembling a truly world-class artistic leadership team here at the Seattle Symphony,” commented Executive Director Simon Woods. “Thomas Dausgaard is admired and loved by
musicians and audiences all over the world for performances of the deepest musicality and intelligence. The chemistry between him and the musicians of the Seattle Symphony in previous appearances here has been something very special, and I’m quite delighted that he has agreed to join us in this new role.”

Continued Woods, “Thomas Dausgaard’s experience in Scandinavian repertoire is highly regarded, and to have him in Seattle to lead the complete Sibelius symphonies on our 2014–2015 Masterworks Season is going to be an exciting experience for our orchestra and our audiences. I am very happy to welcome him to our conducting team!”

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