Thomas Dausgaard became Chief Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in August 2004. The orchestra has developed impressively under his leadership, embracing his energy and creativity. With Dausgaard they tour world-wide, performing in Berlin, Vienna, Paris, Amsterdam and London and they have also recorded extensively together. Of particular note is their disc of Nielsen works which was nominated for a 2007 Gramophone award. The Swedish Chamber Orchestra has also flourished under Dausgaard’s direction since he took up his position there in 1997. Having brought this group from a regional orchestra to international attention over the past decade, he and the orchestra have recorded all of Beethoven’s orchestral music for Simax, and they continue to record prolifically, breaking with tradition as a chamber orchestra to record all of Schumann’s symphonies and a selection of symphonies from Dvorák, Schubert, Schumann and Bruckner for BIS.
Thomas Dausgaard guest conducts several of the world’s leading orchestras. Recent and future guest conducting highlights include engagements with Vienna Symphony Orchestra (both at the Musikverein and the Vienna Konzerthaus), Berlin Konzerthausorchester, SWR Stuttgart, Czech Philharmonic, Verdi Orchestra Milano and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic amongst others. He works with the leading Scandinavian Orchestras, including the Swedish Radio, Oslo and Stockholm Philharmonics. In the UK, Dausgaard works with the Bournemouth Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and he returns to the Proms in 2010 with both the Danish National Symphony and Swedish Chamber Orchestra.
Thomas Dausgaard also conducts regularly in North America. He has worked with many of the major orchestras including the Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Houston Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra. The current season has included a return to the Toronto Symphony, where he conducted a hugely successful Sibelius cycle which received the highest critical acclaim, and concerts with the Seattle Symphony, where Dausgaard was praised by the Seattle Times for his ‘distinguished interpretations’. Dausgaard also makes regular appearances at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York and in the 10/11 season, he will make his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra.
Thomas Dausgaard already has a discography of more than 30 recordings with companies such as Dacapo Records, Chandos, Simax and EMI Medley. His recent releases have included Nielsen and Langgaard works for Dacapo and Berlioz for Chandos. His much praised DVD recording of Langgaard’s opera Antikrist on the Dacapo label won ‘DVD of the Year’ at the 2005 International Internet Awards.