Biography Seattle Symphony Orchestra & Thomas Dausgaard

The Seattle Symphony
is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history. Under the leadership of Music Director Ludovic Morlot since September 2011, the Symphony is heard from September through July by more than 500,000 people through live performances and radio broadcasts. It performs in one of the nest modern concert halls in the world — the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall — in downtown Seattle. Its extensive education and community engagement programs reach over 65,000 children and adults each year. The Seattle Symphony has a deep commitment to new music, commissioning many works by living composers each season. The orchestra has made nearly 150 recordings and has received two Grammy Awards, 21 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades. In 2014 the Symphony launched its in-house recording label, Seattle Symphony Media.

Thomas Dausgaard
is Chief Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, Chief Conductor Designate of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, 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.

Dausgaard performs internationally with the world’s leading orchestras, and is a committed advocate of contemporary music, having premiered works by many living composers. He has made over 50 CDs with BIS and Da Capo, including a variety of complete symphony cycles. Future plans include a Brahms cycle for BIS, and the works of Pelle Gundmundsen-Holmgreen with the BBC Symphony Orchestra for Da Capo.

Dausgaard has been awarded the Cross of Chivalry by the Queen of Denmark, and elected to the Swedish Royal Academy of Music. His interests beyond music are wide-ranging and include a fascination with the life and art of indigenous communities. He lives in Copenhagen with his family.

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