Thomas Dausgaard

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Danish conductor, Thomas Dausgaard, was recently described by The Daily Telegraph as "A conductor of rare conviction and insight". He is renowned for his fresh approach to a broad range of repertoire, his prolific discography and the remarkable results he has achieved as Chief Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra/DR and as Chief Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.

Dausgaard became Chief Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra/DR in August 2004. The orchestra has developed impressively under his leadership, embracing his energy and creativity. With Dausgaard they tour worldwide, 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. Dausgaard and the orchestra have welcomed the new opportunities presented by the internet by making selected performances available for download. In January 2009, they performed the inaugural concerts at the impressive new concert hall in Copenhagen, designed by Jean Nouvel, where they are now the hall's resident orchestra.

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, a project which has received outstanding critical acclaim for the individual and dynamic approach that Dausgaard and the orchestra bring to this repertoire. 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 Dvorak, Schubert and Bruckner for BIS, for a series which has appropriately been labelled "Opening Doors". Of the most recently recorded Schumann Symphonies, International Record Review maintains that “Dausgaard's performances have an insight and authority to rank with the finest.” (Richard Whitehouse) In October 2005 they undertook their first Japan tour which was a huge success and recent tours have included Italy, Germany, Holland, Spain, and the UK. In Spring 2008, they toured the major concert halls of the USA including New York’s Lincoln Centre and rave reviews followed them throughout all paying particular note to the Orchestra’s unique sound.

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 and has conducted the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra in St Petersburg and on tour in Italy, where he also works with the RAI Turin and La Scala Philharmonic Orchestras. In the UK, Dausgaard works with the Bournemouth Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and he will return 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, Minnesota Orchestra and the Montreal Symphony. 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 conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the 2009 Tanglewood Festival. 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 Chandos Records, Dacapo, 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.

"Dausgaard brought it (Brahms' Symphony no.1) not only freshness and drive but also depth and maturity. He deserved and received, a magnificent response from his players, crowning an inspiring concert."

David Flanning, The Daily Telegraph reviewing the BBC Prom concert with Danish National Symphony Orchestra/DR.

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Date January 27th, 2016(Wed) 7:15pm
Venue Suntory Hall
The 553rd Subscription Concert

[Performer]
Thomas Dausgaard (Conductor)
New Japan Philharmonic

[Program]
Mozart: Symphony No.35 in D Major, K.385, "Haffner"
Mahler: Symphony No.5 in C-Sharp Minor

[Ticket]
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Date January 22nd, 2016(Fri) 7:15pm
January 23rd, 2016(Sat) 2:00pm
Venue Sumida Toriphony Hall
The 552nd Subscription Concert

[Performer]
Thomas Dausgaard (Conductor)
Akiko Mori (English Horn)
New Japan Philharmonic

[Program]
Sibelius: Lemminkainen Suite, Op.22
Nielsen: Symphony No.5, Op.50, FS97

[Ticket]
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Date May 29th, 2015(Fri) 7:00pm
Venue Suntory Hall
Subscription Concert No.789 B Series

[Performer]
Thomas Dausgaard (Conductor)
Kari Kriikku (Clarinet)
Miwako Handa (Soprano)
Tiru Kaku (Baritone)

[Program]
Saariaho: Clarinet Concerto "D'OM LE VRAI SENS" (2010) (Japan Premiere)
Nielsen: Symphony No.3, op.27, "Sinfonia Espansiva"

[Ticket]
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TMSO Guide 03-3822-0727

Date March 15, 2012 (Thu) 19:15
Venue Suntory Hall Main Hall
Suntory Hall Series No.5

[Performer]
Thomas Dausgaard (Conductor)
New Japan Philharmonic

[Program]
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy-Overture
Sibelius: Symphony No.7 in C major, Op.105
Nielsen: Symphony No.4 “The Inextinguishable”, Op.29

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