The Seattle Symphony announces the extension of the contract of Thomas Dausgaard as Principal Guest Conductor to 2019-2020 Season.

The Seattle Symphony announces the extension of the contract of Thomas Dausgaard as Principal Guest Conductor to 2019-2020 Season. Thomas Dausgaard is currently in the second year of his three-year contract, which concludes at the end of the 2016-2017 Season. The new contract will be effective starting from the 2017-2018 season through the end of the 2019-2020 Season.

“This is wonderful news that we can continue our collaboration with our great friend and colleague Thomas Dausgaard,” said Music Director Ludovic Morlot. “Thomas is an outstanding musician who brings such a beautiful range of music, great performances and inspiring ideas that are being embraced by our orchestra with extraordinary enthusiasm.”

“I am thrilled to be extending my collaboration with the Seattle Symphony as their Principal Guest Conductor,” says Thomas Dausgaard. “We have had wonderful times together over the past two seasons, from our three-week Sibelius Festival to Mahler's 10th Symphony last autumn, and each time I come back here I am struck by the passion, commitment and excellence of the musicians and the whole Seattle Symphony team. The continuation of our work together gives us a fantastic opportunity to deepen our music-making, which I look forward to sharing with the great Seattle audience in the years to come.” 

Coinciding with the announcement, on March 10, 12 and 13 of 2016, Thomas Dausgaard conducted the Seattle Symphony and pianist Boris Giltburg, in a programme with Haydn’s Symphony No.88, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.23 and Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht “Transfigured Night” Op.4, receiving great acclaim from reviews, from where we highlight the next quotes:

[…] at the Seattle Symphony, where principal guest conductor Thomas Dausgaard led an inspiring all-Viennese program […] combining the refined elegance of a Haydn symphony and a Mozart piano concerto with the more opulent strains of early Schoenberg. […] Dausgaard drew an almost transparent sound from the orchestra that never overpowered the soloist. The joyously buoyant finale was a wonderful contrast. […] Here was a concerto performance that sounded fully coordinated, with less of a sense of soloist/accompaniment, and more of an impression of genuine partnership. […] It was a time to reflect with great pleasure on the fact that Dausgaard has just renewed his Seattle contract through 2020. […]

Source of the news: Contract renovation | Concert review

This news adds to the one we published not long ago about the next appointment of Thomas Dausgaard as Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra beginning on season 2016/2017.

In Spain, Thomas Dausgaard recently conducted on the Tour we organized with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and clarinetist Martin Fröst on February 2016.