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BBC SSO in rehearsal with Thomas Dausgaard

Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Thomas Dausgaard renews BBC SSO contract

4:08, 12th January 2018

Thomas Dausgaard has extended his contract as chief conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for a further three years.

Dausgaard, who began in the role with the 2016/17 season, will continue as chief conductor of the BBC SSO through to the 2021/22 season. He also holds positions as chief conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra (and will become its conductor laureate from 2019), honorary conductor of both the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra della Toscana, and will become music director of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra from 2019/20.

Highlights of his tenure to date include a recreation of Beethoven’s 1808 ‘Academy’ concert at City Halls; the Scottish premiere of the recent completion of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9; and a tour with the orchestra through Italy, Germany and Austria.

The conductor said: ‘The fearless excellence of the BBC SSO, our beautiful hall and great audience makes for a dynamic and irresistible cocktail. I am thrilled to make music here and am delighted now that we have an even longer perspective for our many exciting plans.’

Dominic Parker, director of the BBC SSO, said: ‘Thomas brings artistry, creativity and an unstoppable musical curiosity to everything he does. His desire to do things differently and to explore all corners of the artistic repertoire makes him an ideal match for the players of the BBC SSO. We have already experienced some memorable concerts under his leadership and the plans we are developing for the coming years are even more exciting.’

Details of his forthcoming 2018/19 appearances with the BBC SSO will be announced as part of the orchestra’s season launch in March 2018.

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