Tuesday evening Seattle Symphony announced that they're hiring current principal guest conductor Thomas Dausgaard for a four-year term starting in 2019, following current music director Ludovic Morlot's scheduled departure that same year.
The dynamic Danish conductor has been working with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra since 2014, so the transition should be pretty natural.
Writing for the Seattle Times back in 2013, Tom Keogh described the conductor's career thusly:
Dausgaard, 50, appeared as a guest conductor for the [Seattle Symphony] orchestra in 2010 and 2011. He is chief conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and honorary conductor of the Danish National Symphony. He is an authority on Classical and Scandinavian repertoire, and an award-winning, prolific recording artist with a remarkable number of recordings — 50 — in release.
Dausgaard now has over 70 albums with his name on them, so it seems like he'll be a good fit considering SSO's reputation for putting out Grammy-winning recordings.
In a press release, Dausgaard had this to say about working with the orchestra:
'Making music with the Seattle Symphony is very special to me,' shared Dausgaard. 'Their inspiring artistry fuses generosity, team spirit, devotion and abandon. The orchestra is supported by an equally passionate board and administration, as well as a tremendous audience in the beautiful and acoustically stunning Benaroya Hall. I love the city of Seattle and the great natural beauty of this magical part of the world. So it is with deeply felt joy and honor that I look forward to becoming Music Director of the Seattle Symphony. My warmest thanks to my distinguished predecessors who took the orchestra to its present excellence — and to everybody now asking me to take the Seattle Symphony into the future.'
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