Those coming to our Barbican concerts this season might spot some new faces among our regular family of visiting conductors – eleven maestros, new to the LSO (although not necessarily to London), will be pitching up throughout the year and introducing themselves to both the musicians and the audience, each bringing with them a new fresh approach to the established classics.
First up is Thomas Dausgaard, who will be conducting the Orchestra in Strauss Burleske and Mahler Symphony No 6 tomorrow evening (Wednesday 25 September). Maestro Dausgaard is no stranger to London, having previously conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia, but having never been to the LSO before we thought we’d find out a little bit more about him:
Five things worth knowing about Thomas Dausgaard
- Like our much missed former President, Sir Colin Davis, Maestro Dausgaard has a natural affinity with the music of Sibelius and Nielsen. He has made it his mission to explore the music of Scandinavian composers less well-known to these shores such as Johan Svendsen, Johan Peter Emilius Hartmann and Rued Langgaard; and is a frequent collaborator with his fellow countryman Per Nørgård.
- As a young boy growing up in Copenhagen, he would play truant from school to sneak into rehearsals of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, which he went on to become Principal Conductor and Conductor Laureate.
- A pianist and cellist, Dausgaard also wanted to become a composer before settling on his chosen career of conductor.
- In an ideal match with our LSO Discovery programme, Maestro Dausgaard is committed to music education and spends a good period of time conducting youth orchestras around the world, inspiring talented young musicians into the profession.
- Off the podium he has some unusual interests and ways of satisfying his curiosity about life: he has visited head hunting tribes in Borneo, volunteered as a farmer in China and lived with villagers on a remote island in the South Pacific!
Will his experiences farming in China make their way into Mahler 6? Come along and find out!