Seattle Symphony Announces Thomas Dausgaard as Its New Maestro

Thomas Dausgaard conducting the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. He has been chosen as its new music director.  Credit: Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Dausgaard conducting the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. He has been chosen as its new music director.  Credit: Seattle Symphony Orchestra

The Seattle Symphony enjoyed a string of artistic successes under the musical leadership of the French conductor Ludovic Morlot, so when he announced last spring that he would step down after the 2018-19 season, there was widespread curiosity about who would succeed him.

The orchestra formed an 11-member search committee, but in the end they did not need to look far: The orchestra announced Tuesday that its next music director would be the charismatic Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard, who has been its principal guest conductor since 2014.