Shostakovich & Nielsen

“You can tell by the wild cheering emanating from Benaroya Hall: Thomas Dausgaard is back in town.” – The Seattle Times

Marrying dynamism and theatricality, Music Director Thomas Dausgaard illuminates music by two influential Scandinavian composers and Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto with the riveting violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja.

Masterworks Series

Dates and Tickets

  • 30 Jan (Thu) 2020 7:30PM
  • 1 Feb (Sat) 2020 8:00PM

Pre-concert Talk

Pre-concert Talk presented one hour prior to each performance. Free with ticket purchase.

Ask the Artist

Ask the Artist with Music Director Thomas Dausgaard and Patricia Kopatchinskaja to follow the Thursday night concert. Free with ticket purchase.

Running time

1 hour, 41 minutes

Doors open

1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance


S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall


Thomas Dausgaard


Music Director of the Seattle Symphony, Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard is esteemed for his creativity and innovative programming, the excitement of his live performances and his extensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings. A renowned recording artist with over 70 discs to his name, Dausgaard’s releases with the Seattle Symphony have garnered critical acclaim resulting in international honors including Gramophone’s 2018 Orchestra of the Year Award and a Grammy nomination for Best Orchestral Performance.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja


A combination of depth, brilliance and humor, Kopatchinskaja brings an inimitable sense of theatrics to her music. Whether performing a violin concerto by Tchaikovsky, Ligeti or Schoenberg or presenting an original staged project deconstructing Beethoven, Ustwolskaja or Cage, her distinctive approach always conveys the core of the work.

Seattle Symphony

Led by Music Director Thomas Dausgaard, the Seattle Symphony unleashes the power of music, brings people together and lifts the human spirit. Recognized as one of the “most vital American orchestras” (NPR), the Seattle Symphony is internationally acclaimed for its inventive programming, community-minded initiatives and superb recordings on the Seattle Symphony Media label.


Thomas Dausgaard’s performances are generously underwritten by Charles and Maria Schweizer. Additional support is provided by the Scan|Design Foundation by Inger and Jens Bruun.

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