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Tugan Sokhiev

Internationally renowned conductor Tugan Sokhiev divides his time between the symphonic and lyric repertoire, guest conducting the most prestigious orchestras around the world.

As Music Director of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse from 2008 to 2022, Tugan Sokhiev headed numerous successful concert seasons, including several world premieres and a significant number of tours abroad, propelling the orchestra to international prominence.

Passionate about his work with singers, from 2014 to 2022 he was Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow conducting many new productions and premieres.

Tugan Sokhiev regularly conducts orchestras of the calibre of the Vienna, Berlin, New York Philharmonic orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Boston, Chicago, NHK Symphony Orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, where he was Principal Conductor between 2012 and 2016.

He has guest conducted at the Metropolitan Opera New York (with orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre), received enormous critical acclaim for The Love for Three Oranges at the Aix-en-Provence festival and subsequently taking the production to the Teatro Real in Madrid. In 2021, he conducted a highly praised new production of Salome at the Bolshoi Theatre.

The 2021/2022 season includes engagements with the Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Dresden Staatskapelle at the Salzburg Easter Festival. He will also return to the Munich and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras.

Tugan Sokhiev has a rich and varied discography, including recordings with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse on Naïve and Warner Classics, winning the Diapason d'Or in 2020. His recordings with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester have been released on Sony Classical. He has collaborated with EuroArts on a series of DVDs, the first of which - A Flight through the Orchestra -features his interpretation of Brahms' Second Symphony with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester. On the same label he appears with the Capitole de Toulouse in a recording of Bartok’s The Wooden Prince and Brahms’ First Symphony (2017), and with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in works by Ravel and Prokofiev (Waldbühne, 2019).

One of the last students of legendary teacher Ilya Musin at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Tugan Sokhiev is eager to share his expertise and thus initiated a Conducting Academy in Toulouse.


As of April 2022

credit Tobias Hase