Tugan Sokhiev

Internationally-acclaimed Russian conductor Tugan Sokhiev is Music Director of Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (ONCT) and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. He is also Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and is in demand from leading opera houses and orchestras worldwide.

Plans for the 2015/16 season include projects with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Vienna Philharmonic at the Mozartwoche Festival, Finnish Radio, NHK Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestra - to which he returns each season. He will also conduct many and varied symphonic projects with both DSO Berlin and ONCT including European and Far East touring. Opera includes new productions of Katerina Ismailova and La damnation de Faust at the Bolshoi Theatre.

Recent seasons have included critically-acclaimed débuts with Chicago Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics - where critics hailed him ‘Dirigentenwunderwaffe’ (miracle conductor) - and European touring with the Philharmonia and Mahler Chamber orchestras. He has toured extensively with ONCT - across Europe, Asia, United Kingdom and South America. He has also appeared as a guest conductor with Rotterdam Philharmonic, National Philharmonic of Russia, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, RAI Turin, La Scala’s concert series, Bournemouth Symphony, Orchestra of the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Strasbourg, Montpellier, Frankfurt, Swedish Radio, Vienna Radio, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Orchestre National de France.

Sokhiev made his UK opera début with La bohème for Welsh National Opera in 2002 and the following year made his début at the Metropolitan Opera Company, New York, conducting the Mariinsky Opera’s Onegin.  He also made a highly acclaimed first visit to the 2004 Aix-en-Provence Festival (Love of Three Oranges), followed by most successful revivals in Luxembourg and Teatro Real, Madrid and in 2006 conducted a much praised Boris Gudunov for Houston Grand Opera. 

During his collaborations with Toulouse and Berlin he has conducted many critically-acclaimed concerts - his performance in the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with Orchestre National du Capitole resulted in his being named ‘Révélation musicale de l'année’ by the French Critics’ Union in 2005. His discography includes numerous highly-acclaimed recordings for Naïve Classique with Toulouse – including Tchaikovsky’s Fourth and Fifth Symphonies, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances and Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and most recently Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Firebird. Sokhiev’s first recording with DSO Berlin of Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible starring Olga Borodina was released by SONY Classical in 2014.                         

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