Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse
Russian conductor Tugan Sokhiev was appointed musical director of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse on 1st September 2008 after 3 years as principal guest conductor and musical advisor of Toulouse’s musical ensemble. His position as musical director of the Orchestre National du Capitole will continue until August 2016. The orchestra launched a recruiting process at his instigation in 2009 and now boasts 125 musicians.
Michel Plasson conducted the Orchestre National du Capitole from 1968 to 2003 and is now its honorary conductor. Under his management, the orchestra’s symphonic calling developed quite considerably, undertaking a great number of tours abroad and recording over sixty records with Emi Classics.
The orchestra presents its symphonic season at the Halle aux Grains in Toulouse, gives concerts in the Midi-Pyrénées region and ensures the lyrical and choreographic season of the Théâtre du Capitole. It is invited to a number of festivals, including the international George Enesco festival in Bucarest, the Quincena Musical festival in San Sebastian and the Chorégies d’Orange (« Aida » by Verdi and two concerts in July 2011). For several seasons now, it has been billed at the Salle Pleyel in Paris where it gave three concerts in the 2012/2013 season. In January 2011, it performed in « Betrothal in a Monastery » by Prokofiev at the Opéra Comique, co-produced by the Théâtre du Capitole. Following the United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil and South America, in 2012/2013 the orchestra went on a tour of Japan and China, and gave a series of concerts at the Musikverein in Vienna. The Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse thus has a strong international reputation as a result of trips abroad and the set up of audiovisual projects in partnership with numerous media organisations, such as Radio Classique, France musique, MediciTV and Mezzo.
The discography of Tugan Sokhiev and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse includes numerous recordings for Naïve Classique which have enjoyed considerable success, including Tchaikovsky’s « Fourth Symphony », Mussorgsky’s « Pictures at an Exhibition », Rachmaninov’s « Symphonic Dances » and Prokofiev’s « Peter and the Wolf ». Shostakovich’s « Festive Overture» and Tchaïkovski’s « Fifth Symphony » were received to great critical acclaim and singled out for a Gramophone Choice award in the recording category.
Their most recent publications in 2013, once again for Naïve Classique, include Stravinsky’s « The Rite of Spring » and “The Firebird ». Karol Beffa, resident composer from September 2006 to June 2009, composed three scores under the conducting baton of Tugan Sokhiev. Since the 2010 season, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse has been collaborating with composer Bruno Mantovani.
In September 2012, Christophe Mangou was named Associate Conductor of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and is in charge of the teaching programme.