Tugan Sokhiev

Internationally-acclaimed Ossetian conductor Tugan Sokhiev is Music Director of Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (ONCT) and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. He enjoys a close association with the Mariinsky Theatre and is in demand from leading opera houses and orchestras worldwide.

Plans for the 2013/14 season include projects with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Philharmonia Orchestra (to which he returns each season), NHK Symphony, Finnish Radio and his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra as well as touring and symphonic projects with both DSO Berlin and ONCT. Opera includes Boris Godunov at Théâtre du Capitole as well as commitments at the Mariinsky.

He has toured extensively with ONCT - across Europe, Asia, United Kingdom and South America. Highlights of his 2012/13 season included critically-acclaimed beginning with Chicago Symphony and Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestras, a triple bill of concerts with ONCT at the Musikverein, Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible with DSO and his long-anticipated return to the Vienna Philharmonic. Recent opera has included Tosca at Théâtre du Capitole, Boris Godunov at Vienna State Opera as well as Onegin, Aida and Madame Butterfly at the Mariinsky Théâtre.

He has also appeared as a guest conductor with Orquesta Nacional de España, Fondazione Arturo Toscanini, National Philharmonic of Russia, RAI Turin, La Scala’s concert series, Bournemouth Symphony and 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. His 2009/10 season included critically-acclaimed beginning with Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics - where critics hailed him « Dirigentenwunderwaffe » (miracle conductor) - and European touring with the Philharmonia and Mahler Chamber orchestras.

Sokhiev made his UK opera beginning with La bohème for Welsh National Opera in 2002 and the following year made his beginning 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 Gudonov for Houston Grand Opera. In recent seasons he has conducted The Golden Cockerel, Iolanta, The Firey Angel and Carmen at the Mariinsky Theatre and Pique Dame, Iolanta and Tosca at Théâtre du Capitole. In recent seasons he has conducted Pique Dame and Boris Godonov at the Vienna State Opera.

During his collaborations with Toulouse 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. The relationship between Sokhiev and his musicians in Toulouse is increasingly celebrated - Figaro described the partnership as « at the centre of the French musical life » and Le Monde wrote of « sokhievmania » after a recent concert in Paris. 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. Their most recent release in 2013 included Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Firebird