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Visiting Artist

Tugan Sokhiev


Tugan Sokhiev is Music Director of Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (ONCT), where he served as Principal Guest Conductor for three seasons prior to becoming its Music Director in 2008. At the beginning of this season, he became Music Director of Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin for an initial period of four years. He enjoys a close association with the Mariinsky Theatre and is in demand from leading opera houses and orchestras worldwide. 

Plans for the 2012/13 season include returns to Vienna Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra (to which he returns each season), Rotterdam Philharmonic, Finnish Radio, debuts with Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Chicago Symphony as well as touring and symphonic projects with both DSO Berlin and ONCT. Opera includes Boris Godunov at Vienna State Opera as well as commitments at the Mariinsky. Future plans include extensive touring and symphonic programmes with his titled orchestras, returns to NHK Symphony and Berliner Philharmoniker and his debut with Philadelphia Orchestra. 

He has toured extensively with ONCT - across Europe, Asia, United Kingdom and most recently South America. Recent opera has included Tosca at Theatre du Capitole, Boris Godunov at Vienna State Opera as well as Onegin, Aida and Madame Butterfly at the Mariinsky Theatre. His 2009/10 season included critically-acclaimed débuts with Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics - where critics hailed him ‘Dirigentenwunderwaffe’ (miracle conductor) - and European touring with the Philharmonia and Mahler Chamber orchestras. 

In recent seasons, he has appeared as guest conductor with Berlin Philharmonic, Finnish Radio, Philharmonia Orchestra, DSO Berlin. He has also appeared 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. 

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 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 including Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Firebird is released in early 2013. 


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