Internationally-acclaimed Russian conductor Tugan Sokhiev is Music Director of Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (ONCT) and has now led them for over a decade. He is also Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and until the end of the 2015/16 season served as Music Director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.
Plans for the 2016/17 season include performances of La damnation de Faust, Carmen, Katerina Izmailova, Il Viaggio a Reims and The Maid of Orleans at the Bolshoi Theatre, return visits to Berliner Philharmoniker, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic (including the Lucerne Festival) and a return to Japan for the NHK Music Festival. He conducts many and varied projects with ONCT within France and on tour in Europe and the Far East.
Recent seasons have included 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 in Europe, Asia, United Kingdom and South America and with DSO Berlin in Europe. He has conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra every season in London since 2003 and toured with them in Europe and has appeared as a guest conductor with Vienna Philharmonic at the Mozartwoche Festival, Finnish Radio Symphony, NHK Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, National Philharmonic of Russia, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, RAI Turin, the orchestras of La Scala and the Bayerische Staatsoper, Bournemouth Symphony, Swedish Radio, Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Munich Philharmonic and Orchestre National de France. Recent opera has included new productions of Katerina Ismailova and La damnation de Faust at the Bolshoi Theatre.
He built up extensive opera experience early on, including many productions for the Mariinsky and Welsh National Opera and appeared as guest conductor at the Metropolitain Opera New York (with the Mariinsky); Houston Grand Opera, Aix-en-Provence Festival and in Madrid. He was named 'Révélation musicale de l'année' by the French Critics' Union in 2005 for his performance in the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with Orchestre National du Capitole and in the course of his many collaborations in Toulouse, Berlin, Paris, London and Vienna, swiftly established himself with orchestras, public and critics as an outstanding musician. His discography includes 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 andmost recently Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and Firebird. DSO Berlin releases include Prokofiev's Ivan the Terrible, Fifth Symphony and Scythian Suite for SONY Classical.