Tugan Sokhiev


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.

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ONCT, Music Director

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. 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 and in June 2015 the City of Toulouse honoured him with a gold medal to celebrate 10 years of their collaboration. 


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LSO Debut

Barbican Centre


Tchaikovksy’s Fourth Symphony:

'I have never heard a performance of this symphony as vibrant, urgent and compelling as this one. Sokhiev’s interpretation of the symphony contained dramatic crescendos and varied tempi, particularly in the first and third movements.'

Renée Reitsma, Bachtrack 02 May 2015

Ravel and Debussy

Sokhiev brings out the best in the Philharmonia

Royal Festival Hall

The high point here was the noble ending of the first movement, which is notoriously difficult to bring off. The full weight of the burnished brass successfully created the momentary atmosphere of sunlit wonder that Debussy was looking for. **** Chris Garlick, Bachtrack

Mahler 2nd Symphony


Philharmonie Berlin

Wer dieses frühe Monstrum Mahlerscher Symphonik dirigiert, wer es beherrschen und davon abhalten will, dass es ihm, alle Ketten sprengend, aus den Händen gleitet und davon läuft, braucht eine klare Idee und einen konsequenten Zugriff. Tugan Sokhiev (...) hat beides. Stage and Screen, Sascha Krieger, 17/01/2014
Zum ersten Mal hat Tugan Sokhiev beim Deutschen Symphonie-Orchester Musik von Mahler dirigiert: die Zweite Sinfonie. Dabei zeigte er Lust am Fabulieren, Ausmalen und Stilisieren einer phantastischen Welt. Berliner Zeitung, Jan Brachmann, 16/01/2014


Chicago SO Debut


"He demonstrated a natural command that had this formidable group of virtuoso players on their mettle: American orchestral brilliance met Russian soul." John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune


RPS 200/Philharmonia

Royal Festival Hall

Sokhiev is the ideal conductor for such an occasion. Young, charismatic, and above all an enthusiast, he communicates his love of music with unforced charm... Brahms's First Symphony, with which Sokhiev closed, was a real roller-coaster ride, complete with volatile surges of emotion, and some handsome playing from the Philharmonia.
Tim Ashley, The Guardian

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8: Feb 2012

Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall

Sokhiev's interpretation was remarkable - urgently erotic rather than languid, the string sound gloriously clear and opulent...The playing was exceptional, and there was no escaping the music's extremism or the hallucinatory quality of the orchestration... Sokhiev's conducting had plenty of edge and drive as well as elegance. A very fine evening. Martin Kettle, The Guardian