Tugan Sokhiev


Tugan Sokhiev is Music Director of Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (ONCT), Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO Berlin) and Artistic Director of the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow. 

Plans for the 14/15 season include debuts with the London Symphony Orchestra, Boston and Cleveland Symphony Orchestras and returns to Berliner Philharmoniker and Philharmonia Orchestra - to which he returns each season. Opera includes Maid of Orleans, La Traviata and Carmen at the Bolshoi Theatre and Bethrothal in a Monastery at Theatre du Capitole. Sokhiev will tour Germany and Japan with ONCT and Europe with DSO Berlin. 

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Halle aux Grains, Toulouse

Kabalevsky: Colas Breugnon, Ouverture
Khachaturian: Violin Concerto
Stravinsky: Petrushka (1947)

Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse
Tugan Sokhiev, conductor
Sergey Khachatryan, violin

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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. 
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 was released in January 2013.


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DSO Berlin, Music Director

At the beginning of the 12/13 season Mo. Sokhiev became Music Director of Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin for an initial period of four years. Projects this season include concerts in Vienna (Musikverein) and Mahler's 2nd Symphony. His first season at the helm of the orchestra was widely praised, featuring Brahms Symphony No. 4 as a true highlight in the Berlin concert calendar. Their opening concert was praised by Suddeutsche Zeitung: "At his inaugural concert, Sokhiev - a springy, intelligent conductor who reacts to the music as quick as a flash - enthralled his orchestra."

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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