Biography

Tugan Sokhiev

Current as of January 2020

Internationally renowned conductor Tugan Sokhiev divides his time between the symphonic and the operatic repertoires, appearing with orchestras all over the world and enjoying a particularly close working relationship with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (ONCT) and Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre. He is currently the music director of both of these institutions.

As one of the last students of the legendary teacher Ilya Musin, Tugan Sokhiev is eager to share his expertise with others and in 2016 established a conducting academy in Toulouse. His interest in Franco-Russian relations in classical music is one that he has been able to pursue as artistic director of the festival Les Musicales franco-russes in Toulouse. Under his direction the Bolshoi Orchestra often appears not only at this festival but also at the Philharmonie in Paris.
As a guest conductor Tugan Sokhiev regularly conducts many of the world’s leading orchestras: the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Vienna, Berlin and New York Philharmonics, the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester in Berlin, where he was principal conductor from 2012 to 2017. He has a rich and varied discography, while his work is also documented on a wide range of DVDs.

In 2019/20 Tugan Sokhiev’s guest engagements include appearances with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, with whom he will be touring and appearing at the Baden-Baden Festival, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester on Berlin. His appearances at the Bolshoi this season include Eugene Onegin, The Tale of Tsar Saltan, Mazeppa, Anna Bolena and Don Giovanni.

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