Internationally acclaimed Russian conductor Tugan Sokhiev is music director of the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse (ONCT), having led that ensemble for more than a decade. He is also music director and chief conductor of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow and, until the end of the 2015–16 season, served as music director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Mr. Sokhiev’s 2017–18 season includes performances at the Bolshoi Theater, his Boston Symphony Orchestra debut, and returns to the Berlin Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and NHK Symphony Orchestra. He conducts many and varied projects with ONCT within France and on tour in South America and Asia. Recent seasons have included appearances with the Vienna Philharmonic (including at the Lucerne Festival), Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, NHK Music Festival, and Berlin Philharmonic, and as well as European tours with the Philharmonia and Mahler Chamber Orchestras. He has toured extensively with ONCT in Europe, Asia, the United Kingdom, and South America, and with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin in Europe. He has conducted London’s Philharmonia Orchestra every season since 2003, and has toured with them in Europe. He has appeared as a guest conductor with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Mozartwoche Festival, and Finnish Radio Symphony. Previously, Mr. Sokhiev conducted Rotterdam’s Philharmonic Orchestra, National Philharmonic of Russia, Accademia nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, the orchestras of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala and Bavarian Staatsoper, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, and Orchestre national de France.
Early in his career Mr. Sokhiev built up extensive opera experience, participating in numerous productions for venues including the Mariinsky Theater and Welsh National Opera, as well as serving as guest conductor of the Mariinsky. He has also appeared as guest conductor at The Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and Aix-en-Provence Festival, as well as in Madrid. He was named “Révélation musicale de l’année” by the French Critics’ Union in 2005 for his performance at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with ONCT, and during his many collaborations in Toulouse, Berlin, Paris, London, and Vienna, swiftly established himself as an outstanding musician with orchestras, the public, and critics.