Tugan Sokhiev


Since 2008 – Musical director of the ONCT
2005-2008 – Principal guest conductor and musical advisor of the ONCT
Since 2014 – Musical director and principal conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow
2012-2016 – Musical director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Tugan Sokhiev makes two tours with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra: the first with the Bolshoi Chorus and the second at the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, the Philharmonie Hamburg and the Waldbühne in Berlin. At the head of the Vienna Philharmonic, he also performed on tour in Dresden and Cologne. He also conducts the NHK and Finnish radio symphony orchestras.

Important debuts
New York Symphony Orchestra in 2018/2019, Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2017/2018, London Symphony Orchestra in 2014/2015, Philadelphia Orchestra in 2013/2014, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Leipzig Gewandhaus in 2012/2013, Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras in 2009/2010.

Other invitations
Rotterdam, Oslo, Munich and Radio France Philharmonic Orchestras, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Vienna and Frankfurt Symphony Orchestras, Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, RAI Orchestra of Turin, Munich Staatsoper Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, National Orchestra of France, etc.

Tugan Sokhiev has toured Europe with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. He has also toured many times at the head of the Orchestre national du Capitole: Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, United Arab Emirates, etc.

With the ONCT, five recordings for Naïve, the latest being a Stravinsky record, with The Firebird and Le Sacre du Printemps. In 2018 a CD of Beethoven's complete piano concertos with pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja will come out on the Easonus label. A first DVD was published in 2017 with EuroArts: Beethoven's Concerto for violin, The Wooden Prince by Bartók and Brahms' Symphony N°1 (with the violinist Vadim Gluzman). A second DVD will appear in 2018: Berlioz' Requiem recorded at the Bolshoi Theatre (with the tenor Saimir Pirgu and the Bolshoi Chorus). With the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester de Berlin, two recordings for Sony Classical: Ivan the Terrible by Prokofiev in 2014, and a Prokofiev disk (Symphony n°5 and Scythian Suite) en 2016.

Operatic repertoire
Tugan Sokhiev begins in 2002 at the Welsh National Opera with La Bohème. In 2004, he makes his French debut at the Aix-en-Provence Festival with L’Amour des trois oranges, that he subsequently conducts in Luxembourg and at the Teatro Real in Madrid. In 2006, he is invited to Houston Grand Opera for Boris Godunov. He conducts The Queen of Spades (2010) and Boris Godunov (2012) at the Vienna Staatsoper. In 2017, he returns to the Aix-en-Provence Festival to direct a concert version of Eugene Onegin, with the Orchestra and Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre. At the Théâtre du Capitole, he conducts The Queen of Spades, Iolanta, Betrothal in a Monastery, Tosca and Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci. At the Bolshoi Theatre, he conducts among others Katerina Ismaïlova, La Damnation de Faust, Carmen, Le Voyage à Reims and The Maid of Orleans en 2016/2017, then The Maid of Pskov (concert version) by Rimsky-Korsakov and The Queen of Spades in 2017/2018.

In 2005, his performance at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées with the Orchestre national du Capitole wins him the title of "Musical Revelation of the Year" from the "Syndicat de la critique Théâtre, Musique et Danse". In 2014, the "Syndicat de la critique" votes him "Musical personality" in the instrumental category. In 2013, Tugan Sokhiev is promoted to Chevalier in the Ordre National du Mérite.