Tugan Sokhiev

Russian conductor (Vladikavkaz, Ossetia, 1977 -)

Tugan Sokhiev is a Russian conductor of Ossetian origin, one of the most remarkable of his young generation.

Tugan Sokhiev is part of the conducting tradition of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, where he was one of the last students of Ilya Musin and his disciple Yuri Temirkanov. During his studies, he followed the example of another Ossetian conductor, Valery Gergiev, head of the Mariinsky Theatre, who allowed him in this venerable institution in 2001.

From 2003, Sokhiev started to perform abroad, sparking his international debut, collaborating with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, as well as in opera productions at the Metropolitan Opera House and the Vienna State Opera. Since 2003, he has developed a special bond with the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse of which he became artistic director. In spite of his busy schedule all around the world, Sokhiev has still been conducting at least three times per month in Saint Petersburg.

6 landmark dates in the life of Tugan Sokhiev:

• 2000: Awarded first prize during the International Prokofiev Competition

• 2000: Became principal conductor of the Russian Symphony Orchestra 

• 2003: Made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City

• 2005: Appointed principal guest conductor by the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse

• 2008: Musical adviser of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse

• 2010: Made his debut with the Philharmonic Orchestras of Vienna and Berlin

5 key performances by Tugan Sokhiev (with the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, under record label Naïve):

• 2006 Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 and Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky

• 2007 Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev and other Russian pieces

• 2010 Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances and Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2

• 2011 Festive Overture by Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 - Gramophone's Choice

• 2012 Stravinsky's The Firebird and The Rite of Spring