Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse


Orchestre National du Capitole du Toulouse

The Orchestre National du Capitole du Toulouse have become one of the most revered orchestras in France and across Europe, with the French national paper 'Le Figero' naming them as one of the three top orchestras in France.

  • Initially with the name Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, the orchestra now acts as both a symphony orchestra and the permanent orchestra of the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse.
  • In 1974, Michel Plasson chose the Halle aux Grains, a former market converted into an arena, to become the orchestra's residence. Until then, the orchestra was not used to giving concerts but was instead confined to the Capitole's pit, and had a very low reputation. Within twelve years, the orchestra had improved enough to qualify to have the term 'national' in its name, which it acquired in 1980.
  • Under the direction of Tugan Sokhiev, the orchestra has risen to even greater prominence.

Did you know?
In 2011 the French national paper 'Le Figaro' reviewed the top 25 orchestras in France. The Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse was listed as one of the top three orchestras in France, one of the so-called 'Trio de l'excellence'. Also included in this top tier group were the Orchestre de Paris, and the orchestra of the Opera National de Paris.

Stravinsky with Tugan Sokhiev



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