The Classic FM Podcast features the week’s top classical music stories and highlights of our interviews with classical stars. This week Anne-Marie hears from the biggest classical music stars in the world including Tugan Sokhiev.
The principal conductor from Ossetia who has trail blazed his career from a young age.
- Sokhiev began his career in music at the tender age of 7 when he learnt to play the piano.
- He began conducting at the age of 17 after being inspired by Anatoly Briskin, the conductor of the North Ossetia State Philharmonic Orchestra.
- Sokhiev studied at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory under Ilya Musin.
- The General Director of the Welsh National Opera named him music director after seeing his first opera as a conductor and, in his time there, he revived Don Giovanni, Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci.
- He introduced a new production as music director in the form of Eugene Onegin and took charge of the Russian series for WNO.
- After controversial work on the new production of Verdi’s La Traviata, Sokhiev joined the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and became the music director in 2008.
- He is now the principal conductor at the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.
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His first opera as a conductor was in a production of La Boheme in Iceland.
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