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Tugan Sokhiev (Ossetic: Сохиты Тугъан, Russian: Сохиев Туган, born 1977, Vladikavkaz, Ossetia) is an Ossetian conductor.

Sokhiev began piano studies at age 7. He began to conduct at age 17, inspired by Anatoly Briskin, the conductor of the North Ossetia State Philharmonic Orchestra. He subsequently attended the Saint Petersburg Conservatory and was a pupil of Ilya Musin. Sokhiev’s first opera as a conductor was in a production of La bohème in Iceland.

After seeing that one production, General Director of Welsh National Opera (WNO) Anthony Freud named Sokhiev WNO’s music director in December 2001, effective from 2003, for an initial contract of 5 years. His initial conducting work with WNO as music director was in revivals of Don Giovanni, Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci. His first new production as WNO music director was of Eugene Onegin. He was also in charge of the Russian Series for WNO which contained works by many famous Russian composers. In August 2004, Sokhiev resigned from WNO effective immediately, after problems with the cast of their new production of Verdi’s La Traviata. Reports indicated a decline in morale among the WNO orchestra and chorus, and questions about whether Sokhiev was too young and inexperienced for the post.

In 2005, Sokhiev became principal guest conductor and musical adviser with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. In September 2008, he became the orchestra’s music director.

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