Berlioz, Ouverture Carnaval Romain
Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovsky, Variations Roccoco
Nikolaï Rimsky-Korsakov, Shéhérazade

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The Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse is the result of a merger in the 1960s between the Orchestre du Capitole (then in charge of operas and ballets produced by the Théâtre du Capitole) and the Orchestre Symphonique de Toulouse-Pyrénées. It rapidly acquired international status thanks to the dedicated work of Michel Plasson, who managed it during 35 years (from 1968 to 2003) and is now its honorary conductor.

It became the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse in 1981 and now boasts 125 musicians, having boldly entered the 21st century in 2005 with the arrival of Tugan Sokhiev, first as principal guest conductor and musical advisor, then as musical director as from 2008.

In ten years, Tugan Sokhiev has breathed incredible energy into this Toulouse-based group of musicians, undertaking a great number of tours worldwide (Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Poland, China, Russia, Japan, Latin America…), regularly giving concerts in such prestigious locations as the Musikverein in Vienna, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, as well as in Paris (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Salle Pleyel, Philharmonie).

In addition to a prolific symphonic season at the historic Halle aux Grains, and the operatic and choreographic season of the Théâtre du Capitole, the Orchestre national du Capitole is regularly invited to a number of international festivals, such as the international George Enesco festival in Bucharest, the Quincena Musical festival in  San Sebastian, the Chorégies d’Orange (“Aida” by Verdi and two concerts in 2011, “Requiem” by Verdi in 2016), the Festival de Radio France et Montpellier (2013, 2016), and the Festival de Pâques d’Aix-en-Provence (2015). In 2011, the ONCT performed “Betrothal in a Monastery” by Prokofiev at the Opéra Comique, co-produced by the Théâtre du Capitole.

Tugan Sokhiev has also developed a new audiovisual activity aimed at a wider range of public. The Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse thus recently took part in programmes such as “Les Prodiges font leur show” on France 2, the “Victoires de la musique classique” on France 3, “Musiques en fête” live from the theatre in Orange on France Musique and France 3. This ambitious audiovisual broadcasting policy finds its concrete expression in regular partnerships with France Télévisions, France Musique, Radio Classique, Arte Concert, Mezzo,, etc.

Because it is very much rooted in modern-day music, the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse is as enthusiastic about the music in the repertoire as it is about current music. In 2012 for example, it performed the Concerto for two pianos by Bruno Mantovani (associate composer with the ONCT at the time), co-commissioned by the Orchestre national du Capitole and Porto’s Casa da Música. In 2014, the ONCT created the Oboe Concerto by Benjamin Attahir with its dedicatee Olivier Stankiewicz as the soloist (oboe solo with the ONCT), and put on the French premiere of Percussion Concerto No. 2 by James MacMillan. More recently, the ONCT put on two new world creations conducted by Tugan Sokhiev: Prelude by David Azagra and Nach(t)spiel by composer Benjamin Attahir, from which the ONCT created Samaa Sawti Zaman in 2016/2017, a new piece of music intended as a tribute to Pierre Boulez. Works have also been commissioned from composers such as Bruno Mantovani and Pascal Dusapin for future seasons.

This rooting in contemporary musical life goes hand in hand with numerous educational activities for younger members of the public, with the conductor Christophe Mangou in particular, who has been conducting educational concerts since 2012 (with, among other highlights, the creation of Éva pas à pas by Sylvain Griotto, co-commissioned by the ONCT and the Orchestre Regional Avignon-Provence), and the training of professional musicians thanks to the creation in 2016 of an international academy for orchestra conductors conducted by Tugan Sokhiev in person.

©Julien Mignot

The cellist Edgar Moreau won First Prize in the 2014 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and was awarded six Special Prizes after capturing, at the age of 17, Second Prize and the Prize for the Best Performance of the Commissioned Work at the International Tchaikovsky Competition held in Moscow in July 2011 under the chairmanship of Valery Gergiev. At the Rostropovitch Cello Competition in Paris in 2009, he received the Prize for the Most Promising Contestant. Moreau is a recipient of many musical awards, the Academie Maurice Ravel Prize 2011, the Banque Populaire Foundation, “Classic Revelation” by France’s Adami, French-Speaking Public Radios Young musician Prize 2013, and named “New Talent of the Year 2013” and “Instrumental Soloist of the Year 2015” by the French Victoires de la Musique.

He made his orchestral debut at the age of eleven with the Teatro Regio Orchestra in Turin. He has soloed with the Musica Viva Orchestra in Russia and in Japan (Alexander Rudin, conductor), the Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra in Poland (Krzysztof Penderecki, conductor), the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra in Moscow, the Simon Bolivar Orchestra in Caracas, the Mariinsky Orchestra in Toulouse (under the baton of Valery Gergiev), the Orchestre National de France at the Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris, the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse (under the baton of Tugan Sokhiev), the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra (Jean-Claude  Casadesus, Conductor), the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Switzerland, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur, The Hong Kong Sinfonietta in Hong Kong, his Amsterdam Debut at the Cello Biennale … Moreau is a committed chamber musician and has worked with Talich, Prazak, Modigliani and Ebene Quartet, Renaud Capuçon, Nicholas Angelich, Jean-Frederic Neuburger, Khatia Buniatishvili… Festival appearances has included performances at the Poland’s Easter Festival in Warsaw, Saint-Denis Festival, Radio France Montpellier Festival, Colmar Festival, La Folle Journée in Nantes and in Japan, Verbier Festival, Annecy Classic Festival, Lugano Festival (Progetto Martha Argerich), Edinburgh International Festival, Evian Festival, Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, Mozartfest in Würzburg, Luzern Festival, the Musikverein in Vienna.

He has also given recitals with his pianist – the French Pierre-Yves Hodique – who captured the Prize of the Best Accompanist at the 14th International Tchaikovsky Competition- at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, the Berliner Philharmonie (Kammermusiksaal) in Berlin, in Brussels, Antwerp, Ferrara, Auditorium du Louvre in Paris…

Recently he plays with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (Beethoven Triple Concerto with Renaud Capuçon and Khatia Buniatishvili), the Brussels Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de France (N. Znaider director), the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France (Mikko Franck, director), in Taipei, Venezia,  Wiesbaden, Aachen, Stuttgart, as  well as  appearances in chamber music at the Kölner Philharmonie, Schubertiades in  Schwarzenberg, Ludwigshafen, Verbier Festival, Saint-Denis Festival, the Fazioli Concert Hall Series in Sacile, in Tokyo, Amsterdam, Genève…

His first album, “Play”- works for cello and piano, collection of short pieces both virtuosic and lyrical – was released in 2014 on Warner Classics label.His follow-up album, Giovincello, (ECHO Classik 2016) presents 18th-century cello concertos recorded with the Italian Baroque ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro.To be release, a duo recital with David Kadouch around Mendelssohn, Bruch and Bloch.Edgar Moreau plays a David Tecchler cello, dated 1711.

©Marco Borggreve

Internationally-acclaimed Russian conductor Tugan Sokhiev is Music Director of Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (ONCT) and has now led them for over a decade. He is also Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and until the end of the 2015/16 season served as Music Director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.

Plans for the 2016/17 season include performances of La damnation de Faust, Carmen, Katerina Izmailova, Il Viaggio a Reims and The Maid of Orleans at the Bolshoi Theatre, return visits to Berliner Philharmoniker, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra (with Janine Jansen), Vienna Philharmonic (including the Lucerne Festival) and a return to Japan for the NHK Music Festival. He conducts many and varied projects with ONCT within France and on tour in Europe and the Far East.

Recent seasons have included Chicago Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics – where critics hailed him ‘Dirigentenwunderwaffe’ (miracle conductor) – and European touring with the Philharmonia and Mahler Chamber orchestras.  He has toured extensively with ONCT in Europe, Asia, United Kingdom and South America and with DSO Berlin in Europe. He has conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra every season in London since 2003 and toured with them in Europe and has appeared as a guest conductor with Vienna Philharmonic at the Mozartwoche Festival, Finnish Radio Symphony, NHK Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, National Philharmonic of Russia, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, RAI Turin, the orchestras of La Scala and the Bayerische Staatsoper, Bournemouth Symphony, Swedish Radio, Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Munich Philharmonic and Orchestre National de France. Recent opera has included new productions of Katerina Ismailova and La damnation de Faust at the Bolshoi Theatre.

He built up extensive opera experience early on, including many productions for the Mariinsky and Welsh National Opera and appeared as guest conductor at the Metropolitain Opera New York (with the Mariinsky); Houston Grand Opera, Aix-en-Provence Festival and in Madrid. He was named ‘Révélation musicale de l’année’ by the French Critics’ Union in 2005 for his performance in the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with Orchestre National du Capitole and in the course of his many collaborations in Toulouse, Berlin, Paris, London and Vienna, swiftly established himself with orchestras, public and critics as an outstanding musician. His discography includes highly-acclaimed recordings for Naïve Classique with Toulouse – including Tchaikovsky’s Fourth and Fifth Symphonies, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances and Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and most recently Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Firebird.  DSO Berlin releases include Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible, Fifth Symphony and Scythian Suite for SONY Classical.

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