Tip for the top: Russian takes Berlin

The former Gergiev protégé Tugan Sokhiev has been announced as chief conductor of the German Symphony Orchestra (Deutsche Sinfonie Orchester, DSO). He succeeds Ingo Metzmacher, who quit over funding cuts.

Sokhiev, who was named music director of Welsh National Opera at only 24 and was gone within two years, is still only 32 and rising fast. He’s music director of the Capitole orchestra in Toulouse, the best French band outside Paris, and he is getting good guest invitations.

I last heard him in Sydney, where the orchestra were divided on his rehearsal methods but the audience was ecstatic about his Tchaikovsky. I think he’s going far.

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