Exclusive: Sacked Russian maestro is back at French jobNews
Soon after Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, the mayor of Toulouse ordered conductor Tugan Sokhiev to issue a condemnation of the war.
He refused, and chose instead to resign as music director of the Orchestre Nationale du Capitole.
Under parallel pressure in Moscow, Sokhiev also resigned as music director of the Bolshoi Theatre.
This week, he’s back behind the baton in Toulouse.
The musicians are delighted and it seems likely, we hear, that he will be asked to resume his former job.
Throughout the conflict, he has refrained from political comment. He stands by his original statement: ‘I have never supported and I will always be against any conflicts in any shape and form. For some people even to question my desire of peace and think that me, as a musician could ever speak for anything other than Peace on our planet is shocking and offensive.’