The musicians of the Orchester National du Capitole de Toulouse show their support for Tugan Sokhiev

The musicians of the Orchester National du Capitole de Toulouse speak about the departure of Tugan Sokhiev.

In an open letter, the musicians said: “Before discussing the particular situation in which this concert is taking place, we would like, on behalf of all our colleagues, to express our deep emotion at the violence and atrocities committed in Ukraine and our full support for the Ukrainian people. The concert on March 25 should have been conducted by Tugan Sokhiev. Tugan Sokhiev is Russian. His history, his family, his culture are intimately linked to this country. It is this identity and this attachment to his roots who allowed us, who allowed you for many years to enrich us with what he had to pass on to us.

The letter continues: “We shared with him so many musical moments but also so many moments of personal human exchanges, that we know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that he can in no way be suspected of the less complacency towards life with this warrior. Madness. We didn’t need him to tell us, but that’s what he felt he had to say in a statement he released. And that’s probably why his concerts scheduled for the next few weeks in Salzburg, Vienna, Munich or Rome have not been canceled.

The musicians also said they were “deeply saddened by the resignation of their musical director, but even more by this injunction which is made to Russian artists to justify themselves, they who are, like all their compatriots, hostages of a totalitarian regime and of a policy for which they cannot be held responsible.

Sokhiev was forced to resign as music director after being asked to make a statement against the war. He then had concerts with the New York Philharmonic canceled. The conductor also resigned from his post at the Bolshoi Theater.

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