Orchestre National de Toulouse Names New Music Director

By David Salazar

The Orchestre National de Toulouse has announced that Tarmo Peltokoski will be its new music director.

Peltokoski will succeed Tugan Sokhiev starting on Sept. 1, 2024; he will hold this post through August 2029. The decision over the new music director was made by both the management of the orchestra and its members.

He will work with the ensemble for 12-14 weeks per season and lead concerts in Toulouse, the Occitanie region, and during national and international tours. He will also participate in recordings with the ensemble and lead six productions at the Opéra National du Capitole de Toulouse across the five seasons; he is set to debut at the opera company during the 2025-26 season.

Peltokoski recently performed concerts with the orchestra in September and October.

“My relationship with the musicians of the Orchestre national du Capitole was immediately gratifying and inspiring musically. After conducting the orchestra on two recent occasions, I could see the incredible work done by Tugan Sokiev throughout all these years and how he had transformed it into one of the best orchestras in Europe,” Peltokoski said in an official press statement. “It is with great humility and excitement that I accept this opportunity to be the music director and to work at the Opéra national du Capitole.”

The Finnish conductor is the principal guest conductor of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and is also the music director of the Orchestre symphonique national de Lettonie. He is also the principal guest conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.