Ossetian conductor Tugan Sokhiev began taking music lessons at age seven, at first studying the piano. He took up conducting at 17, working with Anatoli Briskin, and he attended the St. Petersburg Conservatory, where he studied with Ilya Musin. Sokhiev made his operatic debut in Iceland, conducting Puccini's La bohème, and appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in New York with Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. He became the music director of the Welsh National Opera in 2003. In 2005, Sokhiev began conducting the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, and he became its music director in 2008. In 2010, he became the principal conductor designate of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and he became the artistic director of the Bolshoi Theater in 2014. Sokhiev has conducted many orchestras around the world, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, among many others. His recordings appear on Sony Classical, EuroArts, Naïve, and Mariinsky.