I Musici de Montréal

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I Musici de Montréal is a Canadian chamber orchestra.

Founded by cellist and conductor Yuli Turovsky, I Musici de Montréal is a chamber orchestra of 15 musicians that performs a vast repertoire extending from the baroque to the contemporary. The orchestra presents a busy schedule of over 100 concerts per season throughout the world, including three prestigious series in Montreal. This extraordinary amount of activity places I Musici de Montréal among the most important touring orchestras in Canada.

Since its beginnings, I Musici de Montréal has released more than 40 CDs for the Chandos and Analekta Record Labels that are distributed in more than 50 countries around the world. These recordings have won the orchestra and Maestro Turovsky many awards, including a Diapason d’Or for their 1988 recording of Dmitri Shostakovich's 14th Symphony and a 1992 Penguin Guide Rosette for their Concerti grossi, Op. 6 by George Frideric Handel. I Musici de Montréal's recording of Handel has since become a reference recording of the highest standard.

In December 1998, the Conseil Québécois de la Musique gave two Opus Awards to the orchestra for Recording Event of the Year and Best Recording - contemporary music for a CD grouping works by Henryk Górecki, Arvo Pärt and Alfred Schnittke. In 1999, I Musici de Montréal was awarded the Grand Prix by the Montreal Urban Community for their exceptional contribution to music presentation in and around Montreal.

In August 2001, BBC Music Magazine named as their CD of the Month I Musici de Montréal's 40th CD, a recording of Nikolai Myaskovsky, Schnittke and Edison Denisov, calling it a Russian tour de force. In April 2002, I Musici was nominated for another Canadian Juno Award as Best Classical Album of the Year, this after having won a Juno for their recording of Alberto Ginastera, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Evangelista.

Under the dynamic and visionary direction of Maestro Yuli Turovsky, who also performs as cello soloist with the orchestra, I Musici de Montréal has performed in some of the greatest halls in the world: New York's Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany, the Seiji Ozawa Hall in Tanglewood, the Tonhalle in Zürich, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussel, the Kioi Hall in Tokyo and the Conservatoire de Musique in Luxemburg, among others. Public enthusiasm and critical acclaim underlining the precision, cohesion and virtuosity of their performance as well as the brilliant and distinctive sound of the orchestra confirm I Musici de Montréal's importance on the world's musical stage.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Piano Concerto no. 1, op. 35 / Chamber Symphony op. 110a Dmitri Shostakovich; Maxim Shostakovich, Dmitri Shostakovich, I Musici de Montréal, James Thompson, Yuli Turovsky 1
1986 Bach: Cello Concerto in C minor / Sinfonia Concertante in A major / Boccherini: Cello Concerto in B-flat, G.482 J. C. Bach, Boccherini; Yuli Turovsky, I Musici de Montréal, Eleonora Turovsky 1
1986 Piano Concerto no. 2, op. 102 / Symphony for strings, op. 118a Dmitri Shostakovich; I Musici de Montréal, Maxim Shostakovich, Dmitri Shostakovich Jr. 1
1987 Piano Concerto no. 12, K. 414 / Piano Concerto no. 14, K. 449 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; I Musici de Montréal, Yuli Turovsky, Louis Lortie 1
1988 Symphony no. 2 / Concerto da camera / Prelude, Arioso & Fughetta Arthur Honegger; I Musici de Montréal, Yuli Turovsky 1
1988 Symphony no. 14, op. 135 Dmitri Shostakovich; I Musici de Montréal, Yuli Turovsky, Elizabeth Holleque, Nikita Storojev 1
1990 Music on Hebrew Themes Shostakovich, Bloch, Prokofiev; I Musici de Montréal, Yuli Turovsky, Nadia Pelle, Mary Ann Hart, Rodney Nolan 1
1991 Death and the Maiden Schubert orch. Mahler; I Musici de Montréal, Yuli Turovsky 1
1992 Verklärte Nacht / String Quartet no. 2 / Ode to Napoleon Schönberg; I Musici de Montréal, Yuli Turovsky, Nadia Pelle, Kevin McMillan, Marc-André Hamelin 1
1994 Carmen Suite Rodion Shchedrin; Ensemble Répercussion, I Musici de Montréal, Yuli Turovsky 1
1997 Schnittke: Concerto grosso no. 1 / Pärt: Tabula rasa / Górecki: Harpsichord concerto Schnittke, Pärt, Górecki; I Musici de Montréal, Yuli Turovsky, Eleonora Turovsky, Natalya Turovsky, Catherine Perrin 1
1999 Verdi & Variations Giuseppe Verdi; Alexander Trostiansky, Philippe Magnan, I Musici de Montréal, Yuli Turovsky 1
2000 Chamber Symphony / Symphony for Strings / From Jewish Folk Poetry Dmitri Shostakovich; Nadia Pelle, Mary Ann Hart, Rodney Nolan, I Musici de Montréal, Yuli Turovsky 1
2001 Myaskovsky: Sinfonietta, op. 32 no. 2 / Schnittke: Sonata for Violin & Chamber Orchestra / Denisov: Five Paganini Caprices Myaskovsky, Schnittke, Denisov; I Musici de Montréal, Yuli Turovsky, Stepan Arman 1
2002 Nocturnal Dances of Don Juan Quixote I Musici de Montréal, Yuli Turovsky 1
2004 Klezmer Kleztory, I Musici de Montréal, Yuli Turovsky 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Tranquillity I Musici de Montréal, Yuli Turovsky 1
Tchaikovsky: Children's Album and Mozart: Toy Symphony I Musici de Montréal 1

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