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Monday, September 29, 2008

Yuli Turovsky conducts I Musici de Montreal

The VSO Presents Yuli Turovsky and I Musici de Montrˆ©al

Vancouver BC ’Äì I Musici de Montreal is one of Canada’Äôs top chamber orchestras, specializing in Chamber and Baroque. The VSO is proud to present them, with their founding director, Yuli Turovsky, for the opening concert of the Bach & Beyond series in a perfect baroque concert: the music of Bach and Handel. I Musici de Montreal performs at The Chan Centre for Performing Arts on October 10th and 11th.

’ÄúTurovsky, a man of high passion’Äù

--The Montreal Gazette

’ÄúI Musici de Montreal is a decidedly virtuoso group’Äù

--South China Morning Post, Hong-Kong

Founded by cellist and conductor, Yuli Turovsky, I Musici de Montreal is a chamber orchestra of 15 musicians that specializes in Baroque repertoire. Maestro Turovsky has joked that back in 1983, he purchased a few batons on sale while in New York City and decided that since he had these new batons, he needed an orchestra to conduct. With this new goal, he went back home and founded I Musici de Montreal. This string orchestra is now celebrating its 25th anniversary and performs over one hundred concerts annually at home and abroad.

I Musici de Montreal visits Vancouver as part of their Western Canadian Tour, which also includes performances in Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon. The VSO presents them for the first concert of the 5-concert Bach & Beyond series, while the VSO is on its Asia-Pacific Tour.


Bach & Beyond Series

The VSO Presents I Musici de Montrˆ©al

Friday, October 10, 8pm Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

Saturday, October 11, 8pm Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

Yuli Turovsky, conductor

I Musici de Montreal

Handel Concerti Grossi, Op.6, No.1 in G Major

Handel Concerti Grossi, Op.6, No.4 in A minor

Handel Concerti Grossi, Op. 6, No.12 in B minor

JS Bach Goldberg Variations

Tickets: $35 to $59 (Senior, Student and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available from Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone, 604.280.3311, VSO Customer Service at 604.876.3434, or online at

The VSO’Äôs Bach & Beyond Series Endowed By:

The Chan Foundation of Canada

The presentation of this series is made possible in part through the generous assistance of the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts of the University of British Columbia.

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Yuli Turovsky, conductor

Born in Moscow, dynamic and visionary conductor Yuli Turovsky began studying the cello at age 7. He continued his studies at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Galina Kozulupova and in 1969 received First Prize in the USSR Cello Competition. After graduating, he toured the world as a member of the celebrated Moscow Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Rudolph Barchai.

After immigrating to Canada and establishing himself in Montrˆ©al, Yuli Turovsky formed I Musici de Montrˆ©al Chamber Orchestra in 1983. An ensemble of 15 strings with a repertoire that extends from the baroque to the contemporary, I Musici de Montrˆ©al performs over 100 concerts per year throughout the world.

I Musici de Montrˆ©al

Founded by cellist and conductor Yuli Turovsky, I Musici de Montrˆ©al 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 series in Montreal. This extraordinary amount of activity places I Musici de Montrˆ©al among the most important touring orchestras in Canada. Since its beginnings, I Musici de Montrˆ©al 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’ÄôOr for their 1988 recording of Shostakovich’Äôs 14th Symphony and a 1992 Penguin Guide Rosette for their Concerti grossi, opus 6 by Handel. I Musici de Montrˆ©al’Äôs recording of Handel has since become a reference recording of the highest standard. In December of 1998, the Conseil quˆ©becois 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 Gorecki, Pˆ§rt and Schnittke. In August 2001, BBC Music Magazine named as their CD of the Month I Musici de Montrˆ©al’Äôs 40th CD, a recording of Miaskovsky, Schnittke and Denisov, naming it ’ÄúPickof the month’Äù. In 2007, the orchestra won the Opus Award for their latest record Shostakovich’Äôs Circle and was nominated for a Juno Award.

In 1999, I Musici de Montrˆ©al was awarded the Grand Prix by the Montreal Urban Community for their exceptional contribution to music presentation in and around Montreal. In 2004, the Orchestra and Maestro Turovsky received a uniquely special award for International performances presented by the Conseil quˆ©bˆ©cois de la musique. This award saluted the 20th anniversary of the orchestra and the whole work that made the reputation of the orchestra throughout the years.

Under the dynamic and visionary direction of Maestro Yuli Turovsky who also performs as cello soloist with the orchestra, I Musici de Montrˆ©al has performed in some of the greatest halls in the world: New York’Äôs Lincoln Center, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany, the Seiji Ozawa Hall in Tanglewood, the Tonhalle in Zˆºrich, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Kioi Hall in Tokyo and Philharmonie 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 Montrˆ©al’Äôs importance on the world’Äôs musical stage.

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