The ensemble's repertoire spans all musical periods from the baroque era to the 21st century. I Musici has premiered commissioned works, among them Brian Cherney's Illuminations in 1988. In 1990, the orchestra played the film score for Charlie Chaplin's movie City Lights during its showing at the Grand Théâtre de Québec.
Following a concert by I Musici, Claude Gingras observed: 'I have never heard this young orchestra play with such purity of sound and concept, and maintain such a high quality of performance and spiritual commitment from the beginning to the end of a concert' (Montreal La Presse, 11 May 1986).
I Musici frequently includes guest soloists in its concerts. In 1986, Gary Karr, bass soloist, joined the orchestra for a concert; in 2004, I Musici featured several soloists in its concert series, including Rivka Golani (viola), Dudu Carmel (flute), and Eyad Ein-Habar (oboe). In 2004, Henri Oppenheim (accordion), Airat Ichmouratov (clarinet), Elvira Misbakhova (violin), Alain Legault (guitar) and Mark Peetsma (double bass) performed solos for the I Musici CD Klezmer (Chandos).
In 1987 I Musici was declared ensemble of the year by the Canadian Music Council, in addition to winning the Félix Award as best classical ensemble in 1988. In 1996, its recording Ginastera/Villa-Lobos/Evangelista (Chandos/SRI) won the Félix Award for best classical album, orchestra or large ensemble, and in 1997 won the Juno Award for best classical album. In 1998, I Musici was awarded two Opus awards by the Conseil Québécois de la musique, for recording event of the year and best recording. The following year, the ensemble won the Grand Prix from the Montreal Urban Community Arts Council for its "outstanding contribution to the advancement of music throughout the Montreal Urban Community" (Orchestra Canada 1999). In 2001, BBC Music Magazine named I Musici's 40th CD its CD of the month, and the ensemble won Opus awards in 2003 and 2004. I Musici released its first recording on the Analekta label in 2005. It was nominated for two Félix awards in 2006, and received a Juno nomination in 2010 for its album Tchaikovsky: souvenir de Florence, Quartet no. 1.
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Links to Other Sites
I Musici de Montréal
The website for I Musici de Montréal. Features the latest news about upcoming concerts, an extensive discography, and audio samples of their music.
Montreal cellist Yuli Turovsky dies at 73
A CBC obituary for Yuli Turovsky, acclaimed cellist and conductor who founded Montreal’s I Musici chamber orchestra.
An article about the passing of cellist and conductor Yuli Turovsky from "The Strad."
I Musici de Montréal - Yuli Turovsky
A video featuring Yuli Turovsky performing with the I Musici de Montréal chamber orchestra. From dailymotion.com.
Tchaikovsky - Souvenir de Florence
A review of a recording featuring I Musici de Montreal under the direction of Yuli Turovsky. From "The WholeNote."
Montreal's Yuli Turovsky still driven to make music
A CBC article about Yuli Turovsky and his retirement from I Musici, the chamber orchestra he founded.
This article focuses on Yuli Turovsky's intense devotion to performing, teaching, and conducting music. From scena.org.
Violinist Eleonora Turovsky dies at 72
A CBC obituary for violinist and pedagogue Eleonora Turovsky. Includes a video of Turovsky performing Ralph Vaughan-Williams' "The Lark Ascending" with I Musici de Montréal conducted by her husband Yuli Turovsky.
Le violon sur la toile
View a film about a talented family devoted to music. Features Eleonora Turovsky, her husband Yuli Turovsky, and daughter Natalya Turovsky. From the National Film Board of Canada. In French.
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