Yuli Turovsky

Biography

Born: June 7, 1937; Moscow, Russia  
Yuli Turovsky is one of many Russian émigré musicians who has established a career in the West as a conductor and soloist. Like Mstislav Rostropovich, he was trained as a cellist who gradually became attracted to conducting, often splitting his career evenly between the podium and instrumental performance. He is probably best-known as the conductor of I Musici de Montréal, the Canadian chamber ensemble he founded and with which he has appeared on Read more over 40 recordings.

Turovsky started lessons on the cello at seven; two years later, in 1946, he began studies at Moscow's Central School of Music. After graduating in 1957, he enrolled at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where he studied cello with Galina Kozolupova. He graduated in 1962 with high honors and received a doctorate degree from the conservatory in 1969, by which time he had already established a career both as a soloist and chamber music collaborator. He was a member of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, led by Rudolf Barshai, serving as principal cellist and often performing as a soloist. He had also tried his hand at conducting by this time, leading a group formed at Moscow's Gnessin Music School. In 1969, he captured first prize at the prestigious U.S.S.R. Cello Competition, after which his career rapidly advanced. He made a number of recordings with the Soviet label Melodiya and began gaining international recognition from their issue, as well as from his tours abroad with the MCO In 1976, he emigrated from the Soviet Union to Canada with his wife, Eleonora Turovsky, a violinist with whom he often concertized. Settling in Montreal, Turovsky founded the Borodin Trio in 1977 and, with his wife, also formed the Turovsky Duo. The other members of the Borodin Trio were Luba Edlina on piano and Rostislav Dubinsky on violin. Turovsky also joined the faculty of the Montreal Conservatory in 1977, serving until 1985. In 1980, Turovsky was granted Canadian citizenship and the following year began teaching at the University of Montreal. He founded the Montreal-based chamber ensemble I Musici de Montréal in 1983, but the group would not give its first public concert until November 1984. The ensemble consists of only 15 players -- nine violinists, three violists, two cellists, and one double-bass player. Eleonora Turovsky was appointed concertmaster. (It should be noted that she is also a well-known painter, her work having attracted attention at exhibitions in both Moscow and Montreal.) In 1983, Turovsky and his I Musici group began making recordings for the Chandos label. Their more successful efforts included the Shostakovich Symphony No. 14, the Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence, and Schoenberg's Verklärte Nachte. In 1993, Turovsky departed the Borodin Trio as his activities both in the concert hall and recording studio were growing more demanding. He had made about 25 recordings with the group, which included performances of piano trios by Hummel, Mozart, Mendelssohn, and many other works. Read less
Browse 1-23 of 23 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    Seeds
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 96046 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Niccolň Paganini,  Jules Massenet,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Angčle Dubeau,  James Ehnes,  Yekwon Sunwoo,  Benjamin Beilman  ... 
    Conductor:  Joseph Rescigno,  Yoav Talmi,  Ivan Marinov,  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta,  I Musici de Montreal
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    Rachmaninov Edition: Complete Works
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9071 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 28
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Earl Wild,  Olga Lutsiv-Ternovskaya,  Leonid Bomstein,  Viacheslav Pochapsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Leonard Slatkin,  Valeri Polyanskii  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Complete Tranquility
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10565 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Alexander Borodin,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Trostiansky,  Yuli Turovsky,  Gregory Shaverdian,  David Owen Norris  ... 
    Conductor:  Yuli Turovsky,  Maxim Shostakovich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici de Montreal,  Ensemble Repercussion
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    Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio In A / Borodin Trio
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8348 Release Date: 07/20/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Rostislav Dubinsky,  Yuli Turovsky,  Luba Edlina
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Borodin Trio
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  • 5.
    French Music For Violin & Cello / E Turovsky, Y Turovsky
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8358 Release Date: 07/06/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arthur Honegger,  Bohuslav Martinu,  Maurice Ravel,  Jean Rivier
    Performer:  Eleonora Turovsky,  Yuli Turovsky
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  • 6.
    Shostakovich, Prokofiev: Cello Sonatas / Turovsky, Edlina
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8340 Release Date: 10/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Yuli Turovsky,  Luba Edlina
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  • 7.
    Violonchello Espanol / Turovsky, I Musici
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 22006 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaspar Cassadó,  Alexander Glazunov,  Isaac Albeniz,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Yuli Turovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici de Montreal,  I Musici
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    Brahms: The 3 Piano Quartets / Borodin Trio, Rivka Golani
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8809 Release Date: 07/14/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Rivka Golani,  Luba Edlina,  Rostislav Dubinsky,  Yuli Turovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Borodin Trio
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    Tchaikovsky, Alyabiev: Piano Trios / Borodin Trio
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8975 Release Date: 07/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Alyabyev,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Yuli Turovsky,  Rostislav Dubinsky,  Luba Edlina
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Borodin Trio
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  • 10.
    Cello From Haydn To Bernstein / Turovsky
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 298946 Release Date: 09/20/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Luigi Boccherini,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Yuli Turovsky
    Conductor:  Yuli Turovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici de Montreal
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  • 11.
    Jewels Of The 20th Century - Ravel, Prokofiev, Debussy, Satie, Shostakovich, Etc
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29786 Release Date: 05/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  André Mathieu,  Bohuslav Martinu,  Sergei Prokofiev,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Alain Lefčvre,  Alain Marion,  Angčle Dubeau,  Marc-André Hamelin  ... 
    Conductor:  Igor Blazhkov,  Yoav Talmi,  Yuli Turovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kiev Symphony Orchestra,  Quebec Symphony Orchestra,  I Musici
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  • 12.
    Analekta - 20 Years Of Excellence / Lamon, Soly, Schmithusen, Istomin, Weil
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 299705 Release Date: 05/15/2007   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Bohuslav Martinu,  Jean Sibelius,  André Mathieu  ... 
    Performer:  Anton Kuerti,  Angčle Dubeau,  Marc-André Hamelin,  Alain Marion  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivan Marinov,  Yoav Talmi,  Jeanne Lamon,  Angčle Dubeau  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Quebec Symphony Orchestra,  Tafelmusik  ... 
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  • 13.
    Violonchelo Espanol / I Musici, Turovsky
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29897 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaspar Cassadó,  Alexander Glazunov,  Isaac Albeniz,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Yuli Turovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici de Montreal
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  • 14.
    Dvorák: Piano Trios 1-4 / Borodin Trio
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 24124 Release Date: 06/21/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Rostislav Dubinsky,  Luba Edlina,  Yuli Turovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Borodin Trio
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    Schubert: Piano Trios No 1 & 2 / Borodin Trio
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10033 Release Date: 11/26/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Rostislav Dubinsky,  Yuli Turovsky,  Luba Edlina
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Borodin Trio
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    Beethoven: Piano Trios 'ghost' & 'archduke'/ Borodin Trio
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9296 Release Date: 07/26/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Rostislav Dubinsky,  Luba Edlina,  Yuli Turovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Borodin Trio
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  • 17.
    Boccherini, Vivaldi: Cello Concertos / Yuli Turovsky
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8408 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Luigi Boccherini
    Performer:  Yuli Turovsky,  Alain Aubut
    Conductor:  Yuli Turovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici de Montreal
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  • 18.
    Brahms: Horn Trio, Clarinet Trio / Borodin Trio, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8606 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Luba Edlina,  James Campbell,  Yuli Turovsky,  Rostislav Dubinsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Borodin Trio
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  • 19.
    Jc Bach, Boccherini: Cello Concertos, Etc / Yuli Turovsky
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8470 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Casadesus,  Johann Christian Bach,  Luigi Boccherini
    Performer:  Yuli Turovsky,  Eleonora Turovsky
    Conductor:  Yuli Turovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici de Montreal
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  • 20.
    Kodály: Solo Cello Sonata, Duo  / Turovsky, Turovsky
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8427 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Zoltán Kodály
    Performer:  Yuli Turovsky,  Eleonora Turovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turovsky Duo
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  • 21.
    Miaskovsky, Rachmaninov: Cello Sonatas / Turovsky, Edlina
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8523 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolay Myaskovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Yuli Turovsky,  Luba Edlina
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  • 22.
    Music On Hebrew Themes / Turovsky, I Musici De Montreal
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8800 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest Bloch,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Yuli Turovsky,  Nadia Pelle,  Mary Ann Hart
    Conductor:  Yuli Turovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici de Montreal
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  • 23.
    Ravel: Piano Trio; Debussy: Sonatas / Borodin Trio
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8458 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Rostislav Dubinsky,  Luba Edlina,  Yuli Turovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Borodin Trio
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  • 24.
    Schumann: The 3 Piano Trios, Fantasiestucke / Borodin Trio
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8832 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Luba Edlina,  Yuli Turovsky,  Rostislav Dubinsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Borodin Trio
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  • 25.
    Tranquility / Yuli Turovsky, I Musici De Montreal
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8573 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Luigi Boccherini,  Unico Graf Van Wassenaer,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Yuli Turovsky,  Dmitri Shostakovich Jr.,  Timothy Hutchins,  Alain Aubut  ... 
    Conductor:  Yuli Turovsky,  Maxim Shostakovich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici de Montreal
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