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
Ginastera, Villa-lobos: Music For Strings / Yuli Turovsky
Release Date: 03/19/1996   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9434   Number of Discs: 1
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Boccherini, Vivaldi: Cello Concertos / Yuli Turovsky
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8408   Number of Discs: 1
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Shostakovich: Symphony No 14 / Turovsky, Holleque, Storojev
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8607   Number of Discs: 1
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Tranquility / Yuli Turovsky, I Musici De Montreal
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8573   Number of Discs: 1
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Klezmer / Yuli Turovsky, Kleztory, I Musici Di Montréal
Release Date: 04/27/2004   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5027   Number of Discs: 1
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    Verdi & Variations / Turovsky, I Musici de Montreal [Vinyl]
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9662 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-Olivier Dupin,  Antonio Pasculli,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Alexander Trostiansky,  Philippe Magnan
    Conductor:  Yuli Turovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici de Montreal
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    L'Excellence Se Fete - A Celebration of Excellence
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 297257 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  André Mathieu,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Alain Lefèvre,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Louise-Andrée Baril,  Valerie Milot  ... 
    Conductor:  Yoav Talmi,  Bruno Weil,  Jeanne Lamon,  Jean-Philippe Tremblay  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alcan String Quartet,  Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra,  La Pieta  ... 
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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: Souvenir De Florence / Yuli Turovsky, I Musici De Montreal
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29954 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Yuli Turovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici de Montreal
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    Shostakovich's Circle Vol 2 - Shostakovich, Weinberg, Ichmouratov / I Musici De Montréal
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29899 Release Date: 10/20/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Mieczyslaw Weinberg,  Airat Ichmouratov
    Conductor:  Yuli Turovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici de Montreal,  Muczynski Trio
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    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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    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 Lefèvre,  Alain Marion,  Angèle 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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    Analekta Les Must Compilation Vol 13 - The Finest Canadian Musicians
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 13 Release Date: 08/29/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonardo Leo,  German Galïnin,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Christina Mahler,  Serhiy Salov,  Yegor Dyachkov,  Jean Saulnier  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon,  Yuli Turovsky,  Olivier Fortin,  John Abberger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra,  I Musici de Montreal,  Gryphon Trio  ... 
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    Shostakovich's Circle / I Musici De Montréal
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29898 Release Date: 02/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  German Galïnin,  Galina Ustvolskaya,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Serhiy Salov
    Conductor:  Yuli Turovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici de Montreal
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  • 10.
    Bear Essentials - Great British Orchestral Classics
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 2428 Release Date: 09/20/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Arthur Bliss,  Sir William Walton,  Malcolm Arnold,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Ralph Kirshbaum,  Michael Davis
    Conductor:  Rumon Gamba,  Jan Latham-Koenig,  Sir David Willcocks,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Corigliano: Symphony No 2, Etc / Turovsky, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5035 Release Date: 04/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Corigliano
    Performer:  Eleonora Turovsky
    Conductor:  Yuli Turovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici de Montreal
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  • 12.
    Klezmer / Yuli Turovsky, Kleztory, I Musici Di Montréal
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5027 Release Date: 04/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Henri Oppenheim
    Conductor:  Yuli Turovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici de Montreal,  Kleztory
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    Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony, From Jewish Folk Poetry, Etc
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6617 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Nadia Pelle,  Mary Ann Hart,  Rodney Nolan
    Conductor:  Yuli Turovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici de Montreal
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    Britten: Four Sea Interludes, Etc / Handley, Bedford, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 2402 Release Date: 04/13/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Rivka Golani,  Christian Prévost,  Suzanne Careau,  David Ellis  ... 
    Conductor:  Yuli Turovsky,  Steuart Bedford,  Vernon Handley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici de Montreal,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Ulster Orchestra
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    Verdi & Variations / Turovsky, Magnan, Trostiansky, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9662 Release Date: 03/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Pasculli,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Marc-Olivier Dupin
    Performer:  Philippe Magnan,  Alexander Trostiansky
    Conductor:  Yuli Turovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici de Montreal
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    Górecki, Pärt, Schnittke / Turovsky, I Musici De Montréal
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9590 Release Date: 01/20/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke,  Arvo Pärt,  Henryk Mikolaj Górecki
    Performer:  Eleonora Turovsky,  Catherine Perrin,  Natalya Turovsky
    Conductor:  Yuli Turovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici de Montreal
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    Arensky: Violin Concerto;  Glazunov / Turovsky, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9528 Release Date: 02/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Anton Arensky
    Performer:  Maneli Pirzadeh,  Yegor Dyachkov,  Alexander Trostiansky
    Conductor:  Yuli Turovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici de Montreal
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    Ginastera, Villa-lobos: Music For Strings / Yuli Turovsky
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9434 Release Date: 03/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  José Evangelista,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Alberto Ginastera
    Conductor:  Yuli Turovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici de Montreal
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    Saint-saëns: Carnival Of The Animals;  Mozart / Turovsky
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9246 Release Date: 07/26/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  David Owen Norris
    Conductor:  Yuli Turovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici de Montreal
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    Tchaikovsky: Album For Children, Etc;  Mozart / Yurovsky
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9098 Release Date: 03/23/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Marc Bélanger,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Yuli Turovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici de Montreal
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  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    Handel: Concerti Grossi Op 6 / Turovsky, Musici De Montreal
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9004 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Conductor:  Yuli Turovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici de Montreal
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    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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  • 24.
    Mozart: Church Sonatas /Soly, Turovsky, I Musici De Montreal
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8745 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Geneviève Soly
    Conductor:  Yuli Turovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici de Montreal
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  • 25.
    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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