I MUSICI DE MONTRÉAL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

At every concert, I Musici strives to offer a unique musical experience that emphasizes passion and excellence but above all audacity and innovation.

A little history

In 1977, cellist and conductor Yuli Turovsky (1939-2013) arrived in Canada with $50 in his pocket, a prodigious musical background and the dream of establishing a chamber music orchestra. His ambition and passion made the dream a reality with the founding of I Musici de Montréal in 1983. Almost 35 years later, the magic continues, both on the Montreal stage and across the country, thanks to 15 exceptionally talented musicians and the artistic direction of Jean-Marie Zeitouni.

MANDATE AND MISSION

The Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montréal is a non-profit organization constituted under Part III of the Québec Companies Act. Founded in 1983 by cellist and conductor Yuli Turovsky, who served as its conductor until May 2011, the orchestra is made up of 15 musicians whose vast repertoire ranges from baroque music to contemporary music. Its chief mission is to promote and contribute to the knowledge, development, composition and execution of music, particularly chamber music.

History

1983
An orchestra composed of music students studying under Yuli and Eleonora Turovsky records the Concerti grossi, opus 6 by Handel for the Société Radio-Canada.

1984
I Musici marks its debut concert at Redpath Hall, part of the faculty of music at McGill University. / I Musici de Montréal signs an exclusive recording contract with the British label Chandos. / First American tour.

1986
First concert tour in various Montreal municipalities.

1987
I Musici de Montréal receives the award for “Ensemble of the Year” from the Canadian Music Council.

1988
I Musici releases its recording of Symphony no. 14 by Dmitri Shostakovich, earning the Montreal-based ensemble the Diapason d’or presented by the prestigious monthly magazine Diapason.

1990
The Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montréal becomes a permanent orchestra hiring its musicians on an annual basis. / First tour of Asia.

1992
I Musici receives a Rosette from the Penguin Guide to Compact Discs and Cassettes for its recording of the Concerti grossi, opus 6 by Handel. This disk is still considered a benchmark recording. / First European tour. / Participation in the prestigious Mostly Mozart Festival in New York.

1993
To dedicate himself to the artistic direction of I Musici, Yuli Turovsky leaves the Trio Borodine, which he co-founded in 1977. I Musici presents its debut concert in the Ogilvy Concert Series, presented at the famous department store’s Tudor Hall.

1994
I Musici de Montréal becomes the first Canadian orchestra to perform in China and Vietnam during a tour of eight Asian countries.

1995
Yuli Turovsky is named artistic director of the Orford Arts Centre, and I Musici de Montréal becomes its orchestra in residence.

1996
I Musici de Montréal wins the FÉLIX for “Classical Album of the Year” in the orchestra or large ensemble category for its album Ginestera / Villa-Lobos / Evangelista.

1997
I Musici de Montréal receives the Juno Award presented by the Canadian Academy of Recordings and Sciences for “Best Classical Album” in the large ensemble or soloist with large ensemble category for its album Ginestera / Villa-Lobos / Evangelista.

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1998
I Musici de Montréal celebrates its 15th anniversary. To mark the occasion, Canadian composer Denis Gougeon is commissioned to create a work called Coups d’archets. / The Conseil québécois de la musique presents two Opus Prizes to I Musici de Montréal for “Discographic Event of the Year” and “Best Contemporary Music Recording” for its recording of works by Gorecki, Pärt and Schnittke.
I Musici de Montréal receives the Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal for its exceptional contribution to the growth and development of music.

2002
I Musici de Montréal takes part in the “Soirées de Luxembourg” under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg. The concert is broadcast on the radio with the collaboration of the European Broadcasting Union.

2003
I Musici de Montréal celebrates its 20th anniversary with a concert at Pollack Hall, part of the faculty of music at McGill University. The concert is broadcast live on Radio-Canada’s Chaîne culturelle. Radio Canada International also broadcasts the concert worldwide by satellite. / I Musici de Montréal’s 40th recording, The Modern Cello, receives the Opus Prize from the Conseil québécois de la musique for “Disk of the Year” in the classical, Romantic and modern music category.

2004
I Musici de Montréal receives a special Opus Prize (Rayonnement à l’étranger) from the Conseil québécois de la musique. / I Musici takes part in the famed Festival Casals de Puerto Rico. / Egberto Guismonti joins I Musici de Montréal for a concert presented at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal.

2005
I Musici de Montréal releases Violonchello Espagnol, its first recording on the Canadian label Analekta. The CD features Yuli Turovsky on cello and at the helm of the orchestra. / Presentation of the world premiere of the animated film based on paintings titled “Pictures at an Exhibition” by artist Natasha Turovsky, inspired by the musical work of the same title by Mussorgsky. / The prestigious British monthly The Strad publishes a feature-length article on I Musici de Montréal and its discography (November 2005).

2008
I Musici celebrates its 25th year of existence with an exceptional season.

2011
Beloved I Musici de Montréal founder and artistic director, Yuli Turovsky, steps down for health reasons. / Jean-Marie Zeitouni is appointed principal conductor and artistic director designate of I Musici de Montréal.

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