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 boroughs.

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.

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.

1999

I Musici de Montréal receives the Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal for its exceptional and unique contribution to the growth and development of music.

2000

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.

2001

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 Gismonti 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).

2006

Julien Proulx appointed conductor-in-residence.

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.

2013

Passing of Yuli Turovsky, I Musici de Montréal’s founder, on January 15th 2013. Premiere of a new work by Nicolas Gilbert.

2014

Premiere of a new work by Denis Gougeon celebrating I Musici de Montréal’s 30th anniversary.

2015

Ghassan Alaboud is appointed conductor-in-residence. Web broadcast on medici.tv of a concert at Domaine Forget with Marie-Nicole Lemieux.

2016

Syrian refugees are welcomes at numerous conductors. Premiere of a new work by Katia Makdissi-Warren.

2017

Premieres of new works by Nicolas Gilbert and Julien Bilodeau. First education project with Une école montréalaise pour tous. Concerts and education initiatives in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro part of the Sintonias Canada-Brasil Music Festival. Web broadcast on medici.tv of a concert with pianist Christian Blackshaw at Montreal’s Maison symphonique. Start of a new new education collaboration with the McCord Museum. Jean-Marie Zeitouni renews his contract as Artistic Director through 2021.

2018

I Musici goes back in time during the Enchanted Music project at the McCord Museum, where Ogilvy’s Holiday window displays are featured. Premiere of a new work by Éric Champagne. Founding violinist Françoise Morin-Lyons retires from the ensemble.

2019

Start of a new collaboration with the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. Premieres of new works by Julien Bilodeau and Denis Gougeon to commemorate the ensemble’s 35th anniversary.

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