Zeitouni and Gluzman: Beethoven and the avant-garde

Vadim Gluzman, one of the finest violinists on the world stage, reunites with his former confederate Jean-Marie Zeitouni in a program that brings together the sublime and the avant-garde through the presentation of works by Beethoven, Schnittke and Prokofiev.

Tuesday March 17, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.

Bourgie Hall at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts



To open the concert, I Musici expands in strength to perform Prokofiev’s vibrant Classical Symphony. Next, Gluzman and Julie Triquet, the I Musici concertmaster, exchange thoughts in Alfred Schnittke’s whimsical Concerto Grosso No. 1. And in closing, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto is presented in a new light with the insertion of Schnittke’s cadenzas.

Vadim Gluzman is a Ukrainian-born Israeli musician who ranks internationally with the most talented violinists today. His vast repertoire, including new music, is heard around the world thanks to several award-winning recordings on the BIS label. The tributes he has earned are impressive: Diapason d’Or de l’année, Gramophone magazine’s Editor’s Choice, the Choc de Classica award from the magazine Classica, and disc of the month from a list of media outlets that include The Strad, BBC Music Magazine and Classic FM.

He plays Leopold Auer’s legendary Stradivarius, dating from 1690, on loan through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

“He’s the violinist that a good many conductors – at least those interested in music and true artists – dream of having as a partner.”
– Christophe Huss, Le Devoir

Following the concert, the audience is invited to enjoy a mix-and-mingle with the artists in the Bourgie Hall lobby.


The I Grandi Concerti series – Where intensity springs to life

With the I Grandi Concerti series, I Musici de Montréal catches fire in a series of exceptional concerts under the baton of Jean-Marie Zeitouni or his guests. The rich and seductive sonorities of the expanded orchestra take over Bourgie Hall at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Sharing the stage with top-flight guest artists and conductors, I Musici allows you to discover or rediscover the great classics, while revealing hidden treasures of the repertoire. Passion and grandeur await you. Concerts in the series last from 90 to 120 minutes, including a 20-minute intermission.



Sergueï Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Symphony No.1, Op. 25 “Classical”

Gavotta : Non troppo allegro
Finale : Molto vivace

Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998)
Concerto grosso no.1

Preludio: Andante
Toccata: Allegro
Recitativo: Lento
Rondo: Agitato
Postludio: Andante


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op.61


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Founded in 1983 by Yuli Turovsky, the I Musici de Montréal Chamber Orchestra is comprised of 15 exceptional musicians whose varied repertoire ranges from the 17th century to today.  Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor and artistic visionary, has served as artistic director since 2011. Each I Musici de Montréal concert is a unique experience combining discovery, tradition and innovation in classical music.


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