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Yuli Turovsky (Cello, Conductor)

Born: June 7, 1939 - Moscow, Russia
Died: January 15, 2013 - Montréal, Québec. Canada

The Russian born Canadian, cellist, conductor and teacher, Yuli Turovsky, began studying cello at the age of 7. He first attended the Moscow Central Music from 1946 to 1957, then pursued his studies at the Moscow Conservatory with Galina Kozolupova from 1957 to 1969. He obtained his diploma in 1962 and his Doctorate also in 1969, both from the Moscow Conservatory. In 1969 he won the USSR Cello Competition and the following year was awarded 2nd prize at the 22nd International 'Spring of Prague' Competition.

During this period Yuli Turovsky was principal cello of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra under Rudolf Barshai and participated in many recordings for Melodiya records. He taught at the Central Music School and was Galina Kozolupova's assistant at the Moscow Conservatory. He also conducted a chamber orchestra at the Gnesin College of Music in Moscow. He left the Soviet Union in 1976 and and settled in Montreal the next year.

In 1976 Yuli Turovsky formed the Borodin Trio with Rotislav Dubinsky (violin), and Luba Edlina (piano) with whom he frequently toured in Europe, Canada and the USA, including performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and at Avery Fisher Hall in New York and at many festivals, and made numerous recordings for the Chandos label. In 1980 he became a naturalized Canadian. In 1983 he founded I Musici de Montréal of which he is director. As a soloist, he played with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (MSO), Orchestre Métropolitain and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. WIth his wife, Eleonora, he is part of the Turovsky Duo which toured Europe.

Yuli Turovsky taught at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec (CMM) from 1977 to 1985 and at the University of Montreal beginning in 1981. On June 4, 2010 he was named Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec by the province’s Premier Jean Charest in the Legislative Council chamber of the Parliament building. “For thirty years, you have sustained an outstanding level of energy that greatly enriched our musical life,” said Charest upon bestowing the award. “You are a true cultural ambassador of our province.”

Eleonora Turovsky

Born: September 23, 1939 - Moscow, Russia

The Russian-born Canadian, violinist and teacher, Eleonora Turovsky (b Leonova), also studied at the Central Music School of Moscow (1956-1958) and subsequently at the Moscow Cons where she obtained a diploma in 1963 and a doctorate in 1966. She taught at the Ippolitov-Ivanov College of Music (1964-1976), where she became head of the string dept in 1968. She was a member of the Moscow Consevatory Trio and of the Radio Chamber Orchestra. She was a member of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (1978-1990) and became principal violin of I Musici de Montréal at its founding. She has occasionaly performed with the Borodin Trio. She has taught at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec and at Concordia University. She became a naturalized Canadian in 1980.


Source: The Canadian Encyclopedia © 2010 Historica Foundation of Canada (Author: Nadia Turbide)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (July 2010)

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Yuli Turovsky


Bach-Honegger: Prélude, Arioso & Fughette sur le nom de Bach, for piano, H81, arranged for string orchestra

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