2014-2015 Tour Dates Announced
Jean-Marie Zeitouni - new Principal Conductor and Artistic
I Musici de Montréal
2012-2013 Season Brochure [PDF]
Jean-Marie Zeitouni bio
"…the musicians of I Musici led by Jean-Marie Zeitouni [delivered] a concert
that was nothing short of superb. The program, for its part, was intelligent,
and while it strayed from the beaten path, it was still highly accessible and
refined." Le Devoir
"...playing of great technical precision, warmth and fine rhythmic elan."
Sunday Times, London
"The ensemble produced a beautiful homogeneous sound. Under the baton of
guest conductor Airat Ichmouratov, I Musici di Montréal performed the work with
admirable subtlety and finesse." Kansas City Star
"...every player was not only alert but brilliantly assured. It is hard to do
justice to the effect of such playing, vividly committed from top to bottom..."
Financial Times, London
"...winning, persuasive artists of the highest caliber..." Washington Times
"This ensemble had real force, real impact...an extremely
successful evening thanks to, and principally because of, the musicians who
worked as a unit and who were visibly happy to be there." Le Devoir
"Turovsky poured passion
into the interpretation, but kept it from an over-romantized reading."
"But among the chamber orchestras of international calibre that have played at
Leipzig's Gewandhaus, I Musici de Montréal stands out with a unique character,
no doubt instilled by its founder and artistic director"
"A spellbindingly unified ensemble."
"Whiplash precision and tension"
Stereo Review, New York
"I Musici proved a phenomenon...The 14 strings played with the perfection of 14
South China Morning Post, Hong Kong
"The Incredible String Band"
The Independent, London
"From this orchestra, I Musici de Montréal, comes a rich and warm sound. Yuli
Turovsky draws out of them a superb performance."
Yedioth Ahronoth, Tel Aviv
"...superb sonority, superior organization,
under the conducting of Yuli Turovsky."
Le Méridional, Marseille, France
I Musici de Montréal Website
Sibelius Romance sample
I Musici de Montréal
Sibelius Romance sample
Jean-Marie Zeitouni, Artistic Director
I Musici de Montréal has developed a well-deserved reputation as one of the
world's finest chamber orchestras. Known for its gutsy, passionate music-making,
I Musici de Montréal presents imaginative programs that draw on repertoire
spanning the centuries. In the recording studio and in nearly ninety concerts a year at home and on tour, the orchestra's precision,
cohesion, brio, and distinctive sound charm audiences and critics. It's Montréal
series is under Jean-Marie Zeitouni is "nothing short of superb" hails Le
Devoir. And Fanfare
magazine added its voice to the chorus of praise when it named I Musici
de Montréal "one of the best chamber orchestras in North America."
Now under the leadership of Principal Conductor and Artistic Director Jean-Marie Zeitouni,
the orchestra steps into the future with
new enthusiasm, while bidding a loving farewell to Yuli Turovsky, founding
Artistic Director and conductor (1939-2013).
Touring beautifully crafted programs of European Masters, Russian Masters,
collaborating with acclaimed guest artists and creating innovative events with
film, the group has been hailed as a
"spellbindingly unified ensemble." [Toronto Star]
In addition to the orchestra's active home season and recording schedule,
I Musici de Montréal has performed in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Lincoln,
Atlanta, New York, a return to Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood and dozens of other
communities from coast to coast.
Recent tours include
seven concerts in the Peoples Republic of China and Japan, a European tour that featured the closing performance at the prestigious
Les Soirées de Luxembourg Festival, major tours in Israel and South
America, and annual tours of the United States and Canada.
A wide variety of
youth programs, workshops, concerts in which young performers join them on
stage, and other educational activities are available on tour.
Since it was
founded in 1983, the orchestra's more than forty recordings have been
distributed in 48 countries around the world (on the British label Chandos
Records). They have been awarded many honors, including "Best Chamber Ensemble
of the Year" from Canadian Council of Music in 1987, and a "Diapason d'or" for a
recording of the Symphony No. 14 by Shostakovich in 1988. "The Penguin Guide to
Compact Discs and Cassettes, 1992," singled out I Musici de Montréal's CD of
Handel's Concerti Grossi, Op. 6/1-12 for the coveted award of a "Rosette",
denoting a recording of "special illumination, magic ... that places it in a
very special class." In 1996, I Musici de Montréal was awarded a "Félix" and a "Juno" for
the Best Classical Album of 1996 in the Large Ensemble category for its
recording of Ginastera - Villa Lobos - Evangelista. In 2002, the Quebec Music
Council awarded their coveted CD of the Year Award to I Musici de Montréal and
‘cellist Yuli Turovsky for the release titled The Modern ‘Cello, which
won in the category of Best recording of the year - classical, modern and
Principal Conductor and Artistic Director Jean-Marie Zeitouni has
emerged as one of Canada’s brightest young conductors. His eloquent yet fiery
style, in repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary
music, results in regular re-engagements across North America. In addition to
his new responsibilities with I Musici de Montréal, Mr. Zeitouni is Music
Director of the Columbus Symphony, and has recently concluded an appointment as Principal Guest Conductor of Les Violons du Roy, an ensemble with which he
has given more than 200 concerts throughout North America over the last 10
New tour dates announced: During the 2014-2015 season, I Musici de Montréal
November 8-16, 2014 & February 27 - March 8, 2015.