"Turovsky was a magnificent cello soloist in 3
Jewish Pieces by Ernest Bloch. His idiomatic inflection of the musical
line was a masterly blend of vibratos and volume"
"There is no doubting the musicality of this
man. He sang out in scintillating musical sentences"
"a cellist who plays like a one-man orchestra". San
"This work is a dizzying ride of brutally
difficult cello technique... Turovsky handled his playing in a
carefree and effortless manner that
belied the immense challenges this work presents. "
Classical Voice CVNC
"a musician of great warmth and passion"
"He could make me happy just by playing scales"
San Antonio Star
|Acclaimed cellist and
conductor Yuli Turovsky is an active soloist and recording artist, as
well as the founding music director of
Musici de Montreal. Turovsky is celebrating the anniversary of his
25th year of music-making in Canada The season includes special
programs featuring cello concertos. The culminating anniversary
concert, at McGill University's Pollack Hall on May 9th was recorded
for television and will be broadcast internationally, including across
the Bravo Cable Network and on TV5 in France.
The concert and broadcast coincide with the release of the orchestra's
latest CD for the Chandos label - the 41st in 19 years entitled
The Modern ‘Cello and featuring Turovsky as soloist. The
repertoire is of music composed in the 20th century that was either
written or arranged for the cello. Exploring different aspects of the
character and technical diversity of the cello, the recording includes
Three Meditations for Cello and orchestra, from Leonard
Bernstein’s Mass; The Nocturnal Dances of Don JuanQuixote by
the Finnish composer Aulis Sallinen; Trauermusik for alto
(‘cello or violin) and Orchestra by Paul Hindemith; Rhapsody No 1,
Op. 87 by Béla Bartok and, Figaro, a concert transcription for
‘Cello and chamber orchestra by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (arr. Darren
Moscow, Yuli Turovsky began playing cello at the age of seven. Student
of the famous Galina Kozolupova, he graduated with the highest honors
from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and went on to achieve a doctorate
in music. In 1969, he won the USSR Cello Competition and, a year
later, was one of the winners at the 22nd International Competition
"Spring of Prague."
Prior to his emigration from the former Soviet Union in 1976, Mr.
Turovsky appeared on international tours with the Moscow Chamber
Orchestra, both as soloist and orchestra member, under Rudolph Barshai.
As a Canadian citizen, residing in Montreal, Yuli Turovsky remained
active both on stage and in the recording studio: as soloist and
member of the Turovsky Duo (together with his wife Eleonora,
Musici de Montreal). Mr. Turovsky was also a member of the great
Borodin Trio, founded in 1977, with whom he performed until 1993.
The quality of his performances as featured soloist with many major
orchestras, including appearances in Montreal, Detroit, Chicago,
Athens, Jerusalem, Stockholm and Cape Town, with over eighty highly
acclaimed recordings on Melodya, CBS, CBC and Chandos labels, have
made him a favorite of audiences around the world.
In 1983, Yuli Turovsky founded
Musici de Montreal Chamber Orchestra, quickly recognized as one of
Canadaís leading ensembles, as well as on the international cultural
scene. As Artistic Director and conductor of this string orchestra,
Mr. Turovsky has made more than thirty recordings and has toured
extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
In conjunction with his career as a performer and conductor, Yuli
Turovsky has taught for many years at the Faculty of Music of the
Université de Montréal. He has served as Artistic Director of Orford's