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Yuli Turovsky, cellist and founding conductor of I Musici de Montréal, died on Jan. 14. He was 73.

Born and educated in Moscow, Turovsky emigrated to Montreal in the late 1970s with his wife, Eleonora, who predeceased him in 2012. He quickly established himself as a soloist and chamber musician of the highest order. His recording of Zoltan Kodaly's Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 8, is considered the definitive version of this work:

 

In 1983, Turovsky founded I Musici de Montréal, a vibrant chamber orchestra known to many because of its 35-odd recordings on the Chandos label.

Turovsky was also an admired teacher, and held positions at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal from 1977-85 and at the University of Montreal from 1981 to the present. (One of his cello students, Stéphane Tétreault, was recently awarded the use of the Countess of Stainlein, ex-Paganini of 1707, considered by the New York Times as the greatest surviving Stradivarius cello.)

Online tributes to Turovsky have been pouring in. Here's a selection:

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Tributes to Yuli Turovsky, Montreal cellist and conductor

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Derek Lindner
#1 posted by
Derek Lindner
on Jan 15, 2013

He was our Rostropovich.

Gusto, sentiment, all encompassing.

When I first got into classical music in my 20's, if you met met someone the second thing they'd ask is what band you digged. I Musici was the band  I said to define myself. He's the constant through the decades.

At my first job after college, as we'd load up the survey gear, my partner would always say,

'Derek, you ready to Rock and Roll' and I say

'Yup, I'm ready to Shost and Kovich with Yuli Turovsky.'

Robert Rowat
#2 posted by
Robert Rowat
on Jan 15, 2013

Derek, those are touching memories. I had the pleasure of recording a number of I Musici's concerts for radio broadcast, and it struck me how the members of the orchestra, including Yuli and his wife Eleonora, were like a family. And that came across in their music, I think.

onlytony
#3 posted by
onlytony
on Jan 16, 2013

i musici were not strangers to me

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