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:

posted by Robert Rowat on Jan 15, 2013