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Montreal lost an important musical figure on March 2 with the passing of violinist and pedagogue Eleonora Turovsky. She was 72 years old.

Turovsky was best known as the concertmaster of I Musici de Montréal, the chamber orchestra founded by her husband, cellist Yuli Turovsky, in 1983.

Eleonora and Yuli Turovsky performed regularly as a duo. The French music magazine Diapaison recognized their recording of Zoltan Kodaly's music with a Diapaison d'Or.

Eleonora taught violin and viola at the Université de Montréal from 1991 to 2012. Born in Moscow in September 1939, she studied at the Moscow Conservatory and taught at the Ippolitov-Ivanov College of Music from 1964 to 1976. She became a naturalized Canadian in 1980.

In 1995 the National Film Board of Canada produced a documentary, Le Violon sur la toile, about the life of Eleonora.

Watch her play Ralph Vaughan-Williams' The Lark Ascending with I Musici de Montréal under the direction of her husband.



Share your memories of Eleonora Turovsky and I Musici de Montréal in the comments below, or write to us at classical@cbc.ca.


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Violinist Eleonora Turovsky dies at 72

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Kelly Rice
#1 posted by
Kelly Rice
on Mar 02, 2012

Eleonora was a violinist of passion and conviction.  She felt every note she played. 

Diminuendo
#2 posted by
Diminuendo
on Mar 03, 2012

That's a nice tribute. Condolences to her family and everyone who enjoyed her music.

alison carpenter
#3 posted by
alison carpenter
on Mar 04, 2012

I am deeply saddened by this news.  Madame Turovsky was my beloved and devoted teacher from 1979-1984.  She opened the door to a colourful world of passion, art and music for me.  She made my life better.  Montreal will miss her and has lost a piece of its beating heart with her death.

Robert Rowat
#4 posted by
Robert Rowat
on Mar 04, 2012

Thanks for taking the time to share your memories, Alison. Eleonora Turovsky has left an important legacy not only through her many recordings and concerts, but also through her students who continue the tradition.

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