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Eleonora Turovsky
Article mis en ligne le jeudi 22 mars 2012

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Violinist and passionate professor Eleonora Turovsky passed away March 3.

International musician and wellknown violin professor Eleonora Turovsky passed away March 2 at age 72.

The performer led the Montreal chamber music ensemble I Musici since its creation and played viola for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra as well as teaching at the Université de Montreal from 1991 to 2012.

Born in Russia, Turovsky studied with Dmitri Tziganov, first violinist of the celebrated Beethoven Quartet, and earned a doctorate from the Moscow Conservatory. She performed as a soloist with Madrigal Ensemble there, in addition to playing with the Moscow Radio Chamber Orchestra and Conservatory Trio.

Eleonora later toured Europe with her equally accomplished cellist husband Yuli as the Turovsky Duo, in addition to performing on dozens of recordings for prestigious record labels Chandos and Analekta.

The couple settled in Montreal in 1977 and founded I Musici in 1983, with Yuli as conductor. Both also taught at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec à Montreal as well as at the UdeM, and shaped innumerable young musicians at the Orford Arts Centre’s professional music camp.

Last year, the couple formed the Orchestre de Chambre Nouvelle Génération in order to provide an outlet for their students and other young musicians to present their own interpretations of ensemble repertoire.

A documentary on Eleonora Turovsky, Le violon sur la toile, was filmed in 1995 to explore the life of the passionate musician who suffered a performance career-ending wrist fracture in 2010.

Turovsky died of cancer. The funeral was held March 6 in Montreal.

[ Ingrid Wissink ]

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