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A cellist of two worlds

Yuli Turovsky, principal cellist of Rudolf Barshai’s Moscow Chamber Orchestra, later co-founder of i Musici di Montreal, died on Monday night, aged 73.

Leaving Russia in 1976, he settled the following year in Canada where, with his late wife Eleonora, he founded a successful recording ensemble. With Rotislav Dubinsky, formerly of the Borodin Quartet, he founded the Borodin Trio with Luba Edlina as pianist. They were the first Russian musical defectors to make it in the West, a beacon of hope for many who followed.


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  1. Emil Archambault says:

    He is the founder of the I Musici string orchestra, which he directed until 2011. His wife, Eleonora Turovsky, was the concertmaster of the Orchestra for all his tenure, and his daughter played in the orchestra as well. In 2011, he stepped down due to illness and passed over to the new Music Director, Jean-Marie Zeitouni.

    Yuli Turovsky was also the teacher of Stéphane Tétrault, a fast-rising 18 year-old cellist from Montreal.

    Here’s the I Musici press release:

  2. David Rowe says:

    This is very sad news. It was my great pleasure and privilege to represent the Borodin Trio during the 1980s and 90s. Yuli, (like Rosti and Luba) was a superb musician, but an even more inspiring human being. They all shared a wonderful generosity of spirit and open-hearted approach to everybody fortunate enough to cross paths with them.
    The world is measurably poorer for this loss. Rest well, Yuli.

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