This permanent chamber orchestra of 14 musicians was founded in 1983 by conductor and cellist Yuli Turovsky. The orchestra’s repertory covers Baroque to contemporary music, which it performs in over a hundred concerts annually in Montreal and on tour in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.
From the time of its inception, I Musici de Montreal has recorded 36 compact discs with Chandos Records, which have been distributed in more than 50 countries. It has earned several awards, including the “Diapason d’or” for its recording of Shostakovitch’s Symphony No. 14 in 1988, as well as the 1992 Penguin Guide’s “Rosette” for its recording of Händel’s Concerti Grossi, Op. 6; the Guide cited the performance as a reference for the work. In December of 1998, the Conseil québécois de la musique awarded the group two Opus Prizes: one for “Recording event of the year,” another for “Best recording of contemporary music,” both awarded for a CD comprising works by Gorecki, Pärt and Schnittke. In March of 1999 I Musici de Montréal received the Montreal Urban Community Arts Council’s Grand Prix for its exceptional contribution to the growth and dissemination of music in the Montreal Urban Community region.
Passionately and inspiringly directed by Yuli Turovsky, who performs both as the orchestra’s conductor and soloist, I Musici has played in some of the world’s best-known concert halls: New York City’s Lincoln Centre; Brussels’ Palais des Beaux-Arts; Leipzig’s Gewandhaus; Tokyo’s Kioi Hall, Toronto’s Ford Centre; and Geneva’s Victoria Hall. Since 2021, Jean-François Rivest conducts the prestigious orchestra as artistic adviser and principal guest conductor.