I Musici de Montréal
The Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montréal is an award-winning 15-piece chamber orchestra whose vast repertoire ranges from baroque music to contemporary music. Founded in 1983 by cellist and conductor Yuli Turovsky, who served as its conductor until May 2011, I Musici de Montréal’s exceptional quality quickly drew recognition: As early as 1987 the ensemble was named “Chamber Orchestra of the Year” by the Canadian Music Council, and I Musici has since earned a distinguished reputation abroad. The ensemble has toured extensively in the last 27 years, giving audiences from 23 countries a chance to fully appreciate the virtuosity and exceptional cohesion of its outstanding musicians. I Musici de Montréal and maestro Yuli Turovsky have released more than 40 recordings, many of which have earned awards and distinctions both at home and on the international stage.
The Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montréal has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls. As well as earn a loyal public following, I Musici de Montréal has garnered widespread critical praise for its precision, virtuosity and high level of excellence – the hallmarks of the orchestra’s style. These qualities have served to confirm the orchestra’s distinguished position on both the national and international stages.
In June 2011, conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni was appointed principal conductor and artistic director designate of I Musici de Montréal. Hailed as one of the most brilliant young orchestra conductors in Canada for his expressive and convincing style, Jean-Marie Zeitouni graduated from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal in conducting, percussion and composition. In addition to his responsibilities with I Musici, Zeitouni is musical director of the Columbus Symphony (Ohio) and first guest conductor of the Violons du Roy, an ensemble with which he has given more than 200 concerts in North America over the last 10 years.
Jean-Marie Zeitouni has emerged as one of Canada’s brightest young conductors. His eloquent yet fiery style, in repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music, results in regular re-engagements across North America. He studied with Maestro Raffi Armenian and graduated from the Montréal Conservatory in conducting, percussion, and theory. In addition to his new responsibilities as Artistic Director Designate and Conductor of Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montréal, Mr. Zeitouni is Music Director of the Columbus Symphony in Ohio. He also is Principal Guest Conductor of Les Violons du Roy until the end of the 2011-2012 season.