Ronald Turini, Vol. III  (St Laurent Studio YSL 33-1309)
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Ronald Turini, Vol. III  (St Laurent Studio YSL 33-1309)
P1440. RONALD TURINI: Bach, Hétu, Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Scriabin, Chopin & Hindemith (the latter's Sonatina #2 in G). [Exquisite and inspired pianism from a wonderful artist!] (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 33-1309, recorded Pavillon du Canada, Exposition universelle and 1965. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.


“Pianist and teacher Ronald Turini graduated in 1950 from the Conservatory of Music of Montréal. Born of a US-Italian father and a Canadian mother of Danish origin, he had piano lessons as a very young child from his mother and from Frank Hanson at the McGill Conservatory. He enrolled at the Conservatory of Music of Montréal at nine and studied there with Yvonne Hubert, Germaine Malépart and Isidor Philipp until 1950. Prior to his graduation he made his debut at the MSO's Matinées symphoniques under Wilfrid Pelletier. He won the Prix Archambault in 1950. He entered Mannes College, New York, in 1953, and had lessons there with Isabelle Vengerova and later with Olga Stroumillo, who introduced him to Vladimir Horowitz. Horowitz taught the young pianist for five years and became the major influence on his playing.

After winning second prize at the 1960 Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition he toured Canada under the auspices of the Canada Council. On January 23, 1961, Turini made his American debut at Carnegie Hall, playing sonatas by Schumann and Hindemith, etudes by Chopin and Scriabin, and pieces by Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Ravel and Scarlatti. The next day, NEW YORK TIMES music critic Harold C. Schonberg characterized Turini as ‘resplendent’, adding that ‘in addition to technical expertness, there was a quality of aristocracy to the performance’. He returned there in 1964 and 1967. That same year, Turini performed Schumann's Piano Concerto with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra under Zubin Mehta, receiving praise for his ‘placid sensitivity’ as well as his ‘passion and power’.

Ronald Turini continued to receive highly favourable reviews and soon acquired an international reputation. He toured in the USSR and South America in 1963, 1965, and 1968. As a concerto soloist he performed in the USA with the National SO of Washington in 1968, with the San Antonio SO in 1970, and with other orchestras. He also performed with the Melbourne SO on its North American tour in 1971. In 1965 he played in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and in several recital halls in London including Wigmore Hall. In 1967 he performed at the Institut canadien in Québec City and at the Canadian Pavilion at Expo 67, was a soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Adrian Boult, and gave recitals in France and Ireland. The following year he played Rachhmaninoff's Concerto #3 with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He performed with the Orford String Quartet on a 1969-70 JMC tour and in a 1976 chamber music recital at Place des Arts and appeared with Ida Haendel in a series of duo-sonata recitals for Montréal's Pro Musica Society in 1980.”