Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi;  Ronald Turini  -  Bloomington  (2-St Laurent Studio YSL T-1294)
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Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi;  Ronald Turini  -  Bloomington  (2-St Laurent Studio YSL T-1294)
S0814. TSUYOSHI TSUTSUMI, w. Ronald Turini (Pf.): Cello Sonata #3 in A, Op.69 (Beethoven); Cello Sonata,Op.4 (Kodaly); Cello Sonata in g, Op10 (Debussy); Cello Sonata in g, Op.19 (Rachmaninoff). [An important YSL issue; the Rachmaninoff Sonata alone is worth the price for this set!] (Canada) 2-St Laurent Studio YSL T-1294, Live Performance, 1 July, 1991, Bloomington, Indiana. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.


“Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi was born in Tokyo, and his early training with Hideo Saito, Japan’s great master teacher and founder of the Toho Conservatory, led to his debut at the age of 12 with the Tokyo Philharmonic. Appearances with Japan’s leading orchestras followed, as did several major prizes, including Japan’s most prestigious, the Mainichi Music Competition. At 18 he made his first international tour as soloist with the NHK Symphony Orchestra to India, Russia and Europe. Following his Tokyo recital debut, a special Fulbright Foundation grant brought him to the USA to study with Janos Starker at Indiana University. Mr. Tsutsumi joined Indiana University’s music faculty as professor of music in 1988.

In 1963 he won International Casals Competition in Budapest, and was soon performing with the major orchestras around the world. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall with the New Japan Philharmonic, in Avery Fisher Hall with the NHK Symphony, and was the soloist at the opening concert of Tokyo’s new Suntory Hall. He has toured Japan with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the former Soviet Union with Seiji Ozawa and the Toho Gakuen Orchestra, with whom he also performed at the United Nations in a concert that was televised worldwide. Other tours have been with Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, the Tokyo Philharmonic to London and Paris, and the Austrian Broadcasting Symphony. In North America and Europe he has performed with the National Symphony, the Chicago, Indianapolis, Toronto, and Vancouver symphonies; London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Concertgebouw, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, the ORTF in Paris, the Berlin Radio Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome, and the Czech Philharmonic, with which he recorded the Dvorák Cello Concerto for CBS-Sony.

In Canada he is a frequent performer at summer festivals including the Banff, Ontario Place, Stratford, Music Mountain, Guelph Spring and Algoma Fall festivals, and is heard in annual CBC broadcasts of concerts and recitals. As a founding member of Quartet Canada, Mr. Tsutsumi has toured North America and Japan with Canada’s best-known soloists.

His world premieres of Japanese and Canadian works include the Miyoshi Cello Concerto with the Tokyo Yomjuri Orchestra, and Takemitsu’s Orion and Pleiades with the Tokyo Philharmonic, which he also performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for the composer’s 60th birthday. Mr. Tsutsumi is a recipient of the prestigious Suntory Award for his contributions to music in Japan. He was also given the rare honor of performing for His Majesty, the late Emperor Hirohito, and in 1993 he was presented the National Academy of Arts Prize by the Emperor.”

- ICS biography

“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.”