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The music of Russian-Canadian composer and conductor Airat Ichmouratov, named as Composer of Summer 2013 at Orford Arts Centre (Canada), has been performed by a wide range of ensembles and musicians in countries around the world, including Maxim Vengerov, Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Metropolitain, Les Violons du Roy, New Orford Quartet, Yuli Turovsky & I Musici de Montreal, 13 Strings (Ottawa), Tatarstan State Symphony Orchestra (Russia), Alcan Quartet, Orford Camerata Ensemble, Mark Simons, Andre Moisan, Jean Francois Rivest,Alain Trudel, Yegor Dyachkov, Stephane Tetreault just to name a few. Versatile in form and style Ichmouratov’s compositions have been influenced by Mahler, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff and Mussorgsky…
Some of his recent works such as Fantastic Dances and Second String Quartet were recorded by I Musici de Montréal for "Analekta", Alcan Quartet for "ATMA", and Cadenzas for Beethoven Violin Concerto Op.33 by Alexandre Da Costa with Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Johannes Wildner conductor, for "Warner Classics".His latest projects includes composition of klezmer influenced Quintet for Andre Moisan & Molinary Quartet and Symphony N1 for Longueuil Symphony Orchestra.
Holding a Ph.D in orchestra conducting from University of Montreal, Airat Ichmouratov has frequently been invited as the guest conductor of the Tatarstan’s State Symphony Orchestra, the Kazan Chamber Orchestra “La Primavera” (Russia), Orchestre Metropolitain , Laval Symphony Orchestra, New Brunswick Symphony Orchestra, and also I Musici of Montreal and 13 Strings (Ottawa). Mr. Ichmouratov served as Conductor in Residence of Les Violons du Roy in Quebec city from 2007 until 2009. The concert under Ichmouratov’s direction “Russian Impressions” also presented the world premiere of his Cello Concerto which won the Opus Prize in the category – Best concert of the year. Airat was appointed to the position of Assistant Resident Conductor of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra from 2009 until 2011. In August 2011, Mr Ichmouratov conducted I Music de Montreal on tour in Brazil and Peru. In October 2011 he made his debut with Tatarstan Academic State Opera and Ballet Theatre (Russia) and was immediately re invited to conduct Puccini’s Turandot during the 2012-13 season and on the following European Tour.
Born in Kazan, Russia, Airat Ichmouratov studied clarinet at the Kazan State Conservatory. In 1993, when he was appointed as Associate clarinetist of the Tatarstan’s Opera and Ballet Theatre, and of the Kazan State Symphony Orchestra, he began to extensively tour Europe. In 2000 he obtained a Master degree at the University of Montreal. He then founded the Muczynski Trio, which won 1st prize and the Grand Award at the National Music Festival (Canada, 2002) and 1st Prize at the 8th International Chamber Music Competition in Krakow (Poland, 2004). The Trio has also recorded for CBC and has given performances in Canada, China, Russia and Europe.
In 2000, Mr. Ichmouratov joined the klezmer group Kleztory, in which he plays the clarinet, composes and arranges. In 2004, Kleztory recorded a very unique CD; Klezmer Music with I Musici de Montreal and Yuli Turovsky, recorded on the “Chandos” label (Great Britain). In 2007 Kleztory’s album “Nomade” won the Opus Prize. Most recent (2014) Album "Arrival" was nominated as Best album of the year in Traditional music category by ADISQ. In 2012 Kleztory won Klezmer Furth Prize at International Klezmer festival and Competition in Amsterdam and as result appeared at Furth Klezmer Festival during the following spring .With Kleztory, Mr. Ichmouratov has appeared as soloist with several orchestras including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, I Musici de Montreal, Les Violons du Roy and Brussels Chamber Orchestra and toured intensively in Canada, USA, Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, Romany, Belgium , Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Netherlands, Germany and China.