Born in Kazan, Russia, Airat Ichmouratov studied clarinet at the Kazan State Conservatory. In 1993, he was appointed as Associate clarinetist of the Tatarstan’s Opera and Ballet Theatre, and of the Kazan State Symphony Orchestra, with which he toured Europe. In 2000 he obtained a Master degree at the University of Montreal.
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) also l’Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, Laval Symphony Orchestra, New Brunswick Symphony Orchestra, I Musici of Montreal and 13 Strings (Ottawa). During 2007-09 Mr. Ichmouratov served as Conductor in Residence of Les Violons du Roy in Quebec city. One of their recent concerts “Russian Impressions” under Ichmouratov’s direction which also presented world premiere of his Cello Concerto won Opus Prize in category – Best concert of the year. During 2009-11, Airat was appointed to the position of Assistant Resident Conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec. In August 2011, Mr Ichmouratov conducted I Music de Montreal during the tour in Brazil and Peru and in October 2011 he made his debut with Tatarstan State Opera and Ballet Theatre (Russia).
In 2000, Mr. Ichmouratov joined the klezmer group Kleztory, where he plays clarinet, composes and arranges.
Airat is also prolific composer; his compositions have been performed in Canada, USA, Russia, Israel and Europe. His recent works such as “Fantastic Dances” and Second String Quartet was recorded by I Musici de Montreal for “ANALEKTA” label and Alcan Quartet for “ATMA”.
Since September 2009, Airat Ichmouratov has been a guest professor at the Université Laval Music Faculty.
Alain Aubut received his degree in preformance from the Faculté de musique of the Université de Montréal where he studied under Maestro Yuli Turovsky. He performed all around the world and recorded more than 40 CDs I Musici de Montréal for Chandos Record and Analekta.
Alain Aubut made his conducting debut in May 2011 with the Nouvelle Génération Orchestra – a performance which garnered great critical acclaim from the Montreal press.
Stéphane Tétreault, 20 years old, is the First Prize winner in the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Standard Life-OSM 2007 Competition. He was also selected to participate in the prestigious 2008 Geneva International Cello Competition, the 2009 Rostropovich Cello Competition and the 2011 Tchaikovsky International Competition.
Along with having been named Révélation Radio-Canada 2011-2012 in classical music, Stéphane was also Personality of the week and amongst the Top 25 Artists of 2012 in La Presse. 2013 has seen continued recognition: he was recently nominated as Personality of the year in La Presse. 2013 has seen continued recognition: he was recently nominated as Personality of the year in La Presse and was awarded the Prix Opus for Découverte de l’année.
In 2010, he shared the stage with the violinist and conductor Maxim Vengerov and I Musici de Montréal. Earlier this year he performed Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with l’Orchestre Métropolitain at the Maison Symphonique and recently with world renowned conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, which garnered great critical acclaim.
In 2012, Stéphane released his first CD accompanied by the Québec Symphony Orchestra and maestro Fabien Gabel for the Analekta label and received rave reviews in both The Strad and Gramophone magazines as well as Gramophone Magazine Editor’s Choice in March 2013.
Stéphane began playing the cello at the age of 7 and is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Montreal, which until recently has been under the guidance of the late cellist and conductor Yuli Turovsky. He currently plays the 1707 “Countess of Stainlein, Ex-Paganini ” Stradivarius cello, on generous loan by Mme Jacqueline Desmarais.