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Yuli Turovsky stepped down from I Musici in May, but continues to teach and work with Next Generation. (analekta.com)

Montreal’s Yuli Turovsky stepped down from I Musici, the chamber orchestra he founded 27 years ago, in May.

The Moscow-born cellist is suffering from Parkinson’s and believed he could no longer conduct.

But the musician, who had the drive to found and maintain I Musici, has not retired. He continues to teach and has taken up the helm of New Generation, a youth chamber orchestra made up of students from the University of Montreal.

As CBC’s Lynne Robson reports, Turovsky feels compelled to continue making music.  

Turovsky was named an officer of the Order of Canada on Friday, for "his contributions to the promotion of Canada’s musical excellence as a teacher, and as an internationally renowned cellist and conductor."