"Airat Ichmouratov is a bright representative and follower of the Russian Traditional Composer School. There are not many composers who are able reintegrate in themselves professionalism, fantasy, and creative thinking. These are exactly those qualities that Airat Ichmouratov possesses.’’        Maxim Vengerov

"Airat is a communicator in the best sense of the word. His music immediately grabs the listener, and a journey starts: storytelling, landscapes, emotions... It is precious to have such music in our world today."                                           Yannick Nézet-Séguin 

Airat Rafailovich Ichmouratov ( Russian: Айрат Рафаилович Ишмуратов ) is a Volga Tatar born Russian / Canadian composer, conductor and klezmer clarinetist. He is conductor and composer in residence of  Montreal-based "Nouvelle Génération" Chamber Orchestra, clarinetist of internationally acclaimed, award-winning Klezmer group Kleztory and invited professor at Laval University in Quebec, Canada. The music of Airat Ichmouratov has been performed by a wide range of ensembles and musicians in countries around the world, including Maxim VengerovAlexandre Da Costa , Alain Trudel,  Andre Moisan, Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre MétropolitainTaipei Symphony Orchestra, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish RadioLes Violons du Roy,  Longueuil Symphony Orchestra,  New Orford String Quartet, Yuli Turovsky & I Musici de Montreal,  Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra  just to name a few.

The fragments from world premiere of A.Ichmouratov Symphony N1 Op.55

Longueuil Symphony Orchestra, conductor Marc David.

28 September 2017




Airat Ichmouratov on the cover page of  La Scena Musicale, September 2017





Airat Ichmouratov on the cover page of  Ostrov Montreal. Russian Canadian magazine, February 1917



Airat Ichmouratov on Global News Morning  MontrealAugust 31, 2017 

Street busker to orchestra conductor:  Music composer and conductor Airat Ichmouratov sits down with Global’s Laura Casella to talk about his humble beginnings living in Russia to becoming a world renowned musician.

Airat Ichmouratov's new European release! "Largo for Sanja" for Oboe and Piano was recorded by  Duo Romic-Moynihan for Hedone Records (UK).

Duo Romic-Moynihan was founded in 2012 by the Serbian oboist SanjaRomic and the Irish pianist Dr. Fionnuala Moynihan. They studied together at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest and it was here that their friendship began. Moved by the tradition of their own countries, full of traditional and classical music, Fionnuala and Sanja initiated their first project ”Musical Postcard” in 2012. Their aim was to promote the Irish-Slovenian-Serbian cultural relation. Their project was widely supported by governments and cultural institutions of all three countries. Not only were the series of performances that they had in all three countries highly successful, but they also served to establish their musical and performing styles and character on the international stage. Both Fionnuala and Sanja’s innovative and energetic interpretations combine to create a wonderfully appealing performance to music lovers. Recognizing common musical sensibilities, the artists are creating projects that reflect their recognizable musical styles by commissioning new pieces for oboe and piano. They have given several debut performances of pieces specially commissioned for this CD album.

What's new?

In January-March 2018  Saguenay String Quartet (former Alcan) and Lafayette String Quartet will give  10 performances in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ontario of Ichmouratov's new String Octet "The Letter" Op.56, based on Stefan Sweig's novella "Letter from an Unkown Woman"  read more...

Airat Ichmouratov's Symphony N1 was premiered on September 28  2017 by Longueuil Symphony Orchestra with the generous support of Conseil des Arts de Longueuil.

A.Ichmouratov's  4th String Quartet was recorded by New Orford String Quartet  for ATMA Classique Label (Canada).
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A.Ichmouratov's quintet "One day of an almost ordinary life" recorded by Molinari Quartet and Andre Moisan for ATMA Classique Label (Canada).
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On 12 April 2917 Kleztory launched its new CD named "Nigun" at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier,  Place des Arts,  Montreal.

Airat Ichmouratov  appeared as guest conductor with  Tatarstan State Symphony Orchestra (Russia) in February 2017


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