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 Vengerov, Alexandre Da Costa , Alain Trudel, Andre Moisan, Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio, Les 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.
"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