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
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.