Elvira Misbakhova

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Elvira Misbakhova
Эльвира Мисбахова
Elvira Misbakhova , Violist . 24 May 2015 , Montreal.JPG
Born Elvira Rafailovna Misbakhova
(1975-07-20)20 July 1975
 Soviet Union
Citizenship  Canada ,  Russia
Alma mater Kazan State Conservatory
Occupation Violist, violinist,
Years active 1994–present

Elvira Rafailovna Misbakhova (Russian: Эльвира Рафаиловна Мисбахова, Tatar Cyrillic: Эльвира Рафаил кызы Мисбахова, born July 20, 1975) is a Volga Tatar born Russian / Canadian violist and violinist. Misbakhova is presently Associate Principal Viola at the Orchestre Métropolitain[1] of Montreal, Trois-Rivières Symphony Orchestra and the Longueuil Symphony Orchestra.

Early life[edit]

Misbakhova was born and raised in Nizhnekamsk, in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. She is second child of Rafail Misbakhov and Nurlybika Misbakhova (Saitova) . Misbakhova studied violin at the Nizhnekamsk Music School N1, Nizhnekamsk Music College and Kazan Conservatory, graduating in 1999. In 1996, when she was appointed Associate Viola at Kazan Chamber Orchestra La Primavera she began to extensively tour in Europe. In 1999, Misbakhova following her husband Airat Ichmouratov permanently moves to Montreal, Quebec, Canada and participates as student at Orford Art's Centre Festival, where she met Yuli Turovsky, Soviet-born Canadian cellist and conductor and his wife violinist Eleonora Turovsky, who later became Misbakhova's teacher.


Kleztory at Rideau Showcase,18 February 2015, Quebec city, Canada

In 2000, Misbakhova joined the klezmer group Kleztory, in which she presently plays violin. In 2004, Kleztory recorded for the Chandos Records (Great Britain)[2] CD with I Musici de Montréal Chamber Orchestra and Yuli Turovsky.[3] In 2007 Kleztory’s album "Nomade" won the Opus Prize.[4] Most recent (2014) Album "Arrival" was nominated as Best album of the year in Traditional music category by ADISQ.[5] In 2012 Kleztory won klezmer Furth Prize at International Klezmer festival and Competition in Amsterdam and as result appeared at Furth Klezmer Festival during the following spring[6] .[7] With Kleztory, Evira Misbakhova has appeared as soloist with several orchestras including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra,[8] the Quebec Symphony Orchestra,[9] I Musici de Montréal Chamber Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy[10] and Brussels Chamber Orchestra and toured intensively in Canada, USA, Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Romania and China.

As viola soloist, she has performed with I Musici de Montreal,[11] the University of Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the New Generation Chamber Orchestra, the Multicultural orchestra of Montreal, where she performed the Canadian premiere of Requiem "Holocaust" for viola and orchestra by Boris Pigovat. She has performed with the Orford Camerata and McGill Chamber Orchestras, the Bachacademie Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart, Germany(2002), and in the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Sapporo, Japan (2002).

In 2013 Misbakhova founded the Turovsky String Quartet[12] to honour the passionate and inspiring Yuli and Eleonora Turovsky. Together with violinists Anastasia Virlan, Robert Margaryan, and cellist Katherina Bragina, they continue to play at chamber music series and festivals in Montreal and throughout Quebec.


Elvira Misbakhova obtained her Master degree (2001) and Doctorat degree (2006) in Interpretation (Viola) at University of Montreal, where she studied with Eleonora Turovsky.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Misbakhova is married to composer and conductor Airat Ichmouratov and they have two daughters.


  1. ^ "La vie dans l'Orchestre Métropolitain: Elvira Misbakhova (In French)". Montreal: La Presse. 5 January 2014. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  2. ^ "Chandos Kleztory". Colchester, United Kingdom: chandos.net. Retrieved 2015-08-07. 
  3. ^ Bruno Deschênes (1 July 2008). "Kleztory: the soul of klezmer music in Quebec (in French)". Montreal: La Scena Musicale - Vol. 13. Retrieved 2015-08-07. 
  4. ^ Lise Raymond Communications (27 January 2008). "Opus Award Gala 2006-2007 (in French)" (PDF). Montreal: Press release / cqm.qc.ca. Retrieved 2015-08-07. 
  5. ^ "ADOSQ / Album of the Year 2014 - Traditional". Montreal: adisq.com. Archived from the original on 2015-10-19. Retrieved 2015-08-07. 
  6. ^ "Erstklassig besetztes Intermezzo (in German)". Fürth, Germany: Stadt Fürth. 10 March 2013. Retrieved 2015-08-07. 
  7. ^ "Intermezzo Klezmer Festival in Fürth (in German)". Hannover, Germany: Israel Magazin. 7 February 2013. Retrieved 2015-08-07. 
  8. ^ Jocelyne Tourangeau Sons (18 March 2005). "The Kids Games / Borscht and other gastronomic delights (In French)". Montreal: Planete Quebec. Archived from the original on 2015-10-06. Retrieved 2015-08-07. 
  9. ^ Richard Boisvert (7 February 2012). "Quebec Symphony orchestra breaks the silence (In French)". Quebec: Le Soleil. Retrieved 2015-08-07. 
  10. ^ "LES VIOLONS SUR LE TOIT (In French)". Quebec: violonsduroy.com. 4 April 2009. Retrieved 2015-08-07. 
  11. ^ "FROM QUARTET TO ORCHESTRA". Montreal: imusici.com. 16 May 2012. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  12. ^ Julie Fortier (8 March 2015). "Turovsky Quartet – March 12, Salle Claude-Léveillée". Montreal: themontrealeronline.com. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  13. ^ Julie Fortier (28 March 2005). "When Folklore meets Classic (in French)". Montreal: Forum (University of Montreal). Retrieved 2015-11-25. 

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