Ronald Turini (born 30 September 1934) is a Canadian pianist, and the first Canadian artist to win a prize at the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition, the Queen Elisabeth Competition, and the Geneva International Music Competition.
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Turini made his debut as a soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra at the age of ten. At the Mannes School of Music, Turini studied with Isabelle Vengerova and Olga Stroumillo, who introduced him to Vladimir Horowitz. Horowitz, who accepted few pupils, was sufficiently impressed to take Turini on as a student. Horowitz became a major influence on Turini, who studied with Horowitz from 1957 through 1963.
In 1958, Turini was awarded second prize at the Ferrucio Busoni International Piano Competition, and along with Maurizio Pollini he was unanimously awarded a second prize at the Geneva International Music Competition. Turini also took second place at the 1960 edition of the Queen Elisabeth Competition. On January 23, 1961, Turini made his American debut at Carnegie Hall, playing sonatas by Schumann and Hindemith, études by Chopin and Scriabin, and pieces by Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Ravel and Scarlatti. The next day, New York Times music critic Harold C. Schonberg characterized Turini as "resplendent", adding that "in addition to technical expertness, there was a quality of aristocracy to the performance." That same year, Turini performed Schumann's Piano Concerto with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under Zubin Mehta, receiving praise for his "placid sensitivity" as well as his "passion and power".
Following his Carnegie Hall debut, Turini performed both in North America and abroad, returning to Carnegie Hall in 1964 and 1967. He made his Boston debut in 1969 for the Peabody Mason Concert series, returning in 1971. Turini has made three tours of Russia, three tours of South America, and two tours of Japan. He has been the soloist with orchestras in North America, including the Chicago, National, Toronto and Montreal symphony orchestras, and in Europe, including the Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and Leningrad Philharmonic orchestras.
Turini's 1961 Carnegie Hall recital makes up discs 10 and 11 of a 43-disc boxed set of "Great Moments at Carnegie Hall", released in 2016 by Sony Classical, the other solo piano recitals being those of Sviatoslav Richter (1960), Arthur Rubinstein (1961), Vladimir Horowitz (1965), Jorge Bolet (1974), Rudolf Serkin (1977), Lazar Berman (1979), Vladimir Feltsman (1987), Evgeny Kissin (1990), and more recently Yu Kosuge (2005), and Dennis Matsuev (2007). Gramophone, reviewing his 1965 RCA Red Seal recording "Piano Music Of Schumann, Liszt, Hindemith, Scriabin", lauded Turini as "a pianist of uncommon ability" with a "range of colour...which straightaway marks him out from so many pianists".
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- Montreal Gazette, November 15, 1961
- Christian Science Monitor, 28-Jan-1971, Louis Snyder, "Turini's emphatic piano evening", Boston
- Gramophone review