36 Important Dates in the Life of Milan Turkovic

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International Journal of Music. (September 1, 2021). 36 Important Dates in the Life of Milan Turkovic. International Journal of Music. Accessed July 13, 2024. https://ijm.education/winds/woodwinds/bassoon/milan-turkovic/

  • 1939: Born in Zagreb, Croatia, to a Croatian father and Austrian mother.
  • 1959: Joined the recently formed Philharmonia Hungarica.
  • 1962: Principal Bassoon of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra.
  • 1967: Principal Bassoon of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Also, he joined Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s Concentus Musicus Wien, with which he will perform on period instruments for 45 years and make more than 200 recordings.
  • 1970: Released the album Vanhal / Stamitz / Müthel: Bassoon Concertos (Deutsche Grammophon) with L’Ensemble d’Archets Eugène Ysaÿe / Bernhard Klee.
  • 1972: Released the album Mozart / Koželuh / Weber: Bassoon Concertos (Deutsche Grammophon) with Bamberg Symphony Orchestra / Hanns-Martin Schneidt.
  • 1977: Released the album Paul Hindemith: Sonatas (Telefunken) together with Ray Still (oboe), Atar Arad (viola), and John Perry (piano).
  • 1978: Released the album Schumann / Saint-Saëns / Poulenc / Tansman (Telefunken) together with Ray Still (oboe) and John Perry (piano).
  • 1979: Released Beethoven / Bozza / Prinz / Villa-Lobos (Telefunken) — first album with Wolfgang Schulz (flute) and Helmut Deutsch ‎(piano). Besides, he participated in the album Mozart: Concerto for Oboe & Concerto for Bassoon (Telefunken) with Mozarteum Salzburg Orchestra / Leopold Hager.
  • 1981: Released Curioso Virtuoso (Telefunken) — second album with Schulz and Deutsch.
  • 1983: Founding member of the Ensemble Wien-Berlin, together with other wind soloists of the Viennese and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras, with which he will perform for 26 years.
  • 1984: He retires from the Vienna Symphony, devoting his career entirely to solo activity, chamber music, conducting, and teaching at the Salzburg Mozarteum.
  • 1987: Released Carnival de Venise (Teldec) — third album with Schulz and Deutsch. In addition, he participated in two more albums: Vivaldi: Concerti “L’Amoroso” (Archiv Produktion), playing on a period bassoon from 1720 with The English Concert / Trevor Pinnock; and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / Leopold Mozart (Teldec), recording Mozart’s Concerto for Bassoon with Concentus Musicus Wien / Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
  • 1988: Released the album Art of Milan Turković (Camerata) with pianist Karl Engel, and also his first album as conductor: Mozart: Serenade No. 10 “Gran partita” (Camerata) with the Ensemble Octogon.
  • 1989: Participated in the album Bruch / Lutoslawski / Strauss (Koch), recording Strauss’ Duet-Concertino with Bamberg Symphony Orchestra / Lothar Zagrosek.
  • 1990: Released the album Fagotto Concertante (Orfeo) with Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra / Martin Sieghart.
  • 1991: Released the live album Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Divertimenti for Strings and Winds (Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg), as bassoonist and leader of the Wind Ensemble of the Salzburg Mozart Week.
  • 1992: Joined the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with which he will perform for 19 years. As for teaching, he left the Salzburg Mozarteum and became a faculty member of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (until 2003). In addition to the above, he participated in the album Mozart: Kegelstatt-Trio / Nannerl-Septett / Adagio & Rondo (Deutsche Grammophon), recording Mozart’s Sonata for Bassoon and Cello in B-flat major, K.292 with Georg Faust (cello) and Ensemble Wien-Berlin / James Levine.
  • 1993: Participated in the album Brahms / Weber (Capriccio), recording Weber’s Concerto for Bassoon & Andante e Rondo Ungarese with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra / Sir Neville Marriner. Also, he released a second live CD as bassoonist and leader of the Wind Ensemble of the Salzburg Mozart Week: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Serenade “Gran partita” (Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg). The album Haydn: The Seven Last Words of Christ (Teldec) that he recorded with the Concentus Musicus Wien / Nikolaus Harnoncourt wins an Edison Award.
  • 1994: Released the album Antonio Vivaldi: 5 Concerti for Bassoon, Strings & Continuo (Denon) with I Solisti Italiani. Additionally, he participated in the album United Sounds of Bassoon (Koch), together with bassoonists Daniele Damiano, Clelia Goldings, and Richard Galler, pianist Philip Moll, and percussionist Peter Sadlo.
  • 1995: Released the album Glinka: Trio Pathétique (Camerata) together with Karl Leister (clarinet), and Ferenc Bognár (piano).
  • 1996: Released the album Milan Turković Conducts Vienna Radio Winds (Camerata), including music for winds by Strauss, Dvořák, and Eder; and participated in the album Hindemith (Sony), recording Hindemith’s Kleine Kammermusik and Sonata for Bassoon with Ensemble Wien-Berlin and Ferenc Bognár (piano).
  • 1997: Conducted The Juilliard Winds at Alice Tully Hall in New York’s Lincoln Center. Released the album Johann Christian Bach / Johann Antonin Kozeluch: Bassoon Concertos (Capriccio), as bassoonist and conductor of the Budapest String soloists, and participated in the album Joseph Haydn (Teldec), recording Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante with Concentus Musicus Wien / Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
  • 1998: Presented his first book, What Musicians Do During the Day. Senza sordino (K&S), in German. After a CMS tour throughout the United States with acclaimed trumpet player Wynton Marsalis, Mr. Marsalis dedicated the quintet Meeelaan for bassoon and string quartet to him, which was subsequently performed by him all over the world.
  • 2001: Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art 1st Class.
  • 2003: Along with co-author Monika Mertl, presented his book The Strangest Viennese in the World: Nikolaus Harnoncourt and his Concentus Musicus (Residenz), in German, on the Concentus Musicus Wien’s 50 anniversary. This book was also published in Japanese (Alpha Beta).
  • 2004: Released the album Bassoon Extravaganza (Camerata) with Das Wiener Philharmonia Quartett, Naoko Yoshino (harp), Wolfgang Schulz (flute), Roland Batik (piano), Ildikó Raimondi (soprano), and Robert Holl (baritone); and participated in the album Vivaldi: Chamber Music (Camerata) with I Solisti di Perugia.
  • 2005: Presented his book Hast du Töne! (A Musical Diary) (Residenz), in German.
  • 2007: Presented his book What Musicians Do During the Day. Interesting and Amusing Facts From the World of Music (K&S), in German.
  • 2008: Released three new albums: Romantic Oboe Concertos (Camerata) as conductor of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and oboist Thomas Indermühle; Flute Concertos by the Family of Bach (Camerata) as conductor of I Solisti di Perugia and flutist Wolfgang Schulz; and Stravinsky: The Soldier’s Tale / Marsalis: Meeelaan (Camerata) with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Orion String Quartet.
  • 2009: Released the album Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 6, 85 & 97 (Camerata) as conductor of the Wiener Concert-Verein; and appears in the album Summer Classics (Sony), with a 1993 recording of Gershwin’s Songs from Porgy and Bess for Bassoon and Piano along with pianist Stefan Vladar. (The sheet music of this arrangement is not available for sale or rental.)
  • 2010: Released the album Flying Saxophone Circus (MDG) as conductor of the Selmer Saxharmonic, winning an Echo Klassik award in the Classics Without Limits category.
  • 2012: Presented his book Viennese Life, Viennese Experience (K&S), in German; and participated in the live album Mozart: The Magic Flute / Divertimento K439 / The Marriage of Figaro / Adagio in F (Gramola) together with basset horn players Heinz-Peter Linshalm, Petra Stump, and Reinhold Brunner.
  • 2014: Released the album Saxophone Cinema (MDG) as conductor of the Selmer Saxharmonic.
  • 2016: Gold Medal for Services to the State of Vienna.
  • 2019: Presented his last book, Lebensklänge (Sounds of Life: A Memory) (Ibera), in German.


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