A graduate of the Prague Music Academy, Turnovsky made his debut with the Prague Symphony Orchestra after graduating from the city's Academy.
He won the Besancon International Conducting Competition in 1958, which enabled him to become the permanent conductor of the Bruno National Philharmonic Orchestra.
After settling in Vienna, he continued to conduct various orchestras internationally. Following the democratization of the Czech Republic in 1989, he returned to his home country and was appointed as principal conductor of the Prague Symphony Orchestra.
He was named Music Director of the Norwegian National Opera and the Bonn Opera House in Germany — in addition to performances with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the City of Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.
Our condolences are with Mr. Turnovsky's family, friends, students, and colleagues.