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234th Season

Maestro Mischa Maisky


Misha Maisky was born in Riga in 1948. In 1966 he won a prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition and commenced studies with Rostropovich at the Moscow Conservatory; at the same time, he began pursuing an active concert career throughout the Soviet Union.

Following a period of harassment by Soviet authorities, Maisky emigrated in 1972 to Israel, where his sister had settled several years before, and now lives in Belgium. In 1973, he won the Gaspar Cassado International Cello Competition in Florence, and later that year made his debut at New York's Carnegie Hall with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under William Steinberg. After this concert, an anonymous admirer gave Maisky a Montagnana cello from the 18th century - the instrument he still uses today. In 1974, Mischa Maisky studied for several months with Gregor Piatigorsky, thus becoming the great master's last student and the only other person ever to have studied with both Piatigorsky and Rostropovich.

Since then Mischa Maisky has been enthusiastically received in London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, New York, Tokyo along with the rest of the major musical centres of the world. In 1995 he returned to Moscow after a 23 year absence to give a concert and to record with the Russian National Orchestra and Mikhail Pletnev. In 2000 he celebrated the Bach aniversary year with a marathon tour covering several continents, including special events in major centres (including London’s South Bank Centre) playing all 6 solo suites and the 3 piano and cello sonatas in one day. DG also released a re-interpretation of the solo suites, following the huge success of his original recording. Truly a world class musician, he has had partnerships with artists such as Martha Argerich, Radu Lupu, Gidon Kremer, Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim and Giuseppe Sinopoli, to name just a few.

Following his recording of the Brahms Double Concerto with Gidon Kremer and the Vienna Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein, in 1985 Mischa Maisky became exclusive to Deutsche Grammophon, winning much acclaim and three Tokyo Academy Awards for his many recordings which include: two recordings of the Bach solo cello suites (Grand Prix du Disque), sonatas by Bach and Beethoven with Martha Argerich, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky Trios with Gidon Kremer and Martha Argerich, and four discs of encore favourites, featuring Maisky_s own transcriptions of songs by Brahms, Schubert and French composers. His concerto recordings have included the Schumann Concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic under Bernstein, the Dvorak Concerto and Bloch's Schelemo with the Israel Philharmonic, also with Bernstein, Haydn with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Elgar and Tchaikovsky with the Philharmonia and Sinopoli, Shostakovich with the London Symphony Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas, Vivaldi, Boccherini,Tchaikovsky, Schumann and Saint-Saens with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Prokofiev and Miaskovsky with Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra. In the past year DG have released his recording of the Mendelssohn sonatas with Sergio Tiempo and a live recital disc with Martha Argerich (Chopin, Debussy, Franck).

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