Mischa Maisky

Debut at Luzerner Sinfonieorchester: JAN 9th 2008

Mischa Maisky has the distinction of being the only cellist in the world to have studied with both Mstislav Rostropovich and Gregor Piatigorsky. Rostropovich has lauded Mischa Maisky as: “… one of the most outstanding talents of the younger generation of cellists. His playing combines poetry and exquisite delicacy with great temperament and brilliant technique.” Born in Latvia, educated in Russia and later repatriated to Israel, Maisky has been enthusiastically received in London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, New York, Tokyo and many other major music centres.

As an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist for more than 30 years, he made over 35 recordings with such orchestras as the Vienna, Berlin and Israel Philharmonics, the London Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and others. Maisky’s recordings have enjoyed world-wide critical acclaim and have been awarded the prestigious Record Academy Prize in Tokyo five times and the Echo Deutscher Schallplattenpreis three times, as well as the Grand Prix du Disque in Paris and the Diapason d’Or of the Year, as well as receiving several coveted Grammy nominations. A particular career highlight was undoubtedly the year 2000, when Mischa Maisky honoured the 250th anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach’s death in a very special way. In a concert marathon of well over 100 appearances, he performed Bach’s Cello Suites all over the world.

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