Russian Cellists: Alexander Ivashkin, Sergey Antonov, Leonid Gorokhov, Misha Quint, Victor Yoran
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 25. Chapters: Russian classical cellists, Mstislav Rostropovich, Alexander Ivashkin, Daniil Shafran, Anatoliy Brandukov, Gregor Piatigorsky, Igor Zubkovsky, Sviatoslav Knushevitsky, Aleksandr Verzhbilovich, Sergey Antonov, Tanya Anisimova, Nina Kotova, Misha Quint, Leonid Gorokhov, Karl Davydov, Valentin Berlinsky, Victor Yoran, Joseph Schuster, Raya Garbousova, Dimitry Markevitch, Boris Hambourg, Natalia Shakhovskaya, Natalia Gutman, Alexander Zhiroff, Alexandre Barjansky, Sergei Roldugin, Alexander Kniazev. Excerpt: Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich, KBE (Russian: , Mstislav Leopol'dovi Rostropovi, pronounced; March 27, 1927 - April 27, 2007), known to close friends as Slava, was a Soviet and Russian cellist and conductor. He was married to the soprano Galina Vishnevskaya. He is widely considered to have been the greatest cellist of the second half of the 20th century, and one of the greatest of all time. In addition to his outstanding interpretations and technique, he was well-known for his commissions of new works which enlarged the cello repertoire more than any cellist before or since. He gave the premieres of over 100 pieces. Rostropovich was internationally recognized as a staunch advocate of human rights, and was awarded the 1974 Award of the International League of Human Rights. Rostropovich was born in Baku, Azerbaijan SSR, USSR, to ethnic Russian parents who had moved from Orenburg. His father, Leopold Vitoldovich Rostropovich, was also partly of Belarusian-Polish noble descent. That part of his family bore the Bogorya coat of arms, which was located at the family palace in Skotniki, Masovian Voivodeship. He grew up in Baku and spent his youth there. During World War II his family moved back to Orenburg and then in 1943 to Moscow. At the age of four, Rostropovich learned the piano with his mother, Sofiya Nikolaevn...
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