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On This Day – January 10

This celebrated cellist won 6th prize at the 1966 Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition, studied with Mstislav Rostropovich and Gregor Piatigorsky, and has recorded with numerous artists from all over the world. Mischa Maisky, born on this day in 1948.

Born in Riga, Latvian SSR, he began studies with Rostropovich at the Moscow Conservatory while pursuing a concert career throughout the Soviet Union. He was imprisoned in a labor camp near Gorsky in 1970, being held there for 18 months. He emigrated to Israel after his released, and is currently living in Belgium.

He has developed long-standing partnerships with pianists Martha Argerich, Radu Lupu and Sergio Tiempo, violinists Gidon Kremer and Janine Jansen, and conductors Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Baremboim, and Giuseppe Sinopoli.

He has three children, Lily, who is embarking on a career as a concert pianist, Sascha, who is on the path of a concert violinist, and his youngest, Maxim.

Here we have Mischa playing the famous Prelude in C Major, by J.S. Bach.

And for something a bit different, Manuel de Falla’s “Fire Dance” performed at the Yellow Lounge in Berlin, 2004.

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