Memorial Festival for Mstislav Rostropovich with Music by Giya Kancheli

A Rostropovich Memorial Festival commemorating the death of Mstislav Rostropovich in April of this year will take place in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku from 12 to 18 December 2007. Alongside numerous interpreter friends, Rostropovich’s daughter Yelena will also participate as cellist. During the course of this event, the work “Silent Prayer” by Giya Kancheli will be given its Azerbaijani premiere on 16 December 2007, performed by Andres Mustonen (violin), Natalia Gutman (violoncello) and Yuri Bashmet’s Moscow Soloists.

Numerous composers have delivered statements on Mstislav Rostropovich in the current quarterly Sikorski Magazine (Issue 4/2007). Many of them composed works for the cellist and conductor and recall personal encounters with this exceptional musician.