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Mstislav Rostropovich Died on 27 April 2007

The Russian conductor and cellist Mstislav Rostropovich died on 27 April 2007 in Moscow at the age of 80. Rostropovich was a personal friend of such classical composers of Russian modernism as Sergei Prokofiev, Dmitri Shostakovich and Alfred Schnittke, as well as of great composers from all over the world.

Mstislav Rostropovich was not only one of the most important cellists of the 20th century, but his artistic spectrum also expanded during the course of his life to include conducting, composition and arrangement.

Especially exciting events were, for example, the operatic premieres of Alfred Schnittkes Life with an Idiot and Gesualdo under his direction. Rostropovichs incomparable cello playing inspired many contemporary composers to dedicate compositions to him. Numerous works by composer friends from his Russian homeland became known and popular in the West through him. He was especially committed to the Russian avant-garde as instrumentalist and conductor.