Mischa Maisky

  • Cello
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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 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 centers. 

Truly a world-class musician and a regular guest at most major International Festivals, he has collaborated with such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Carlo Maria Giulini, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, James Levine, Charles Dutoit, Yuri Temirkanov, Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev, Kirill Petrenko, Paavo Järvi and Gustavo Dudamel.  His musician partnerships have included artists such as Martha Argerich, Radu Lupu, Nelson Freire, Evgeny Kissin, Itzhak Perlman, Lang Lang, Peter Serkin, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov, Joshua Bell, Julian Rachlin, and Janine Jansen to name just a few.

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, L‘Orchestre de Paris, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and others.

Maisky’s recordings have enjoyed worldwide 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.  

His long and illustrious career has brought Maisky many honors and awards, just some of which include: The 46th Istanbul Music Festival Lifetime Achievement Award  Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music  Being appointed Honorary Academician of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia Receiving the Honorary Fellow Award of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance