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MINT CONDITION

MSTISLAV ROSTROPOVICH CELLIST

Autographed 4.25” x 7.5” original photograph of Slava conducting singers from the piano.  A partitur score is opened and there is a vocal line.

Rostropovich (1927-2007) decided to enhance his career by studying with Leo Ginzburg privately.  Ginzburg was a conducting Professor at the Moscow Conservatory and from 1950-1954 was Chief Conductor of the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra.  He made his first appearance as a conductor in 1962 at a festival he organized conducting his wife Galina Vishnevskya in Mussorgsky’s “Songs and Dances of Death”.  He made his Bolshoi conducting debut in 1967 leading a performance of “Yevgeny Onegin”.  Rostropovich and his wife left the Soviet Union in 1974 as a dissident taking up residence in the United States and losing his citizenship in 1977.  From 1977 to 1994, Rostopovich was Musi Director of the National Smyphony Orchestra in Washington D.C. and also conducted regularly throughout the world as a guest in addition to performing as a cellist.

Rostropovich is rarely mentioned as a pianist, however, for many years he accompanied his wife as her pianist and recorded as her pianist as well.  The Russian Conservatory system was well known for insuring their string players were at least serviceable pianists.