The greatest academic musician of the last century, Mstislav Rostropovich, not only had a unique performing talent, but was also a very principled person. He was not afraid to oppose the totalitarian system of the Soviet Union, for this he was expelled from the country, and also deprived of citizenship. Abroad, Mstislav Leopoldovich became a global figure, taking one of the most significant places in the world of music.
Baku became the hometown of Mstislav Rostropovich, where he was born on March 27, 1927. His parents were musicians, they moved from Orenburg at the invitation of the founder of professional musical art of Azerbaijan, Uzeyir Hajibeyov. From the first days of his life, Mstislav was introduced to music. And from the age of five, he was a musician Mstislav Rostropovich already studied in Moscow at the music technical school. When the war began, Rostropovich again left for Orenburg. In 1942, Mstislav had to take responsibility for the family – his father died of a heart attack. The future prominent cellist and conductor at a young age became a teacher at a music school to feed his mother and sister. Continue reading