Mischa Maisky

Mischa Maisky

Verbier Festival 2012

Latvian Mischa Maisky is one of the world's leading cellists and most in-demand soloists.

  • Born in 1948 in Latvia, Maisky received his first music lessons at the Riga Children’s Music School and Conservatory.
  • Maisky continued his studies at the Leningrad Conservatory and later with the legendary cellist Mstislav Rostropovich at the Moscow Conservatory.
  • Maisky's debut at 17 with the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra earned him the nickname "Rostropovich of the future".
  • Rostropovich 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."
  • After being imprisoned in a labour camp near Gorky for 18 months in 1970, Maisky emigrated to Israel where he holds citizenship. He currently lives in Belgium.
  • After a 1973 Carnegie Hall concert, an anonymous admirer gave him an 18th-century Montagnana cello on which he still performs today.
  • In his performing and recording career, Maisky has worked in long-standing partnerships with great artists such as the pianist Martha Argerich, the violinists Gidon Kremer and Janine Jansen, and the conductors Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta, Vladimir Ashkenaz and Daniel Barenboim.
  • In 1995, Maisky returned to Moscow for the first time in 23 years to give a concert and to record works by Prokofiev with Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra.
  • In 2000, Maisky performed a “Bach Marathon” in Zurich playing all of Bach’s works for cello in three concerts on one day.

Did you know?

Maisky's daughter Lily is embarking on a career as a concert pianist. His son Sascha is a concert violinist. They have performed piano trios in public with their father.

Mischa Maisky plays Bach