Mentored by Rostropovich
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Maxim Vengerov at 40: Ten facts about the great violinist
3. Mentored by Rostropovich
The violinist enjoyed a unique friendship with the great cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. "He’s like a grandfather to me," Vengerov once said in an interview. "He has broadened my views of music and introduced me to composers like Shostakovich and Prokofiev as if they were still alive and I was actually meeting them."