ON THIS DAY | Russian Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich Died in 2007

A strong advocate of new music, he premiered over 100 new works including repertoire by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Lutoslawski, Schnittke, Britten, Khachaturian, and Piazzolla

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Mstislav Rostropovich

Legendary Russian cello virtuoso was 80 years old when he passed away.

Rostropovich was internationally recognized as a staunch advocate of human rights and was awarded the 1974 Award of the International League of Human Rights.

MSTISLAV ROSTROPOVICH & ELENA ROSTROPOVICH | POPPER | DANCE OF THE ELVES