We have pleasure in announcing the VI International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival which will open on March 27th 2015 at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and is held under the auspices of the Government of the City of Moscow and the Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation for Cultural and Humanitarian Programs, supported by The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. For the sixth year running, the Mstislav Rostropovich Festival presents a rich programme which reaffirms its crucial place in the musical life of the capital as an event of artistic excellence where the highest performance levels are maintained. This, as the Festival director Olga Rostorpovich points out, has become an essential tradition. Indeed in creating the programme and choosing the works and performers she has been guided by the strict artistic criteria which Mstislav Rostorpovich himself would have applied. To quote her words, «I am very happy that we can provide the opportunity of making Moscow a crossroads which sees the coming together of the greatest musicians from all over the world». Critics and journalists from the mass media have identified the Festival as the annual highlight of Moscow's concert life, «a parade of the very best musicians and conductors at the head of Europe's most renowned orchestras». The 2015 Festival continues this tradition with the participation of The St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonic orchestra under Yuri Temirkanov, the Maggio Muusicale Fiorentino Orchestra under Zubin Mehta, the Vienna Tonkunstler orchestra led by Rudolph Buchbinder, both as conductor and piano soloist, the Choir and Orchestra of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Antonio Pappano, the Svetlanov Russian State Academic Orchestra under Aleksandr Vedernikov, and the Orchestra of the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre under Andris Poga. Amongst the world-famous soloists gracing the Festival's programme are the pianist Boris Berezovsky, the cellist Truls Mork, the violinist Andrey Baranov, as well as young musical talents from the scholarship-holders of the Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation, the international competition winners Aleksandr Malofeyev (pianoforte) and Liza Ramishvili (cello). As always the Festival concerts will take place in the capital's most prestigious venues – the Grand Hall of the Conservatory and the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall.