Greetings from Olga Rostropovich

Dear friends!

With a great joy I welcome you to the IX International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival. Every year we look forward to meet our guests with whom we share love for music and the memory of the great musician and citizen — Mstislav Rostropovich. Dad has always said that «music heals, it lights the torch of goodness and is able to reorganize, improve the world.» There were no boundaries for him, his art has equally inspired millions of people of different nationalities, faith and belief.

We do our best to follow this concept. Today, when conflicts do not cease, and the world is changing rapidly under the influence of digital technologies, the music of the great composers allows us to preserve ourselves, keep in mind all genuine, humane.

It has always been of a great importance to the Mstislav Rostropovich Festival, that classical music sounds in a flawless performance. Only the best of the best musicians from all around the world take part in the concerts. For the past eight years dozens of renowned orchestras and choirs, great pianists, violinists, cellists, singers have performed at the Festival. I'm happy that thanks to the support of the Moscow Department of Culture we have a chance to turn the Russian capital to the musical centre of the world for a week and bring together the musicians from different countries, united in respect and love for Mstislav Rostropovich. During this week it appears as if all geopolitical borders and the conflicts, both — local and international, have disappeared,  receded to the background. There is only splendid music; it sounds, continuing to unite the hearts and making the world a better and a happier place. Dad has always believed in it. So let us believe in it as well!

Artistic Director

Olga Rostropovich

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