Greetings from Sergei Sobyanin
A heartfelt welcome to the VIII Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival!
In these last years this musical forum has grown into a large-scale cultural event of international repute. The most distinguished performers and brilliant young talents take pleasure in bringing their mastery and skills to this great festival of the Arts, which over these eight years has come to be seen as the personification of the great cellist and conductor. With his immense talent, personal charisma, and unique qualities as a human being, Mstislav Rostropovich won the hearts of millions of people throughout the world. This present Festival is dedicated to the anniversary of the Maestro’s 90th birthday.
Following established tradition, the city’s leading concert venues will host the concerts, where great masterpieces of classical music will be performed by artists of renown. Audiences will have pleasure in experiencing the highest levels of performance, as well as the uniquely friendly atmosphere of the Festival. For all of this, the credit belongs to its Artistic Director, Olga Rostropovich.
May the Festival continue to flourish, and bring to you, dear friends, dazzling impressions and the greatest enjoyment, as well as every artistic success.
Mayor of Moscow