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Moscow to host 4th International Rostropovich festival in spring

December 09, 2012, 7:30 UTC+3
Olga Rostropovich is currently staying in Baku in connection with the VI Rostropovich festival that got under way in the Azeri capital on December 3
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BAKU, December 9 (Itar-Tass) — The Fourth International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival will take place in Moscow on March 27- April 3, 2013, Olga Rostropovich, the maestro’s daughter and the president of the Rostropovich Fund, told a news conference in Baku on Saturday.

“The festival will bring together wonderful music collectives and performers from all over the globe,” Olga Rostropovich said.

She’s currently staying in Baku in connection with the VI Rostropovich festival that got under way in the Azeri capital on December 3. “This is a jubilee festival. We marked the 85th anniversary of Mstislav Rostropovich’s birth in 2012,” Olga Rostropovich went on to say.

Many outstanding performers and musicians from Russia, Britain, Italy and other countries are taking part in the Baku festival which will culminate with a concert by famous Italian Maggio Musicale Fiorentino symphony orchestra on December 8 and 9. The conductor is Zubin Meta.

He took part in the Rostropovich festival in Baku two years ago when he conducted the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra. Meta has been working with Maggio Musicale Fiorentino since 1985.

“The festival in Baku is interesting. We try to diversify our program each time and I hope that we’ve managed to do that. I am very pleased. The most important thing is that the audience enjoys classical music. It understands it better now and looks forward to meeting outstanding composers…This is a very strong incentive,” the president of the Rostropovich fund said.

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