Mischa Maisky, Cello


Mischa Maisky has the distinction of being the only cellist in the world to have studied with both Mstislav Rostropovich and Gregor Piatigorsky. Rostropovich has lauded Mischa Maisky as "... one of the most outstanding talents of the younger generation of cellists. His playing combines poetry and exquisite delicacy with great temperament and brilliant technique."

Born in Latvia, educated in Russia, after his repatriation to Israel, Mischa Maisky has been enthusiastically received in London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, New York and Tokyo, along with the rest of the major music centers.

He considers himself as a citizen of the world: „I’m playing an Italian cello, with French and German bows, Austrian and German strings, my 6 children were born in 4 different countries, my second wife is half Sri Lankan – half Italian, I’m driving a Japanese car, wear a Swiss watch, an Indian necklace and I feel at home everywhere where people appreciate and enjoy classical music.“

As an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist during the last 30 years he made well over 35 recordings with such orchestras as Vienna, Israel and Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Orpheus und Chamber Orchestra of Europe and others.

His recordings have enjoyed world-wide critical acclaim and have been awarded five times the prestigious Record Academy Prize in Tokyo, three times Echo Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, Grand Prix du Disque in Paris and Diapason d’Or of the Year as well as the coveted Grammy nominations.

One of the highlights in his career was the year 2000 - it was mainly devoted to a world-wide Bach tour which included over 100 concerts! In order to express his deep admiration for this great composer, Mischa Maisky has recorded Bach's Solo Suites three times.
His recent highlight was certainly his trio performance in Carnegie Hall with Itzhak Perlman and Evgeny Kissin in December 2015.

2016 will mark again his longstanding friendship with Martha Argerich. To honour their 40th anniversary they will be together on a European tour.

Truly a world-class musician and regular guest in most major International Festivals he collaborated with such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Carlo Maria Giulini, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, James Levine, Charles Dutoit, Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev and Gustavo Dudamel and his partnerships have included artists as Martha Argerich, Radu Lupu, Nelson Freire, Evgeny Kissin, Itzhak Perlman, Lang Lang, Peter Serkin, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov, Joshua Bell, Julian Rachlin and Janine Jansen to name just a few.


Mischa Maisky's appearance in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland.

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This is only a small selection of Mischa Maisky's recordings.

Robert Schumann
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in A minor Adagio and Allegro in A flat Fantasiestücke Romanzen Stücke im Volkston Märchenbilder With Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Martha Argerich, Piano
Dmitry Shostakovich
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 1 in E flat Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 2 in G
Après un rêve
23 French chansons and mélodies composed by: Fauré, Bizet, Ravel, Massenet, Debussy, Chausson, Hahn, Duparc & Poulenc
Johann Sebastian Bach: 6 Cello-Suiten
Suite for Cello solo Nos. 1 -6
Johannes Brahms & Robert Schumann
Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25. in G minor Robert Schumann: Fantasiestücke
Antonín Dvorák & Richard Strauss
Antonín Dvorák: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B minor Richard Strauss: Don Quixote With Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta
Mischa Maisky & Martha Argerich in Concert
Igor Stravinsky: Suite italienne for Cello and Piano Dmitri Shostakovich: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40 Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 119 Sergei Prokofiev: Tale of the Stone Flower, Op. 118: Act 2 - Waltz
Antonín Dvorák & Robert Schumann
Antonín Dvorák: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B minor Robert Schumann: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in A minor Conducted by Leonard Bernstein
Johannes Brahms: Songs Without Words
Lerchengesang Op. 70, No. 2 Sapphische Ode Op. 94, No. 4 Wie Melodien Zieht Es Op. 105, No. 1 Nicht Mehr Zu Dir Zu Gehen Op. 32, No. 2 Denn Es Gehet Dem Menschen Wie Dem Vieh Op. 121, No. 1 Ich Wandte Mich Und Sahe An Op. 121, No. 2 O Tod, Wie Bitter Bist Du Op. 121, No. 2 Uber Die Heide Op. 86, No. 4 Liebestreu Op. 3, No. 1 Immer Leiser Wird Mein Schlummer Op. 105, No. 2 Sonate in D Nachklang Op.59, No.4 With Pavel Gililov, Piano
Mendelssohn: Cello Sonatas
Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1 in B flat Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 in D Variations concertantes Song without words Songs without Words Lieder With Sergio Tiempo
Chopin, Debussy & Franck - Works for Cello and Piano
Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor Introduction and Polonaise brillant in C With Martha Argerich, Piano
Glinka, Tchaikovsky, Dargomïzhsky, Mussorgsky et al.
Mikhail Glinka: A farewell to St Petersburg: No. 10 Mikhail Glinka: How sweet it is to be with you Mikhail Glinka: Do not tempt me needlessly Mikhail Glinka: I Recall a Wonderful Moment Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Songs (6), Op. 16: Nos 1 & 6 Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Songs (12), Op. 60: Nos. 6 & 9 Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Songs (6), Op. 38: No. 2 Alexander Dargomïzhsky: I am sad Modest Mussorgsky: Une larme Anton Rubinstein: Night, Op. 44, No. 1 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Songs (4), Op. 42: No. 3 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Songs (2), Op. 56: No. 1 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Songs (4), Op. 2: No. 2 Anton Arensky: Romances (6), Op. 38: No. 3 César Cui: Poems (7) by Pushkin and Lermontov, Op. 33: No. 4 Alexander Glazunov: Songs (6), Op. 60: No. 2 Sergei Rachmaninov: Songs (6), Op. 4: No. 4 Sergei Rachmaninov: Songs (12), Op. 21: No. 7 Sergei Rachmaninov: Songs (14), Op. 34: No. 14 Alexander Gurilyov: Girl's melancholy Anonymous: I met you
Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky & Kiesewetter
Dmitry Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor Peter Kiesewetter: Tango pathétique With Gidon Kremer, Violin & Martha Argerich, Piano
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