Personalities | Mstislav Rostropovich | Contemporary | Classical
Rostropovich studied at the Moscow Conservatory, where he was appointed professor in 1956, the year of his London and New York debuts. Composers who wrote works for him include Shostakovich and Britten. He left the USSR in 1974. As well as accompanying his wife, the soprano Galina Vishnevskaya, on the piano, he frequently appeared as a conductor.
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