Mischa Maisky

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Mischa Maisky
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Background information
Native name
Miša Maiskis
Born (1948-01-10) January 10, 1948 (age 70)
Riga, Latvian SSR, USSR
Genres Classical
Instruments Cello
Labels Deutsche Grammophon

Mischa Maisky (Latvian : Miša Maiskis, Hebrew : מישה מייסקי; born January 10, 1948) is a Soviet-born Israeli cellist.

Latvian language Baltic language, official in Latvia and the European Union

Latvian is a Baltic language spoken in the Baltic region. It is the language of Latvians and the official language of Latvia as well as one of the official languages of the European Union. It is sometimes known in English as Lettish, and cognates of the word remain the most commonly used name for the Latvian language in Germanic languages other than English and Norwegian. There are about 1.3 million native Latvian speakers in Latvia and 100,000 abroad. Altogether, 2 million, or 80% of the population of Latvia, speak Latvian. Of those, 1.16 million or 56% use it as their primary language at home. The use of the Latvian language in various areas of social life in Latvia is increasing.

Hebrew language Semitic language native to Israel

Hebrew is a Northwest Semitic language native to Israel; the modern version of which is spoken by over 9 million people worldwide. Historically, it is regarded as the language of the Israelites and their ancestors, although the language was not referred to by the name Hebrew in the Tanakh. The earliest examples of written Paleo-Hebrew date from the 10th century BCE. Hebrew belongs to the West Semitic branch of the Afroasiatic language family. Hebrew is the only living Canaanite language left, and the only truly successful example of a revived dead language.

Israel country in the Middle East

Israel, officially the State of Israel, is a country in Western Asia, located on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea. It has land borders with Lebanon to the north, Syria to the northeast, Jordan on the east, the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip to the east and west, respectively, and Egypt to the southwest. The country contains geographically diverse features within its relatively small area. Israel's economic and technological center is Tel Aviv, while its seat of government and proclaimed capital is Jerusalem, although the state's sovereignty over Jerusalem has only partial recognition.



Mischa Maisky was born in 1948 in Riga [1] and is the younger brother of organist, harpsichordist and musicologist Valery Maisky (1942–1981).

Riga City in Latvia

Riga is the capital and largest city of Latvia. With 637,827 inhabitants (2018), it is also the largest city in the three Baltic states, home to one third of Latvia's population and one tenth of the three Baltic states' combined population. The city lies on the Gulf of Riga, at the mouth of the Daugava river. Riga's territory covers 307.17 km2 (118.60 sq mi) and lies 1–10 m above sea level, on a flat and sandy plain.

He was taught by Mstislav Rostropovich at the Moscow Conservatory from 1966 to 1970. In 1966 he won sixth prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. [1] [2] In 1970, he was arrested and spent 18 months in a work camp. He repatriated to Israel in 1972, [3] where he holds citizenship.[ citation needed ] He studied with Gregor Piatigorsky in Los Angeles. [3] Maisky currently lives in Belgium.

Mstislav Rostropovich Russian cellist and conductor

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International Tchaikovsky Competition classical music competition

The International Tchaikovsky Competition is a classical-music competition held every four years in Moscow, Russia, for pianists, violinists, and cellists between 16 and 32 years of age, and singers between 19 and 32 years of age. The competition is named after Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and is an active member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions.

Maisky has worked with artists including the pianists Martha Argerich, Khatia Buniatishvili, Radu Lupu, Nelson Freire, Peter Serkin, Evgeny Kissin, Lang Lang and Sergio Tiempo, the violinists Gidon Kremer, Itzhak Perlman, Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov, Joshua Bell, Julian Rachlin and Janine Jansen, and the conductors Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta, Carlo Maria Giulini, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Yuri Temirkanov, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, James Levine, Charles Dutoit, Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev and Gustavo Dudamel.

Piano musical instrument

The piano is an acoustic, stringed musical instrument invented in Italy by Bartolomeo Cristofori around the year 1700, in which the strings are struck by hammers. It is played using a keyboard, which is a row of keys that the performer presses down or strikes with the fingers and thumbs of both hands to cause the hammers to strike the strings.

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Maisky first performed in the United States at Carnegie Hall in 1973. [3] In 1976, he made his first performance in London and performed a recital with Radu Lupu the following year. [4] He returned to Russia in 1995 to perform and record with Russian National Orchestra and Mikhail Pletnev. [3] [5]

Carnegie Hall concert hall in New York City

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Personal life

Maisky has performed with his children Sascha, a violinist, and Lily Maisky, a classical pianist. [6]

Lily Maisky is a classical pianist. She is the daughter of cellist Mischa Maisky.


Maisky's recordings include: [7]

Critical reception

There has been much controversy over Maisky's playing. Part of the public criticizes his extensive and often extreme use of vibrato and his generally loud playing. [8] Another part feels that Maisky thus maintains a romantic quality – even when interpreting baroque music – that cannot be found in many other players.[ citation needed ] A review by BBC Magazine writer Jan Smaczny stated "Maisky's performance of these works could hardly be bettered. Strauss's Sonata has enormous youthful élan, and the arrangements of the Romance for cello and orchestra and "Morgen" are exquisite" (Morgen! Opus 27, Number 4. 1894, Richard Strauss). [9]

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  2. "Interview: Mischa Maisky". The Jewish Chronicle . January 14, 2011. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
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  5. "Medici" . Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  6. Maxim Reider (November 11, 2015). "A tribute to a sister". The Jerusalem Post . Retrieved October 30, 2018.
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