Greetings from Sergei Sobyanin

To the organisers, participants, and guests of the
IVth International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival

Dear Friends,

My heartfelt greetings to you all on the occasion of the IVth International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival.
For all those who recall Rostropovich’s unique performances, who were captivated by the incredible force of his personality, by his limitless talent and charm, the Festival is an event of enormous significance.
Mstislav Rostropovich was a true patriot, and throughout his life he did his utmost to promote Russian culture. That is why it is so important that the Festival, now for the fourth time, is centred in Moscow, the city where Maestro spent so many years of his life, where he studied — and then taught -at the celebrated Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, and where so many of his acclaimed performances as cellist, pianist and conductor took place.
The current Festival is dedicated to the legendary Russian singer, Galina Vishnevskaya. The names of Vishnevskaya and Rostropovich have always been indivisibly linked. Their professional careers were a token of their complete mastery and dedication to Art.
Today, when the lives of this great couple and musical Duo have passed into history, their presence will nevertheless be felt as always amongst us all during these wonderful days of musical celebration.
Dear friends, may the Festival provide you with scintillating impressions, creative inspiration, and an endless love towards Art.

Sergei Sobyanin
Mayor of Moscow

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