Mischa Maisky, 70main
Hard to believe but the long-haired cellist from Latvia is 70 today… and still playing strong.
He is the only cellist ever to have studied with both Piatogorsky and Rostropovich and probably the only concert artist to serve time in both a Soviet jail and a mental institution.
He emigrated to Israel in 1972 and has since made his peace with Moscow.
Happy birthday, Mischa!