Mischa Maisky: Slava said, you are like a son to me

Mischa Maisky: Slava said, you are like a son to me


norman lebrecht

December 18, 2022

In the latest episode of Zsolt Bognar’s Living the Classical Life, Mischa Maisky talks movingly about studying in Moscow with the great cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich.

Maisky says: ‘He was an even greater teacher than  cellist…  he never touched cello during the lessons, he always sat at the piano.’

‘He even told  me:  you are like a son to  me.’

Wonderful memories.



  • Petros LInardos says:

    Brilliant. Mischa Maisky’s unstoppable stream of deep thoughts brings both laughter and tears. Zsolt Bognar asks very stimulating questions—nothing new about that.

  • Laura Dewhurst says:

    Just beautiful. I love the sound of your cello in particular, and have many of your recordings saved.

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Love Mischa Maisky!!
    I’ve got many of his recordings, and all are brilliant.
    (It’s a marvelous interview, BTW.)

  • Nicholas says:

    Pablo, Grisha, Janos, Slava, Mischa, and many more — each one great and unique. Misha’s beautiful soul comes across so naturally in this interview.