Famed Latvian-born, Israeli cellist Mischa Maisky will join the Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra with violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet in a United States tour that will include one stop in Toronto, Canada. www.roythomson.com New Yorkers will have the opportunity to hear these
virtuosos at their Avery Fisher Hall performance on April 28th, 2012 at 3 pm.

Photo: Mischa Maisky and Yuri Bashmet
I had the great pleasure of
experiencing last summer’s rehearsal and performance of both Bashmet and Maischky, along with Evgeny Kissin and Vadim Repin – all regular guests at the prestigious Verbier Festival and one of my much cherished musical experiences.
Because of this wonderful experience, I am looking forward to attending the performance on April 28th. In an interview with the BBC, in June 2011, Maisky conveys his thoughts about the “full education” he received growing up in the former Soviet Union. On one side he received a brilliant musical education at the Moscow conservatory under Mstislav Rostropovich, who consequently called him one of the most outstanding talents of the younger generation of cellists. Contiguously, he also experienced personally the complete terror of political oppression and persecution. In 1970 he was convicted for the crime of attempting to buy a tape recorder on the black market and was imprisoned in a labor camp for 18 months, following 2 months of mental hospitalization. He was branded a troublemaker when his sister left Riga for Israel. He followed her after his release, never to return until the 1990s. In 2011 Maisky and other outstanding musicians (Martha Argerich, Gidon Kremer, Evgeny Kissin) gave a concert in Strasbourg in protest of human rights abuses in Russia, in support of and calling for the release of the jailed Russian oligarch Mikail Khordokovsy. This summer in Verbier, Maisky convincingly described to me the power of music and the momentum gained in united voices who are – as he is – willing to dedicate themselves to support human rights.

Maestro Maisky and Ilona Oltuski of GetClassical at the Verbier Festival

With over 30 recordings as an exclusive Deutsche Gramophone artist for the past 25 years, Maisky has become a household-name in longstanding partnerships with artists like Martha Argerich, Radu Lupu, Gidon Kramer and Janine Jansen, as well as conductors like Zubin Mehta, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Daniel Barenboim and orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris and others.

Yuri Bashmet

Founded by Bashmet in 1992, Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra made its debut in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire.  Working as Principal Director of the ‘Novaya Rossiya’ State Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the December White Nights Festival (Moscow), Bashmet appears throughout the world in his dual role as conductor and soloist. In the US he has recently toured to high acclaim as a violist with Anne Sophie Mutter and Lynn Harrell, as well as appearing in recital with Evgeny Kissin.
With his enormous amount of acclaim ( the London Times wrote about Bashmet, “Without a doubt, one of the world’s greatest living musicians”), he has given the viola a new prominence. There are over 25 viola-concertos
dedicated to Bashmet by composers including Schnittke and Gubaidulina.
The Moscow Soloists’ vivid character and great variety of programming stand out because of their interesting premieres of new music and excellent soloists. Their concerts are broadcast and recorded by BBC, Bavarian Radio, Radio France and Radio Japan’s NHK Corporation and their recordings have received several nominations and a Grammy Award for their Stravinsky-Prokofiev
disc of 2007.
In addition, the orchestra has performed and recorded worldwide with a long list of internationally renowned soloists that includes Gidon Kremer, Mytislav Rostropovich, Vadim Repin, Sarah Chang, James Galway and Thomas Quasthoff. They intend to celebrate their 20th anniversary with works by Schubert, Haydn, Tchaikovsky and Brahms.
Promoted by Maestro Artist Management, who are focused on presenting international artists in the US, there is a special limited time offer available for this concert: code MAESTRO will save 10$ on any price ticket at www.lincolncenter.org 20$ -Student tickets are also available at the Box office with a valid Student ID.
The 2012 US tour’s performance will also include one
performance in Toronto, Canada:
April 26th Chicago, IL – Orchestra Hall
April 27th Bethesda, MD- Strathmore Hall
April 28th New York, NY – Avery Fisher Hall
April 29th Boston, MA – Symphony Hall
May 3rd Toronto, Canada – Roy Thomson Hall
May 4th
San Francisco, CA – Herbst Theatre
May 5th
Los Angeles, CA – Wilshire Ebell Theatre (sans Mischa Maisky)
May 6th
Seattle, WA   – Benaroya Hall