Greetings from Sergei Sobyanin

To the participants, organisers and guests
of the V Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival
in Moscow

Dear Friends,

A hearty welcome to you all to the V International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival in Moscow.
This dazzling event in Moscow’s cultural life is inextricably linked to the name of the great cellist, pianist and conductor. Here, in the capital's most beautiful venues, we will hear some of the world's best-renowned virtuosi, soloists and orchestras from Russia and abroad, performing many masterpieces of the classical repertoire.
According to an established tradition, the Festival dates are always tied to the birthday of this celebrated musician. And Muscovites take particular pride in the fact that Rostropovich was an alumnus of the Moscow Conservatoire, and that it was in our city that he first received recognition, and won the lasting affection of our audiences.
The innumerable lovers of great Art cannot but recall the Maestro’s own brilliant performances in our city, thinking with admiration of his countless gifts and cherishing charismatic personality. The deep thought and attention that Mstislav Rostropovich gave to musical education and enlightenment is something to be treasured, a tradition which is continued within the Festival today by its Artistic Director, Olga Rostropovich.
My friends, I wish you much joy at this Festival, many memorable impressions and much inspiration, new achievements, and good luck.

Sergey Sobyanin,
Mayor of Moscow

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