Mstislav Rostropovich (1927-2007)
The most celebrated cellist of our times, Mstislav Rostropovitch played with and conducted the most prestigious international orchestras. A life-long defender of democratic principles, human rights and tolerance, he enjoyed worldwide respect and admiration for his personal convictions and artistic work. Grand Officier de la Légion d’Honneur and holder of the most prestigious international awards, he worked alongside UNESCO to promote freedom of expression in the arts and in politics.
Committed to the causes of UNESCO, Mstislav Rostropovitch gave his support to education and cultural projects, using his international standing to promote UNESCO’s appeal for art education in schools. Together with his wife, the celebrated opera soprano Galina Vishnevskaya, he set up a charitable foundation to manage their social projects and activities.