Early on, Mischa Maisky was nicknamed the "Rostropovich of the Future". He is the only cellist to have studied with both great masters Mstislav Rostropovich and Gregor Piatigorsky.
Mischa Maisky began studying music in his hometown, in former USSR Latvia. In 1962, he was accepted to the Leningrad Conservatory and in 1965 he made his Leningrad Philharmonic debut. The following year, he won 6th place in the Tchaikovsky International Competition. He then began studying with Mstislav Rostropovich at the Moscow Conservatory. In 1970, he was imprisoned in a labour camp in Gorky. After 18 months, his release was secured by a wealthy American patron thanks to the efforts of his sister, who had already emigrated to Israel. In 1973, he joined his sister, took Israeli citizenship, and resumed his career. He made his American debut at Carnegie Hall, and at the same time received, the gift of an 18th century Montagnana.
While in the United States, he began to study with Gregor Piatigorsky. From 1975, his career took on an international dimension. He played globally, with some of the greatest orchestras, including the Suisse Romande, the Czech Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London and the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mischa Maisky is also a consummate chamber musician and has regularly formed a duo with Martha Argerich. He also frequently collaborated with Radu Lupu, Gidon Kremer and Yuri Bashmet. In 1982, he made his first recording for Deutsche Grammophon: the Double Concerto by Johannes Brahms. Then, in 1985, he played Johann Sebastian Bach’s Suites for Solo Cello. During the 90s, he appeared for the first time at the Proms in London and returned to Moscow for a concert conducted by Mikhael Pletnev. In 2000, he performed, in three Bach Marathon concerts, playing Bach's cello works. In 2011, he performed Chédrine's double concerto "Romantic Offering" with Martha Argerich, and the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra conducted by Neeme Järvi, in Lucerne.
Six Landmark Dates in the Life of Mischa Maisky
1966: Was a prize winner at the Tchaikovsky International Competition
1970: Jailed for 18 months in Gorky
1982: 1st recording for Deutsche Grammophon, of the Brahms Double Concerto 1985: recorded Bach's Cello Suites
1995: returned to Moscow during a concert under the direction of Mikhael Pletnev
2011: Premiered Rodion Chédrine's Double Concerto "Romantic Offering"