Mischa Maisky is the only cellist to have studied successively under Mstislav Rostropovich and Gregor Piatigorsky. He even received some advice from Pablo Casals! Born in Latvia, he grew up in Russia, where he spent eighteen months in a labour camp before being allowed to emigrate to Israel in 1973. He sees himself as a citizen of the world and lives in Brussels. His illustrious career has taken him to the four corners of the world and he has played under all the great orchestral conductors of our time and of the recent past, including Bernstein, Maazel, Mehta, Muti, Ashkenazy, Barenboim, Jansons, Gergiev, and Dudamel. Martha Argerich’s favourite musical partner for forty years now, he has also played chamber music with Gidon Kremer, Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov, Itzhak Perlman, Janine Jansen, Yuri Bashmet, Nelson Freire, Lang Lang, Radu Lupu, and Evgeny Kissin. Fascinated by Bach’s oeuvre, he played his music throughout a world tour of more than a hundred concerts in 2000, to mark the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death. He has recorded Bach’s complete Suites for solo cello on three occasions. His extensive discography, for the most part on Deutsche Grammophon, has won many awards.