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Cellist Mischa Maisky will open the Stars Festival

The 27th Liepāja International Stars Festival will begin on 9 March at 6 p.m. with a magnificent concert performed by world renown cellist Mischa Maisky and Liepāja Symphony Orchestra conducted by its principal conductor Gintaras Rinkevičius.

The Riga-born Israeli musician will perform in Liepāja Concert Hall for the first time and perform music by Italian composer Ottorino Respighi and Russian composer Piotr Tchaikovsky.

The Festival will take place in Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER” from 9-16 March.

Mischa Maisky is the only cellist in the world to have studied with the two most famous cello masters – Mstislav Rostropovich and Grigor Piatigorsky. Mstislav Rostropovich said the following about his student: ”His playing combines poetry and exquisite delicacy with great temperament and brilliant technique.” Since 1975, the cellist has performed in the biggest and most famous concert halls of the world, amazed everyone with his unordinary performance as well as his style of dressing. He considers himself to be a citizen of the world: “I’m playing an Italian cello, with French and German bows, Austrian and German strings, my daughter was born in France, my oldest son in Belgium, the middle one in Italy and the youngest one in Switzerland, I’m driving a Japanese car, wear a Swiss watch, an Indian necklace and I feel at home everywhere where people appreciate and enjoy classical music.”

“Liepāja International Stars Festival is a celebration of excellency. It was started in 1993 by Imants Resnis as a parade of pianism stars and has now found an impeccable home – “GREAT AMBER” – offering its stage to a wide variety of music genres and musicians. Nowadays, along with the pianists performing at the concerts we can enjoy virtuoso performances of musicians on string and wind instruments as well as of prominent conductors, orchestras and choirs. I am delighted that the festival will open with a performance of one of the world’s brightest music stars ‒ cello virtuoso Mischa Maisky, which is the proof of the continuous growth of Liepāja International Stars Festival and its ability to enrapture,“ tells Uldis Lipskis, the director of Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, relating to the development of the Festival over 27 years.

Liepāja Symphony Orchestra is the oldest orchestra in the Baltic countries, which as an only professional Latvian orchestra outside the capital has proven its quality by numerous valuable recordings, concerts and festivals in Latvia and abroad. The orchestra has been awarded The Great Music Award a number of times and has received the Latvian Music Recording Award six times.

The 27th Liepāja International Stars Festival, founded by Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, will take place from 9‒16 March at the orchestra residency – Liepāja Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER”. During two weekends there will be five excellent concerts featuring the performances of Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, world famous cellist Mischa Maisky, talented pianist Vestards Šimkus, outstanding Estonian conductor Risto Joost, Chamber Orchestra “Sinfonietta Riga”, State Choir “Latvija”, as well as many other stars.

The Festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, Latvian Cultural Capital Foundation, Liepāja City Council, Cultural Department of Liepāja City Council, “Latvenergo” Ltd., Embassy of Denmark in Latvia and Danish Cultural Institute. Tickets to the festival concerts can be purchased at all Box Offices of “Biļešu paradīze” and at