From March 28-31 the Stauffer Academy hosted Mischa Maisky, a living legend of the cello, a guest of major international festivals and stages. A pupil of two great musicians of the past – Mstislav Rostropovich and Grigory Pyatigorsky, Maisky has achieved worldwide celebrity for the purity and intensity of his sound and the nobility of his phrasing.
On March 28 and 29, the celebrated musician was featured in a cello masterclass in Stradivari Hall. The course culminated in a special tour of the Violin Museum in Cremona and a small musical moment at the Giovanni Arvedi Auditorium. Together with Stauffer student Ettore Pagano, Mischa Maisky played the precious “Stauffer – ex Cristiani” cello by Antonio Stradivari from the 1700s, owned by the Stauffer Foundation.
On March 30 and 31, the Stauffer Academy again offered a masterclass with the Maisky Trio, formed by Mischa Maisky together with his children, pianist Lily and violinist Sascha. The selected young trios had the exceptional opportunity to delve into the chamber repertoire for this chamber ensemble under their guidance. To crown the course, a concert was held in Stradivari Hall: Trio Rinaldo, Trio Chimera and Trio Kobalt performed masterpieces by A. Dvořák, M. Kagel and P.I. Tchaikovsky. The event, which was streamed live, is now available on the Stauffer Center for Strings YouTube channel