Mischa Maisky(Latvian: Miša Maiskis, Hebrew: מישה מייסקי; born January 10, 1948 in Riga, Soviet Union(now Latvia) ) is a Soviet-born Israeli cellist.
Mischa Maisky is the younger brother of organist, harpsichordist and musicologist Valery Maisky (1942–1981).
He began studies in Rigaand Leningradand later with Mstislav Rostropovichat the Moscow Conservatorywhilst pursuing a concert career throughout the Soviet Union. In 1966 he won 6th Prize at the MoscowInternational Tchaikovsky Competition. While his debut, at 17, with the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra earned him the nickname "Rostropovich of the future", it was in 1966, as prize-winner of the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition, that he really started getting noticed. He entered the famous Moscow Conservatoryto study with Rostropovich and was quickly taken under the great musician's wing.In 1970, after his sister emigrated to Israelhe was arrested and spent 18 months in prison and a working camp. After spending 2 more months in the psychiatric hospital - in order to escape military service - he finally repatriated to Israelin 1972, where he holds citizenship. He also studied for a time with Gregor Piatigorskyin Los Angeles. He currently lives in Belgium.
In his performing and recording career, Maisky has worked in long-standing partnerships with artists such as the pianistsMartha Argerich, khatia Buniatishvili, Radu Lupu, Nelson Freire, Peter Serkin, Evgeny Kissin, Lang Langand Sergio Tiempo, the violinistsGidon Kremer, Itzhak Perlman, Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov, Joshua Bell, Julian Rachlinand Janine Jansen, and the conductorsLeonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta, Carlo Maria Giulini, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Yuri Temirkanov, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, James Levine, Charles Dutoit, Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergievand Gustavo Dudamel. Maisky's friendship with Argerich - of over 40 years - has led to many performances and recordings together, such as the world premiere of Shchedrin’s double concerto Romantic Offering in 2011 in Lucerne, Switzerland.
As a Deutsche Grammophonartist for more than 30 years, he has made over 50 recordings, including many with such orchestras as the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Orpheus Chamber Orchestraand Chamber Orchestra of Europe. His recordings have enjoyed world-wide critical acclaim and have been awarded five times the prestigious Record Academy Prize in Tokyo, three times Echo Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, Grand Prix du Disque in Paris and Diapason d’Or of the Year as well as the coveted Grammy nominations.
Mischa Maisky has the distinction of being the only cellist in the world to have studied with both Mstislav Rostropovich and Gregor Piatigorsky. Rostropovich has lauded Mischa Maisky as "...one of the most outstanding talents of the younger generation of cellists. His playing combines poetry and exquisite delicacy with great temperament and brilliant technique."
In 1973Maisky made his debut at New York's Carnegie Hall. After the performance, an anonymous fan gave him the Domenico Montagnana cello which he has played ever since.In 1976 he made his orchestral debut in London and, in the following year, performed a recital debut with Radu Lupu. He has extensively concertized all over the world, particularly in Europe and the Far East (he toured Japan 46 times during past 30 years and played there nearly 400 concerts!). In 1995 he returned to Russia – after 23 years – for concerts and recording with RNO and Mikhail Pletnev. One of the highlights in his career was the year 2000 - it was mainly devoted to a world-wide Bach tour which included over 100 concerts! In order to express his deep admiration for this great composer, Mischa Maisky has recorded Bach's Solo Suites three times. In 2003, he performed the Adagio con Variazoni by Respighi and Kol Nidrei, a brilliantly lyrical piece by Max Bruch, at the St. Petersburg Symphony Hall with that Orchestra and Yuri Temirkanovduring the celebration of 300 Years of St. Petersburg.Recent highlight was certainly his trio performance in Carnegie Hall with Itzhak Perlman and Evgeny Kissin in December 2015.
Maisky's daughter, Lily Maisky, born in Paris in 1987 and raised in Brussels, is embarking on a career as a concert pianist. Maisky's son, Sascha Maisky, born in Brussels in 1989, is starting on a career as a concert violinist. Lily and Sascha have performed as part of "Maisky Trio" with their father. From his 2nd marriage, to Evelyn De Silva, Maisky also has three other sons Maxim (b. 2004), Manuel (b. 2009) and Mateo (b.2013), as well as daughter Mila Elina (b. 2015).