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Eric C. Sloss

For immediate release:
January 20, 2003

Carnegie Mellon's School of Music presents A Conversation with Mstislav Rostropovich

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's College of Fine Arts, School of Music presents "A Conversation with Russian Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich."

Ken Meltzer, Pittsburgh Symphony, and Alan Fletcher, head of Carnegie Mellon's School of Music will have a question and answer session with the internationally acclaimed cellist at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003, at McConomy Auditorium in the University Center on the Carnegie Mellon campus.

The event will also be accompanied with a performance by the Starling Quartet, the School of Music's honors quartet: Jan Fiser and Eunice Keem, violin; Virna Cornejo, viola; Nicole Myers, cello. The event is free and open to the public. Rostropovich is acknowledged internationally as the world's greatest living cellist. He has inspired the world's leading composers to enhance the standard cello repertoire.

"Mstislav Rostropovich's Pittsburgh Symphony and Carnegie Mellon's appearances are among his only U.S. appearances this season and represent a precious opportunity to hear one of the great musicians of our time," said Alan Fletcher, head of Carnegie Mellon's School of Music. "This is a unique chance to hear him talk about the composers he knows better than anyone, to hear him address our students as the musicians of the future, and to hear his thoughts on the role of the artist in a troubled political world."

Rostropovich is one of the world's most outspoken defenders of human and artistic freedoms. He has devoted much time and has given numerous performances to support humanitarian efforts around the world. In 1990, after an absence of 16 years, he made a triumphant return to the Soviet Union with the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, giving concerts to enormous acclaim in Washington and Leningrad.

During the coup of August 1991 the strength of his attachment to his native Russia compelled him to fly, without a visa, to Moscow to spend those momentous days in the Russian Parliament building and on the streets, where he was hailed as a national hero. Rostropovich holds more than 40 honorary degrees. He has received more than 130 major awards and decorations from some 30 different nations.

The School of Music is one of five schools in Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts. The College of Fine Arts is a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists and professionals organized into five schools: Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music; and its associated centers and programs. For more information on the Rostropovich visit and/or the College of Fine Arts contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or email to


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