Rostropovich Foundation
“Fund to  Support Young Talented Musicians”
International Firebird Arts Foundation

A Tribute to Maestro

A week of special celebrations honoring Russia’s great musician and Washington’s beloved conductor

October 12 – 16, 2008

On April 27, 2007, the world mourned the passing of a great Russian musician and a world-class cellist who was also the reigning figure of Washington’s musical scene for seventeen years as conductor and artistic director of Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra.  Since his death, there have been many events throughout the world honoring his life’s work.  The Tribute planned for October of this year, however, promises to be very special as family members, friends, colleagues and admirers, Russians and Americans alike, gather in Washington, D.C  to pay homage to the great Maestro. 

* Experienced in governmental, political, charitable, and cultural activities, including high-level Russian-American initiatives, Esther Coopersmith has served in a myriad of capacities, including U.S. representative to the United Nations, President Clinton’s observer to UNESCO and as special advisor to the State Department.   In 1982 she became the first woman since Eleanor Roosevelt to receive the United Nations Peace Prize

Schedule of Events

Sunday, October l2, 2008, 6:00 p.m.,
Memorial Service for Mstislav Rostropovich

St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 400l l7th Street, N.W. (l7th and Shepherd Streets), Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008, 7:00 p.m.,
Embassy of the Russian Federation
Gold Room
Gala Evening

Wednesday, October l5, 2008, 7:30 p.m.,
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
A concert of classical music by winners of Rostropovich commemorative scholarships

Thursday, October l6, 2008, 8:00 p.m.
Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress

Program subject to change without notice.

Rostropovich Foundation “Fund to support young talented musicians”. In l997, Mstislav Rostropovich established the Rostropovich Foundation in Moscow, a charitable foundation of commemorative scholarships to honor great Russian musicians with whom he had enjoyed a long and fruitful friendship. Currently, there are 43 Rostropovich scholarship students from all over Russia. The Foundation strives to identify, support and encourage a new generation of world-class musicians by providing gifted young students with the tools and resources needed to help them reach their highest potential. Students receive financial assistance, help with living accommodations, instruments, if necessary, counseling and other exceptional educational and training opportunities, such as master-classes with renowned teachers and musicians. The Foundation is solely dependent on the generosity of private individuals, organizations and corporations to continue its investment in gifted young musicians.