Elizabeth Wilson (1 March)

London-born cellist, teacher and author, Elizabeth Wilson studied with Mstislav Rostropovich at the Moscow Conservatoire from 1964-1967, playing in his classes with her friend Jacqueline du Pré. She has combined careers as performer and teacher, playing with distinguished ensembles in Britain and Europe as well as devising and presenting radio and concert series on a range of Russian themes. In parallel with these activities, she also writes about music and musicians, including her book Shostakovich, A Life Remembered, one of the few definitive studies of a composer whose biographies tend towards the ambiguous or partisan. Her other books include authoritative biographies of Rostropovich and Jacqueline du Pré. Her recollections to Steven Isserlis of her encounters with these two musicians alone  promise a memorable evening.

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