The annual Rostropovich Festival in Baku,
Azerbaijan, honours the cellist, pianist and conductor Rostropovich. Many famous musicians and conductors have worked at the festival. This year John Mills of the English Chamber Orchestra was happy to be playing with Maxim Vengerov.
In Azerbaijan classical music attracts people of all ages and Maxim Vengerov is a big star. He met and worked with Rostropovich on several occasions: “For me Rostropovich was not only my great teacher and mentor but also a second father to me, he opened so many doors for me in music, he has helped to see the music from a different perspective, maybe from a more spiritual aspect.”