Rostropovich: The Indomitable Bow

Internationally acclaimed violinist and filmmaker Bruno Monsaingeon presents the Detroit premiere of his new film, Rostropovich: The Indomitable Bow. The subject - Mstislav Rostropovich - who had already achieved international recognition in the 1950s, was forced to flee his country in 1972. After defending the writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who was expelled from the USSR for having published the “Gulag Archipelago,” Rostropovich was also deprived of his citizenship by the Soviet authorities and resettled to Paris and Washington. This gave birth to his legend.

To tell this extraordinary story, Monsaingeon’s film gathers rare archives and new testimonies from his daughters, Olga and Elena Rostropovich, and friends, Natalia and Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Marta Casals-Istomin and Gennadi Rozhdestvensky. This film presentation will be immediately followed by a question and answer session with Bruno Monsaingeon.


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