Rostropovich, Mstislav. (1927–2007) & Magaloff, Nikita. (1912–1992)
Original Photograph Playing Together
Original photograph of the great cellist playing with Russian-Georgian pianist Nikita Magaloff. Magaloff plays on a Clavinova, while at the left a woodwind player is barely visible. Stamped on the verso by Ouchy Photo of Lausanne. Very fine. 6.75 x 5 inches (17.3 x 12.4 cm).
From the collection of Georgian-Russian pianist Nikita Magaloff and his wife Irene, the daughter of violinist Joseph Szigeti. Magaloff, born to a noble Georgian family in St. Petersburg, was influenced by family friend Serge Prokofiev and studied with Siloti and Isidor Philipp. Among the friends he made studying at the Paris Conservatory was Maurice Ravel, who considered him "a great, a truly extraordinary musician." He was especially known as the first pianist to record the complete works of Chopin, and for his elegant, refined style, which became more daring later in life.