Probably one of the most respected cellists of his period, this Soviet musician received 3 International Music Honours and 1 Stalin Prize through the past due 1940s and early 1950s. He performed the functions of Shostakovich, and several additional prominent cellists. He started playing the piano at age four; six years later on, he discovered the cello. In his mid-teens, he became students in the Moscow Conservatory, where he added performing and structure to his set of musical proficiencies. He received a 1984 Grammy Honor for his shows of Brahms’ Op. 38 and Op. 99 cello sonatas. His relationship to Russian opera celebrity Galina Vishnevskaya led to two kids: Elena and Olga. Sergei Prokofiev made up both his Cello Sonata in C, Op. 119 and his Symphony-Concerto for cello for Rostropovich.