Alexander Ivashkin
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Cellist Alexander Ivashkin died from cancer in London on 31 January, aged 65. Born in Blagoveschensk, Russia, on 17 August 1948, Alexander Ivashkin started his music education at Gnessins Special School of Music for gifted students at the age of five, playing both piano and cello. It was the legendary Mstislav Rostropovich who suggested him to choose a career of a solo cellist. Ivashkin established an international reputation both as an interpreter of the standard repertoire and as a proponent of contemporary music. His highly acclaimed recitals, radio and TV recordings, and appearances with the orchestras have included performances in more than 30 countries. Alexander Ivashkin was also well known as a conductor.

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