Rostropovich at 70

March 29, 1997

Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, former conductor of Washington's National Symphony Orchestra, celebrated his 70th birthday in Paris surrounded by world-famous fans including Yehudi Menuhin, Gregory Peck, Elton John and Prince Charles.

The pianist Van Cliburn returned to Paris after a 31-year absence, Rostropovich's daughter Elena came with her children to sing a prayer, and actor Peter Ustinov gave a comical tribute.

Rostropovich was music director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington until retiring in 1994. He now spends much of his time in Russia.

Pub Date: 3/29/97

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