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Profile Last Updated: 03/04/2021

Vishnevskaya-Rostropovich Foundation

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Purpose and Activities

The foundation's mission is to improve the health care of children in Russia and the former Soviet Union by conducting sustainable public health programs for children that focus on vaccine-preventable diseases and HIV/AIDS.


Established in 1991 in DE - Founded by the late Mstislav Rostropovich, and his late wife, Galina Vishnevskaya, a Russian cellist and soprano respectively. Widely considered as one of the greatest cellists of the 20th century, Rostropovich had works commissioned for him by composers Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Prokofiev, Benjamin Britten, Olivier Messaien, and others. He was also musical director and conductor of the U.S. National Symphony Orchestra, from 1977 to 1994, and in 1995 was the recipient of the Polar Music Prize. Vishnevskaya enjoyed a well-respected international career from 1944 to 1982, and sang at the Royal Opera House and La Scala during her career.


Vishnevskaya-Rostropovich Foundation

Public charity




1776 K St. N.W., 7th Fl. Washington, DC United States 20006-2333

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