When a cellist changed the world

Scholarship Entrant: Mark from Vancouver, WA
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Mark: 15

All my life, I’ve loved music. All my life, I’ve held on to the belief that music can create peace. If I could do anything… I’d be a world famous cellist!
While I do play cello, this is nothing more than a dream. Great cellists start young, and debut early. However, my other dream to be a world famous doctor is much more attainable, but… I digress.
If one would ever doubt that music can change the world, the need look no further than the great musical events of the 20th century. For example, American concert pianist Van Cliburn won the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in the USSR at the height of the Cold War. My favorite example is that of concert cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, who stood up to the USSR the same day that it invaded Czechoslovakia, putting an end to the Prague Spring, left the USSR in exile in 1974, was awarded the 1974 Award of the International League of Human Rights, played cello at the fall of the Berlin Wall and returned to Russia in the 1990’s, in attempt to stop or in some way influence the crises that threatened his home country with war.
Note by note and concerto by concerto, he eased tensions, stood up to bullies, and made beautiful music. So if I could do anything, I’d be a world famous concert cellist, changing the world by uniting through our only common tongue – music, and hopefully, opening us up to peace.

Vote for Mark: 15

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