In February, tour in Italy. In March, recital at the Kennedy Center. Improvises an accompaniment for Luciano Pavarotti and Renata Scotto during a social event. First concerts under Rostropovich at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Repeated collaborations with Jerzy Semkow (in Saint Louis and Puerto Rico) and Sergiu Comissiona (in Pittsburgh and Baltimore). In the fall, American tour with the Trio. Columbia reissues some of his LPs (Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Chopin) and proposes new recording projects, soon to be abandoned.

Marta and Eugene Istomin in 1976