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People’s Artist of the USSR
The outstanding Russian cellist Natalia Gutman graduated from the Moscow Conservatoire, where she had studied under Galina Kozolupova and Mstislav Rostropovich.
By the age of twenty-five, Natalia Gutman had already won numerous awards at prestigious European competitions in Vienna (1959), Prague (the Antonнn Dvořák Competition during the Prague Spring festival, 1961), Moscow (the Pyotr Tchaikovsky Competition, 1962) and Munich (the Chamber Ensembles’ Competition, 1967).
The cellist tours frequently, performing with the world’s finest orchestras, among them the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Munich Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw as well as Russia’s leading ensembles (the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the St Petersburg Philharmonic, Honoured Ensemble of Russia and the National Orchestra of Russia among many others).
She has appeared with such outstanding musicians as Svyatoslav Rikhter, Isaac Stern, Oleg Kagan, Eliso Varsaladze, Marta Argerich, Alexei Lyubimov and Yuri Bashmet to name but a few. Alfred Schnittke, Edison Denisov and Sofia Gubaidulina have all dedicated works to her.
Natalia Gutman’s repertoire includes works by many composers ranging from Bach and Boccherini to Shostakovich and Lutosławski. On the Russian concert stage, she has been the first performer of many works by contemporary foreign composers.
For many years, Natalia Gutman has taught at the Moscow Conservatoire, and since 1991 she has also been a professor at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart. Natalia Gutman frequently gives master classes all across the globe.
Together with Claudio Abbado, she established the mini-festival Berlin Meetings.