Russian cellist Natalia Gutman received her early musical training from her grandfather, Anisim Berlin, and Professor Galina Kozolupova, and later, from the late great cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, pianist Sviatoslav Richter, and her husband, violinist Oleg Kagan. Maestro Richter once expressed his admiration for her saying, “She is an incarnation of truthfulness in music.”
Natalia Gutman is also renowned as a world-class chamber musician. Her regular musical partners have included Martha Argerich, Elisso Virsaladze, Yuri Bashmet, Alexei Lubimov, Sviatoslav Richter and Oleg Kagan. She has given the premiers of many contemporary works; Alfred Schnittke dedicated a sonata and his first Cello Concerto to her. Renowned also for her interpretation of the Bach solo suites, she has performed them in every part of the world.
In 2006, Natalia Gutman performed Schumann’s cello concerto in Milan, Valencia, Cologne, London, Taipei and Florence, and in honor of his 100th birthday, both Shostakovich cello concertos in Caracas, Tel Aviv, Monte Carlo, Warsaw, Athens, Vienna, the Netherlands, and France. In Paris she played the Lutoslawski concerto with the Orchestra Philharmonique, and in Lille, the Dutilleux concerto. 2007 brought concerts with Claudio Abbado and the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra at the Festival Iberoamericano, as well as concert engagements in Lisbon, Istanbul, Boston, Montreal, Italy, Netherlands, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Switzerland. In 2008 she toured in a quartet with Yuri Bashmet, Viktor Tretjakov and Vassily Lobanov, and as a soloist performing in Taiwan, Canada, the US, and throughout Europe.
Highlights of 2009 included performances of the Prokoviev Sinfonia Concertante, the Shostakovich 1st concerto and the Dutilleux cello concerto in Ankara, Parma, St. Petersburg, Boston, Reykjavík, Stuttgart, and Darmstadt. That summer she performed on a festival tour with European Union Youth Orchestra with Vladimir Ashkenazy conducting.