After studying in Moscow under Galina Kozolupova, Natalia Gutman went on to further studies in Leningrad under Rostropovich, who invited her to join his teaching team even before she had completed her training. She has been a laureate of many competitions, winning the gold medal at the Vienna Youth Festival in 1959 and First Prize at the Munich Competition in 1967. When it had barely begun, her international career was interrupted by the Soviet authorities. She resumed it in 1978, and has since worked with orchestral conductors such as Temirkanov, Masur, Sawallisch, Haitink, and Claudio Abbado, to whom she was very close. She is a passionate advocate of contemporary composers, especially Denisov, Gubaidulina, and Alfred Schnittke, who dedicated his First Sonata
and First Concerto
to her. Her love of chamber music has led her to play with, among others, her late husband Oleg Kagan, Richter, Argerich, Bashmet, and Virsaladze. Natalia Gutman teaches at the Moscow Conservatory, at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna, and the Scuola di Musica in Fiesole (Italy). She gives masterclasses all over the world.