In her early childhood Natalia GUTMAN was taught by her grandfather Anisim Berlin and Professor Galina Kozolupova. Even more significant artistic influences came later from her teacher Mstislaw Rostropovich, her fatherly and congenial friend the late Svjatoslav Richter and Oleg Kagan, her late husband and famous violinist who passed away in 1990. Maestro Richter once expressed his admiration for Ms. Gutman saying: "...she is an incarnation of truthfulness in music."
In 1967 Natalia Gutman received the first prize in the Munich ARD Competition; a reward that marks the beginning of her international career. Since then she has performed in Europe, Japan, the United States, South America and Australia with orchestras such as the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony, Munich and St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw Orchest Amsterdam and many more. Festival appearances have included the Salzburg summer Festival and the Berliner and Wiener Festwochen. Ms. Gutman has performed with conductors such as Wolfgang Sawallisch, Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, Bernhard Haitink, Yevgeny Svetlanov, Yuri Temirkanov, Sergiu Celibidache, Mstislav Rostropovich and Kurt Masur.
Natalia Gutman now plays regularly with the most prestigious orchestras the world over. She has been scheduled for 2000 Berlin Philharmonic with Claudio Abbado for the opening of Berlin Festwochen and festivals in Salzburg, Luzern and BBC Proms. In 1998 Ms. Gutman toured South Africa with orchestra concerts and a solorecital. With those performances she visited the last continent on the globe where she had never performed. Prior to these performances she played Orchestra concerts with NDR Symphony and Paavo Berglund in Hamburg and with the Dresden Philharmonic and Mauricio Kagel in Dresden.
Another primary interest of Ms. Gutman is Chamber Music. Collaboratingwith her in this field are Martha Argerich, Eliso Virsaladze, Yuri Bashmet, Alexeij Lubimov, Svjatoslav Richter and Oleg Kagan. As a Chamber Music performer she has premiered many contemporary works. Alfred Schnittke dedicated to Ms. Gutman a sonata and his first Cello Concerto.