Natalia Gutman

Natalia Grigoryevna Gutman (Russian: Наталья Григорьевна Гутман) (born 14 November 1942 in Kazan), PAU, is a Russian cellist. She began to study cello at the Moscow Music School with R. Sapozhnikov. She was later admitted to the Moscow Conservatory, where she was taught by Galina Kozolupova amongst others. She later studied with Mstislav Rostropovich.[1]


Natalia Gutman was born on November 14, 1942 in Kazan to a Jewish family.[2]

From the age of 5 she played the cello, studied with her stepfather, the cellist RE Sapozhnikov, and from the age of 14 with her grandfather AA Berlin. Until the second grade, she studied at the Gnessin Music School, then at the Central Music School at the Moscow Conservatory.

Already at the age of nine she played her first solo concert at a music school. In 1964 she graduated from the Moscow Conservatory and in 1968 she did postgraduate studies at the Leningrad Conservatory.

The cellist's repertoire includes a wide range of composers from J.S.Bach and L. Boccherini to D.D.Shostakovich and V. Lutoslavsky .


Distinguished at important international competitions, she has carried out tours around Europe, America and Japan, being invited as a soloist by great conductors and orchestras. At one notable recital, she was accompanied by Sviatoslav Richter in the Chopin Cello Sonata. Always attentive to music from the 20th century, she regularly performs works by contemporary composers. She has recorded Shostakovich's Cello Concerto for RCA records and Dvořák's Cello Concerto with Wolfgang Sawallisch conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra for EMI records.

She has performed with for example, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra or the Concertgebouw Orchestra.

A great supporter of chamber music and contemporary music, she founded the Musikfest Kreuth with her husband, Oleg Kagan, in 1990. She continued the festival in memory of Kagan, who died in 1990.


  1. ^ Wilson, Elizabeth (5 May 2011). Mstislav Rostropovich: Cellist, Teacher, Legend. ISBN 9780571261147. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  2. ^ Eichler, Jeremy (22 February 2008). "A Russian cellist who stands on the shoulders of giants".

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