Natalia Gutman was taught by her grandfather Anisim Berlin, and Professor Galina Kozolupova in her early childhood. Later, the most significant artistic influences on her musical personality were 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 Natalia Gutman saying: "... she is the incarnation of truthfulness in music."
In 1967 Natalia Gutman received the first prize in the Munich ARD Competition, a reward which marked the beginning of her international career. Since then she has performed in all five continents, with such orchestras as the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic, the important London orchestras, the Munich and St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw Orchest Amsterdam and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, amongst others. Festival appearances have included the Salzburg Summer Festival and the Berliner and Wiener Festwochen. She has worked with such famous conductors as Wolfgang Sawallisch, Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, Bernhard Haitink, Yevgeny Svetlanov, Yuri Temirkanov, Sergiu Celibidache, Mstislav Rostropovich and Kurt Masur. Natalia Gutman now regularly plays with the most prestigious orchestras throughout the world. In summer 2000 she performed again with Bernhard Haitink and the Berlin Philharmonic at the opening of the Berlin Festwochen, as wel as such festivals as Salzburg, Luzern and the BBC Proms in London. Extensive tours took place in the USA in Spring 2002 and are scheduled for Asia in Autumn 2003.
Another important interest of Natalia Gutman is the field of chamber music. Her most regular partners have included Martha Argerich, Elisso Virsaladze, Yuri Bashmet, Alexeij Lubimov, Svjatoslav Richter and Oleg Kagan. She has premièred many contemporary works and Alfred Schnittke dedicated a sonata and his first 'Cello Concerto to her. The complete Bach solo suites have been played by Natalia Gutman in Moscow, Berlin, Munich, Madrid and Barcelona, amongst other cities of importance.
Natalia Gutman has recorded the Shostakovich Concertos No. 1 and 2 with Yuri Temirkanov and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for RCA/BMG-Ariola. Later, Natalia Gutman signed a recording contract with EMI for Dvorak's 'Cello Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch, as well as other works. In 1992, the Schumann and Schnittke 'Cello Concertos, performed with the London Philharmonic and conducted by Kurt Masur, were released. One of the recent CD releases by EMI Classics was Schumann's complete chamber music, with partners such as Martha Argerich, Misha Maisky and others. Natalia Gutman currently records mostly for "Live Classics", a company dedicated principally to the group of musicians around her, Oleg Kagan and Svjatoslav Richter. Numerous CDs, including highly acclaimed orchestral works, have been released during recent years.
Each year at the beginning of July, Natalia Gutman invites her friends, all of whom are world-renowned musicians, to the International Oleg Kagan Musikfest Kreuth, Tegernseer Tal in the Bavarian Alps. She founded this festival in 1990 with her late husband, Oleg Kagan and the event is now dedicated to his memory.