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Shakhovskaya, Natalia

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Moscow, 1935. Natalia Shakhovskaya was born in Moscow (Russia). She studied at the Gnessin School of Music, and later at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow under S. Kosolupov. Her final studies were with Mstislav Rostropovich at that Conservatory. She has won the most important performance competitions, both Russian and international. In 1957 she was awarded the Gold Medal at the International Festival for Young Moscow Students and in 1963 she won first prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition. Her artistic career includes recitals and collaborations with the most outstanding orchestras and conductors the world over. She premiered works of several contemporary Russian composers and has likewise carried out an important career as teacher and performer, giving master classes in festivals. Shakhovskaya has been member of the jury in international performance competitions in Germany, France, the Czeck Republic, Russia and South Africa. Between 1962 and 1995 she taught at Moscow's Tchaikovsky Conservatory where she was Head Professor of the Violoncello Chair and Director of the Violoncello and Double Bass Departaments. Starting with the 2001-2002 academic year she returned to her teaching activity in such Conservatory as Professor of Violoncello. Madame Shakhovskaya may be credited with more than forty students who have won prizes in international competitions. Since the 2000-2001 academic year Natalia Shakhovskaya is Head Professor of the Violoncello Chair, sponsored by Ferrovial, at the Reina Sofía School of Music.

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