Natalia Shakhovskaya, Russian cellist, Died at 81


Natalia Shakhovskaya was born on September 27, 1935, and died on May 20, 2017.

She was a Russian cellist.

Natalia Shakhovskaya studied cello at the Gnessin School of Music and later at the Moscow Conservatory under the tutorship of Semyon Kozolupov.

Shakhovskaya completed her education at the aforementioned music conservatory with Mstislav Rostropovich.

She won some of the most important cello competitions in Russia and abroad, including; the First Prize and Gold Medal at the International Tchaikovsky competition in 1962.

Shakhovskaya taught at the Moscow Conservatory (as Head of the Cello Chair and Director of Double Bass Department) from 1974 to 1995, after Rostropovich relinquished the post upon his departure from Russia.

More than forty of her students have won international competitions.

She gave master classes around the world and was a jury member at international competitions.

Natalia Shakhovskaya was a principal teacher at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía (Queen Sofía College of Music) in Madrid.

Natalia Shakhovskaya passed away at 81 years old.