was born into a family with a broad musical tradition in Tbilisi, Georgia. Her father, Nodar Gabunia, was a prominent pianist and composer who studied with Khatchaturian. She was trained at the conservatories of Tbilisi, Moscow, Hamburg and Utrecht with such eminent teachers as Phillip Hirschhorn, Mark Lubotsky and Maya Glezarova. Miss Gabunia made her solo debut at the age of twelve, playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Georgian State Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Arnold Katz. In the following years she was a soloist with all the major Georgian orchestras, and she also appeared in recitals with the pianists Nino Gvetadze, Keri Badridze and Robert Kulek. She has performed as a soloist with violinist Vadim Repin and oboist Maurice Bourgue, and has made a live recording.of the violin concerto by her late father with the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra and conductor Vakhtang Kachidze. For many years Natalia Gabunia played in the first violin section of the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Presently she teaches at the Conservatory in Liege, Belgium, and at the Conservatory of Tilburg, Netherlands. She also gives regular master classes at the Central Music School in Tbilisi.

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