Born into a family of musicians in Novosibirsk, Russia, Natalia has already established herself internationally as a versatile performing artist. Having won numerous prizes in Tibor Varga, Tchaikovsky, Menuhin, Stradivari International Violin competitions; in the year 2000 she received the Gold Medal and the 1st Prize in the Premio Paganini International Violin Competition (Genoa, Italy) and the 1st prize in the Michael Hill International Violin Competition (Auckland, New Zealand) in 2003.
Natalia studied at the Specialist Music School in Novosibirsk with Prof. A. Gvozdev, at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England with Lord Menuhin and Prof. N. Boyarskaya, at the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music with Prof. Hu Kun and currently lives in London.
Since her debut with the Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra at the age of seven, Natalia performed as a soloist with many orchestras, such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Lord Menuhin, the Philharmonia, the Singapore Symphony, the New Zealand Symphony, the Auckland Philharmonia, the Christchurch Symphony, the Bilkent Symphony, the Tokyo Royal Philharmonic, the New European Strings, the Kronstadt Philharmonic, Melbourne Symphony, Adelaide Symphony, St.Petersburg Radio Symphony and the Nice Philharmonic among many others.
Natalia is often invited to perform solo and chamber music at various Festivals around Europe and Asia such as Paganiniana, The Tuscan Sun, Sansepolcro, Portogruaro, Evaristo Valle, Korsholm, Yerevan, Ako (Japan)and many others.
In 2001 Natalia recorded the Three Grieg Violin Sonatas with pianist Olga Sitkovetsky for the DYNAMIC label to a high critical acclaim. Since that her recital in Cremona on Paganini's violin was recorded on FONE and released in 2003. Her CD of French Sonatas with pianist Olga Sitkovetsky has been released on Trust Records in 2004; the Strad described it "... a stunning recital". Her latest CD with husband Yuri Zhislin will be realeased later this year on NAXOS.
Natalia has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in such prestigious venues in London as the Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Buckingham Palace, the Barbican and the Royal Festival Hall. She has performed chamber music with such distinguished musicians as Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, the late Boris Pergamenschikov, Tabea Zimmerman, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Schlomo Mintz and many others. She has toured the Great Britain, Italy, France, Germany, Finland, Russia, Poland, Spain, the USA, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Singapore, Japan and New Zealand.
In the recent years Natalia has also been invited as a Guest Concertmaster of Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Virtuosi of Europe, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio Sinfonieorchester Berlin and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2011 Natalia was appointed as a Professor of Violin at the Royal College of Music in London and as Leader of Oxford Philomusica.