The founding director of Meta Artists International, Natalja Slobodyreva has worked in a management capacity with the world’s most prominent orchestras, conductors, and soloists, both in the Touring and Artists Management departments.
After joining IMG Artists in Hannover, Germany in 2010, Natalja worked with Harold Clarkson, managing director and global director of touring, on a series of important projects with orchestras and artists such as the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Charles Dutoit and Vadim Repin; the Orchestre de Paris, Paavo Järvi and Khatia Buniatishvili; the Basel Symphony Orchestra, Dennis Russell Davies and Yuri Bashmet; the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia "Evgeny Svetlanov", Vladimir Jurowski and Julia Fischer; the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi and Nicola Benedetti; the Baltic Sea Philharmonic, Kristjan Järvi and Alexander Toradze; the Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theater and Mischa Maisky; Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Jakub Hruša, Louis Langrée, Mikhail Pletnev, Ye-Eun Choi, Hilary Hahn, Daniel Lozakovich, Sandrine Piau and Nikolai Lugansky.
Other highlights of Natalja's years at IMG included the Moscow appearance of Claudio Abbado with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Maria João Pires; the first European tour of the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra, with concerts at the Musikverein Wien and the Brucknerhaus in Linz conducted by Alexander Sladkovsky and featuring Denis Matsuev; and the Baltic Sea Philharmonic's debut in Moscow, conducted by Kristjan Järvi.
Drawing on her background as an experienced manager, Natalja has lectured at Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul on the importance of self-management skills, artist's agencies, organizational structure, creativity and new concert formats, public relations and marketing. She has also served on the jury of competitions.
Natalja grew up in a family of musicians amidst the natural beauty and rich musical traditions of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, the daughter of a violin teacher and a violin maker. She was eleven when her family emigrated to Germany and had already received an intensive music education from the Uspensky Music School for Gifted Children in Tashkent. She subsequently studied violin with Alexander Kramarov, and Josef Rissin, and took master classes with Roman Nodel, Zakhar Bron, and Ivry Gitlis.