Accompanist and docent Natālija Zandmane was born in Baku, Azerbaijan. She studied at Baku Special Secondary Music School, U. Hajibekov Azerbaijan State Conservatory and at P. Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, receiving the qualifications of virtuoso, chamber ensemble musician, teacher and accompanist. Since 1971 she is an accompanist at JVLMA String Instrument Department (classes of professors B.Tiltiņš, V.Stūresteps, V.Šelegovs, V.Zariņš, J.Švolkovskis, A.Baumanis, A.Štrāls and I.Brīnuma). In 2002 she became a docent of JVLMA and since 1983 she also works at Emīls Dārziņš Secondary Music School as an accompanist of String Instrument Department. With violinists and violists she has performed chamber music concerts in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. With violist I. Brīnuma she successfully participated at an international competition in Budapest (1979). She was the accompanist of L. Zariņa at international violin competition NEW VIRTUOSI (Wroclaw, Poland, 2004, 1st prize), acted as an accompanist of many violin and viola competitions, LNO, LNSO, various pre-selection competitions for youth orchestras in Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, for chamber orchestra ‘Kremerata Baltica’, at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Schleswig-Holstein music festival, G. Mahler youth orchestra, J.S. Bach Academy orchestra and other international competitions as well as at international Latvian youth music camp - mastercourses in Ogre (since 2000). As an accompanist she has received numerous diplomas for participation in various competitions and was awarded honorary diplomas by The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia. Natālija Zandmane has made many recordings with Latvian Radio. In 2007 she was the recipient of Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music and Hansabanka Annual Award.