Founder of the Mullova Chamber Ensemble and winner of the 1980 International
She grew up in Soviet Russia and studied at the Central Music School of Moscow and then at the Moscow Conservatoire.
She fled the Soviet Union with one of her lovers while on tour in Finland and was driven across the border of Sweden by a Finnish Broadcasting Company journalist.
She has one child with her husband cellist Matthew Barley and two from previous relationships with
She has interpreted a lot of jazz compositions, such as work by Duke Ellington.