Georgia-born classical concert pianist who became known as a performer with many of the world's major orchestras.
He toured with the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra of Moscow in 1983. He sought asylum at the American Embassy while in Madrid.
He would always pray before a performance, something he advised all aspiring concert pianists to do.
His father David was a well-known composer, while his mother Liana was an ophthalmologist and a movie actress.
He specialized in Russian composers like Igor Stravinsky.