Virtuoso concert pianist known for his mastery of many composers and his whimsical fashion choices when performing.
He started taking piano lessons when he was six and violin lessons when he was nine, but he was primarily interested in tennis, a sport in which he excelled.
He won the 1992 Naumburg International Piano Competition, becoming the first African-American pianist to do so.
His mother was a professor of social work at Illinois State University. His father was born in Sierra Leone and became a physics professor.
He played for President Bill Clinton at the White House.