Known for his mastery of Classical and Romantic-era composers. His youthful understanding of the piano was uncanny.
He played publicly beginning at age five, but was sidelined at age seven for a year with poliomyelitis. He still managed to make his formal recital debut at age eight.
He relocated to Paris when he was 19 to study with
He was born into a musical family: his father played the violin and his mother was a talented pianist.
He performed Robert Schumann's famed Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54, when he was 15.