Known for the numerous recordings he made of rarer pieces, such as Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler.
He was a student at the Paris Conservatoire. He was awarded the First Prize in piano in 1969.
He suffered a brain stroke while performing at a Berlin recital in October 2012. He credited his faith in the principles of Scientology for his rapid recovery.
He was born in Marseilles, France, but grew up in Cameroon.
He performed Franz Liszt 's Hungarian Fantasy at his first public concert in May 1966.