Known for his masterful violin performances with a variety of orchestras, including the Berlin, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras.
He joined the Moscow Conservatory after his family moved when he was three years old, and then left the Soviet Union when he was twenty-two by citing mental health issues. He moved to the United States to study at the Juilliard School.
He is also a conductor and a founding director of the New European Strings Chamber Orchestra.
He married a woman named Susan in London and had a daughter named Julia with her.
He has transcribed many works for string orchestras, including the "Goldberg Variations" by Johann Sebastian Bach for string trio.